AFU has frequent visitor’s notes made in our guest book. We’ve been lazy on reporting visits but will try to improve. This autumn we’ve had a series of visits worthy of note:
In the morning of Sept 20 we had a group of 13 people, archivists and members of the board, from the JLF, Jönköpings Läns Folkrörelsearkiv. This is a south-Swedish group of “people movement archives”. Jönköping is the county immediately to the south of our own Östergötland county, where AFU is a member of a similar group. The group, headed by chief archivist Lars Östvall, also visited three other archives on a two-day-tour through Östergötland.
On October 3 we were visited by Katrine Volsing and Jacob Rützou Andersen, journalist students at University of Copenhagen. They interviewed Anders and Johan for a radio feature, and toured the archives’ facilities. They also checked some folder of their home country’s SUFOI report archives, after contacts with members of the SUFOI board.
On October 4, Mathias Rosberg, film producer at Tally-Ho Creatives AB, came for a first visit, planning a documentary TV film on the UFO phenomenon. At the archives he was shown around by Anders and interviewed Clas, Carl-Anton and Anders about our interests in UFOs and the paranormal.
November 3 and 4, we welcomed Scott Lloyd from Averystywth in Wales (UK). Scott is a folklorist and fortean who has written The Arthurian Place Names of Wales which will appear in March 2017. Scott’s visit at AFU focused on his next project which will be a book on early years of the Fortean movements. At AFU he perused our collections of Tiffany Thayer’s Doubt, early issues of the Fate Magazine and also Ivan T. Sanderson’s Pursuit. Writing in an email after the visit: “I managed to get through so much research in my short visit that would have taken me months otherwise. You really do have a world class collection and I hope to be able to visit again next year.”
November 10 we had a group of twelve members of the local chapter of STF, the Swedish Tourist Association, headed by Lisa Hammar, IT archivist with the Swedish Metereological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) here in Norrköping. The interested group saw five of our facilities during a two hour tour.
Pictures from top to bottom: Mathias Rosberg (photo Clas Svahn), Scott Lloyd (photo Anders Liljegren) and STF members in the AFU library (photo Lisa Hammar).