AFU files include more than half-a-million clippings about phenomena from around the world.
Sweden: AFU has had a continous clipping subscription with a clipping bureau since 1970 for clippings related to sightings and the general debate on UFO phenomena. We have also taken care of dozens of old clipping collections from collectors around the country who were interested in the paranormal.
Each incoming collection is detail-checked against the AFU master file of (picture on the left). Scanning/digitisation of the clipping collection is underway with the period 1970-1984 finalized (status in July 2013). Also, all clippings after 2002 are digitized for a regular yahoo mailing list that you can join. The retrospective material available at AFU covers more than 35.000 articles, which includes rich materials on the 1930s ghost fliers, the 1946 ghost rockets and the 1980s submarine violations of Swedish coasts.
Other Scandinavian countries: Through exchange and donations we have substantial files of Danish, Norwegian and Finnish clippings related to UFOs and other phenomena. For instance, we have the Willy Wegner clipping files (1997, 2012) which the Danish librarian based his bibliographies on. Finnish ufologist Kalevi Mikkonen donated (2006) large parts of his clipping files (picture below) In November 2006, AFU received a Norwegian clipping file of about 60 articles covering the time 1954-1964 from Roald Berthelsen.
Britain & World-wide:
Since 2010 an ongoing project is to digitize the clipping files of the Charles Fort Institute (CFI), the clips sent in by the Fortean Times readership to help form the texts of that magazine. At this time (July 2013) we have scanned more than 66.000 of the articles. We also have several other British clipping files, for instance, twelve old scrapbooks (Patrick Murray, 2004) as well as discs full of scanned articles (Steve Gerrard collection, 2009). We also have the UFOMEK (UFO Monitors of East Kent) digital collection of 1950-53 articles from the collection of Geoff Morris (2005) and the Tyneside UFO Society‘s clippings copied for us by Gary Anthony and Joe McGonagle (2006, one file folder). Further on, we for instance have a 600 pages of clipping from New Zealand (Murray Bott, 1997 & 2003).
Throughout the years we have received copies of historical (1947 and pre-1947) clipping collections from researcher Barry Greenwood. The material (now archived in three file folders: 1909-1919, 1920-1929 and 1930-) includes extremely interesting early press materials on airship sightings, discussions on life on Mars, the Scandinavian ghost fliers, contemporary reviews of Charles Fort’s books, when first published, and, not to forget a plethora of old meteoric and light-ball sightings. Just to mention a few genres. There is also extensive coverage of the first “saucer” wave in 1947.
Kenny Young clippings. With American ufologist Bill Jones as our intermediary, AFU received (in 2007) the clipping collection of American ufologist Kenny Young. Kenny Young sadly died of leukemia in 2005, not having reached 40 years of age. He had left his materials and papers to be guarded by colleagues, see biography and details here. The clippings cover the years 1947-2003 and was retrieved by Bill Jones from different parts of the Young collection. It is ordered and preserved by date in two file folders.
Earl J. Neff clippings. For a presentation of this 20 volume clipping collection go here.
In the future we hope to publish a detailed inventory of all of our clipping collections, several of which has no mention in the list above.