ARCHIVES FOR UFO RESEARCH
Final deal on French collection:
On December 17, 2005, Jacques Scornaux and his colleagues of SCEAU took delivery of the complete SOS-OVNI archives at the home of Perry Petrakis. The collection will be shared between AFU (books and monographs), CISU (magazines) and SCEAU (SOS-OVNI files, UFO report archives, etc.). Transfer of the book collection to Sweden is expected during the spring of 2006. We are looking for a method to do this in the cheapest possible way - any idea, please contact AFU!
At the end of 2004 a formal bid was made for the SOS-OVNI-Perry Petrakis collection by a French-Swedish-American consortium but the offer so far remains unanswered by the second party.
Note: French text at bottom of page!
The French UFO organization SOS-OVNI's files and archives are at risk of being sold in pieces by an enforcement officer. Long time ufologist Perry Petrakis is in economical troubles. Mr. Petrakis published the Phénomena magazine but is now in debt to the printers.
In collaboration with the French organization SCEAU (Sauvegarde, Conservation des Études et Archives Ufologiques), AFU proposes to buy this major French UFO collection. You can support the deal by sending your contribution to UFO-Sweden's collection or by supporting any of the European national collections listed below.
National collections are organized in several European countries (UK, Italy, Belgium, France, Switzerland), whereby you send your contribution to a national address. It is then transmitted to become part of a final deal (thus avoiding unwanted bank charges). According to Mr. Petrakis he is in need of least 15.000 Euros to resolve his debts.
Interested donors in France and Belgium please contact Jacques Scornaux for details. You can also contact, Bruno Mancusi, SCEAU representative for Switzerland and AFU sponsor, who is organizing a collection of money in Switzerland and the European continent. Details, in French, about addresses and account numbers is found at the bottom of this page!
The Swedish collection is organized by Clas Svahn, whose Swedish postal giro account is 832 70 35-5. You can also use any of UFO-Sweden's Scandinavian giro accounts: 7874.07.04566 (Norway), 800016-70840520 (Finland) or 478-2313 (Denmark) or AFU's Swedish postal giro 49 07 14-3. International donors might want to use PayPal - details below. Please make a note that your donation concerns the French UFO collection.
Archives for UFO Research (AFU) have been asked to help Mr. Petrakis, who wants parts of the files to be transferred to Sweden for cataloguing and preservation. The archives consist of several tons of material. Almost 400 books (in many languages), magazines from all over the world, audios, videos, pictures, case files and more.
There are about two hundred book titles which are not previously in the AFU reference library; a large number of magazines; and a collection of pictures, slides etc. The AFU-SCEAU joint proposal assures that organizational and report archives (in French) will remain in France and be organized by SCEAU within the French National Archives system.
We are now negotiating about the price. So far (April 8, 2003) AFU and UFO-Sweden have raised 3.550 Euros from ufologists in Scandinavia, Britain, Japan and the US, but we need your help to raise more money to be able to save the archive. A list of all contributions is updated almost every day.
AFU is today one of the world's largest UFO archives. We are devoted to collect, preserve, catalogue and make available UFO material from many different countries to researchers all over the world. The French collection (mainly the books, magazines and picture material) would be a great addition to our collection which has a cultural slant towards the Anglo-American and Scandinavian world. All contributions are welcome.
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them to: AFU, P.O. Box 11027, S-600 11 Norrkoping, Sweden.
As published on the EuroUFO List on January 27:
Hello European ufo-friends,
Received from Ole Jonny Braenne, chairman of UFO-Norway on January 27, 2003:
(translated from Norwegian) "The board of UFO-Norway has decided that UFO-Norway shall support Project Hessdalen as well as AFU with the sum of 5.000 each. In other words, within a few days 5.000 will arrive both with Project Hessdalen and with AFU...."
Ole Jonny Braenne
As published on the EuroUFO List on January 24:
... The council of
directors of Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici (CISU) will evaluate whether
to contribute as a body (some of us will do so on a personal basis), but
as a first step we're
In mail from Jacques Scornaux, February 15, 2003:
"...I take every opportunity for informing other people about the deal, and the Swiss ufologist Bruno Mancusi, SCEAU representative in Switzerland, has just proposed me to launch a call on three French-language UFO lists."
Mail circulated on French language mailing lists by Bruno Mancusi, March 2, 2003: