This autumn I have spent week after week in the serials publications library (our D facility).
Demand has been high for a new, up-to-date list of our complete holdings of magazines, journals and newsletters.
AFU received so many important collections of serial publications in the past five years, like from Bob Rickard (CFI & Fortean Times), Gordon Creighton (FSR), Per Andersen & Willy Wegner (Danish), John Rimmer & Peter Rogerson (Magonia) and from the Spanish CEI. The latest big batch came this summer from BSRA/BSRF in Eureka, California and has now slipped into a new catalogue.
Previous AFU lists have been in the PDF format. This time, it proved to be more complicated to produce readable lists as PDFs. The Access software has – with new versions – become so detailed that you have to be an almost daily user to understand combine functions to produce lists that can be “PDF:ed”. After hours of attempts I decided to stop experimenting, and so a simple Microsoft Excel file will do the trick of distributing our serials catalogue. Please find the file here:
In the list one finds 73.845 single issues of journals and newsletters representing many thousands of serial publications – short- and long-lived – from 57 nations across the world. From Argentina to Zimbabwe.
With the next edition it may be the time for a more systematic integration, within catalogue records, of all the thousands of digital versions held by AFU on our internal NAS server (material not cleared for public download) and on our Downloads page (items cleared for public download).
Isaac Koi, of AFU’s International Advisory Board, is making an herculean effort to trace down editors and publishers of journals and newsletters to ask them for the rights to scan the contents of old volumes and to make them available as PDFs. AFU has established a work group to continously work with Isaac in this effort.
Leif & Irene, at our digitization centre, come into sharp action when a particular magazine has been “cleared” and permission given by it’s former editor.
Basic collections are brought from our magazine store for the scanning. Isaac co-ordinates this work more or less on a daily basis with collection owners in the US (Center for UFO Studies, Barry Greenwood, Rod Dyke, and elsewhere in the world) to eventually produce as complete sets of scans as is possible.
With combined resources we can accomplish “the impossible” and help preserve parts of a post-WWII folklore.