AFU has received (or built) UFO report files from many countries. Here follows an overview of some of the resources presently available at our headquarters.
Read more about our rules for access to the report archives here:
|UFO-Sweden/AFU||Since 1989 we continuously receive reports from the UFO-Sweden report center, and its accredited field investigators. The number of Swedish reports tally between 300 and 500 each year. A whole range of other sources have been culled for UFO reports, including newspapers, weeklies, books, files in our organisational archives, etc. The Swedish report archive comprises more than two hundred binders and number 20.000+ cases. At this time some 17.000 reports are in our database ScanCat.
|Swedish Defence||The UFO-Sweden/AFU report archives also include paper copies of some 3.000 Swedish UFO reports from 1933-34 (ghost flier wave), 1936-37 (second ghost flier wave), 1946 (ghost rockets) and from 1947 up to the present. The combined defence files (except the 1930s ghost fliers) also exist as digitised copies made by the FOI (Swedish Defence Research Agency) and Krigsarkivet (The Military Archives of Sweden).|
|Skandinavisk UFO Information (SUFOI)||The main Danish UFO investigation group decided, in March 2003, to deposit their entire report archives (since the start in 1958) with AFU. You can read about the transfer here. Since then we have sorted their files chronologically and put them into some 120 acid-free archives folders. A guess about the number of Danish reports arrives at some 12.000 case reports.
|SUFOI, AFU & the Norwegian National Archives
||Since SUFOI of Copenhagen have had Norwegian representatives the Danish report archives also include a large number of reports from Norwegian territories. Besides this AFU has also organised a Norwegian report archive from report form copies sent to us, clippings and other materials. We also have received from board member Ole Jonny Brænne copies he made of the ghost flier documents at the Norwegian National Archives in Oslo.|
|Finnish National Archives||We have substantial files of Finnish UFO magazines, clippings and the annual yearbooks published by the Suomen Ufotutkijat ry (FUFORA). Each yearbook includes an exposé of the year’s reports from Finland. We have also received a gift copy of a microfilm with the Finnish ghost fliers documents from the 1930s from Finnish researcher Kalevi Mikkonen. The micro film originates from the Finnish National Archives.|
|British UFO Research Association (BUFORA)||The BUFORA report archives (questionnaires and other related papers) arrived here in December 2010 and at a BUFORA conference in London in September 2012 AFU’s Clas Svahn was able to turn over a hard disc with all of this material digitised (together with a large number of BUFORA reel-to-reel tapes from lectures and conferences). The total digitised file includes some 10.000 pages. For admittance to this archive please make direct contact with the BUFORA board who has the files.|
|Contact International||AFU has also digitised the report files of the British Contact International group, publishers of the magazines Awareness and The UFO Register. This file has a more international scope since Contact has been pursuing – and quoting – world-wide UFO magazines and other sources for their database.|
|Centro de Estudios Interplanetarios (CEI)||The very important report files of this Spanish group – in existence since 1958 – arrived at AFU in June 2013, read more about it here. The CEI report files are probably one of the finest and rich report files anywhere in the world with 120 large black file folders and another 30 files of cross-indexes by region. We also have listings and prints from the CATIB database. (The picture shows some of the files as they once were displayed in the CEI facility in Barcelona).|
|Luis Schönherr files||In 2010 we received from Innsbruck, Austria the files of ufologist-fortean researcher Luis Schönherr. Schönherr was an early user and developer of files of needle cards (22 file folders) and later managed a UFO database of his own with more than 3.000 records called CODAB, prints of which are preserved (11 volumes). Schönherr also owned thick printouts from 1974 of the American UFOCAT database sorted by Type (4 volumes), by Coordinates (4 volumes) and by GMT (8 volumes).|
|Russian report archives||Clas Svahn and Stefan Roslund brought this file of about 1.200 reports from Moscow in 1993. The file has 14 file folders (one meter on our shelf) of original Russian reports sent in by members of the Soviet-Russian population to a Russian UFO group.
|US National Archives / US Air Force (Project Blue Book)||AFU made a collection of money to buy a set of some 120 microfilms of the US Air Force’s Project Blue Book files. The films are available at the center (but for the moment we have no good microfilm reader). Of American files we also have copies in our files of the world-wide catalogue UFOCAT created by (first) Fred Merritt and (then) Donald A. Johnson.|
|Cynthia Hind investigative files||Gunter Hofer was a close associate of Rhodesian (Zimbabwian) UFO investigator Cynthia Hind and worked with her until her death in year 2000. He kept parts of the investigate files for Hind’s UFO Afrinews magazine which are now preserved with AFU, where we have also digitised the reports. There are still some boxes in a house in Zimbabwe and these will be donated to AFU upon Gunter’s return there.