Some people in ‘mainstream’, fact-finding ufology may have a damaged respect for the early, occult-oriented theories on the flying discs published by the California-based Borderland Sciences Research Associates (BSRA).
AFU would beg to differ on this. The group was one of the most influentual in the early years of ufology. Their theories may hold up better than many extreme conspirational ET-oriented theories of recent decades.
One dark evening in November 1983 a Swedish old-time member of BSRA, Carl Olof Holmqvist, came to our then small facility with a full car-load of books and magazines. One of the finest early donations to AFU that included an almost full run of what the BSRA had published on the flying disc problem from 1945 and up until the early 1980s. We were, and are, proud to have this collection from what must have been one of very few life-long Swedish associates of BSRA.
Occultist Meade Layne started The Round Robin, a duplicated newsletter, in 1945. The early group of BSR Associates included paranormal author Vincent Gaddis and Wilhelm Reich-student and creator of the animals-in-our-atmosphere-theory for UFOs, Trevor James Constable. BSRA – later a foundation, BSRF – is still active with a homepage and on Facebook. For many years there circulated on the internet a film from the BSRA archives that sent us on the AFU board thinking “What will happen to that unique early archive?”.
Clas Svahn doggedly traced down the present curator of the old BSRA/BSRF files in Eureka, California. A summer vacation to California now in May-June 2016 brought Clas and his sons Niklas and Markus to Eureka, where they had a pre-arranged meeting with BSRF archivist James Borges on June 1, 2016. AFU arranged, and paid for, packing materials (standard-size new boxes, packing tape, plastics).
After hours of hard work the archive had finally been packed and boxes neatly arranged on three pallets for shipping to Sweden. The top picture shows James Borges loading parts of the archive from one of two garages where it was kept.
Luckily, AFU has a keen US sponsor, Larry Frascella, who helped us out by paying all costs for trans-Atlantic shipping of the collection. We are also immensely grateful to Larry’s sister Annine Frascella for her skillful help with all practical details with booking the shipment.
The pallets were shipped from Houston on June 26 aboard the US-Danish container vessel Maersk Carolina (above). After transfer to a feeder vessel on the European continent the pallets arrived in Gothenburg on July 26.
It took only a few days before we had a call from our Swedish agent and – as you can see – the archive is now in good hands. In the picture AFU co-workers Sven Olov Svensson and Johan Gustavsson as they have started lifting the boxes down into our reception facility. There, everything is now gradually being sorted and catalogued.
More to follow on this valuable collection. If you want a detailed introduction on BSRA and the collection check out Håkan Blomqvist‘s blog post here.