Luis Schönherr was an internationally known ‘UFO philosopher’ who left this world October 7, 2009. He had been interested in UFOs and other paranormal phenomena ever since the big European wave of UFO-humaniod sightings in 1954 and had collected a vast library of carefully selected, serious literature. His articles and thoughtful letters-to-the-editors appeared in many UFO periodicals across the world.
This winter his son Martin Schönherr made contact with the J. Allen Hynek Center of UFO Studies, where Luis had been an associate for decades, to ask them recommend a site for preservation of his father’s collection. Mark Rodeghier recommended AFU and this is why we were contacted by e-mail on March 15 and soon agreed upon a transfer of the material to Sweden. The material is a donation from Martin Schoenherr while AFU has paid for packing and shipping to Sweden. The Schenker lorry with 492 kilos on two pallets arrived outside AFU on April 30.
Håkan Blomqvist and I spent four hours that evening unpacking the 17 heavy boxes to get a general estimate of the materials. The collection now covers five shelf sections in our ‘C’ facility (picture below) where it will be sorted, catalogued and added to different parts of our collections. The more personal papers, including Mr. Schönherr’s correspondence binders and papers connected to his own-developed computer files of international cases will form a basic Schoenherr archive.
The donation to AFU also includes computer tapes and punchcard systems, many volumes of professionally bound magazines (like FSR and UFO-Nachrichten since the very start) or magazines carefully protected in binders (like Pursuit). As work proceeds on the collection we will certainly come back with more detailed presentations.