A bi-product of the joint deal, in 2005, to buy the SOS-OVNI collection from Perry Petrakis, in France, was the exchange of materials with SCEAU, the French society that aims to preserve French ufology & ‘the ufological culture’ through depositions at official libraries & archives in France.
In the Petrakis collection were a lot of English language books and magazines that were really not needed here by AFU (we had multiple copies before), but would be perfect acquisitions for SCEAU. We exchanged lists with each other and agreed on the exchange of more than a hundred items. By exchange AFU also received a full run of SCEAU publications (below) and about two shelf meters of French-language books that were not included with the Petrakis deal.
The SCEAU books and magazines (and the Petrakis collection) arrived at AFU in July with ‘couriers’ Gunnar Westholm and Ulrika Dubos, close friends of SCEAU chairman Jacques Scornaux. On the right the two meters of French ufo-related literature before cataloguing started at the AFU library.
The boxes from France also included big batches of the French magazine La Ligne Bleue Survolee? and a number of issues of the Belgian Inforespace, to make our collection of that title more complete.
As an exchange gift from us, Gunnar & Ulrika also carried, on their return trip to Paris, two heavy boxes of Scandinavian books and magazines for the SCEAU general archives, including a selection of UFO book titles and a full run of UFO-Sweden’s magazine UFO-Aktuellt, since it’s inception in 1980.