The National UFO Historical Records Center brings together many valuable collections of records documenting the history of the UFO/UAP phenomenon. Records include official and civilian case files, audio and video recordings, correspondence, photographs, books, magazines, news clippings, research notes, microfilm, and digital and physical artifacts. These records are critical to understanding the evolution of government, scientific and civilian investigations into the topic as well as the social and cultural impacts of the phenomenon. Some notable historical collections include the NICAP and CUFOS case files including J. Allen Hynek’s personal Project Blue Book files. In addition, we have important personal collections including Philip Mantle from the UK, Antonio Huneeus and Lou Farish, among others.
Our goal is to gather as many historical records on the UFO/UAP topic as possible to preserve and digitize them for the benefit of the public. Time is of the essence as many of the owners of these collections are advanced in age and do not have a transition plan. In many cases, when researchers pass away, the inheritors of these collections do not appreciate their value and may even dispose of them. This circumstance has happened many times in the past and we do not know how many records we have already lost. Today, most collections reside in personal residences and have out grown their physical space. Therefore, the first goal of the National UFO Historical Records Center is to obtain a physical space large enough to gather this material under one roof. We are excited to announce that once that goal is achieved, Rod Dyke will dedicate his personal archive to the collective! Additionally, Barry Greenwood will contribute his collection. We will provide more details on these acquisitions as we work toward completion of our goal of a free-standing archive.
Importantly, NUFOHRC is committed to preserving and honoring the work of the researcher. We are dedicated to telling the personal stories of the researchers who have investigated and chronicled the phenomenon over the decades. Without their passion, integrity, and perseverance this topic would not have achieved the legitimacy and public interest we enjoy today.
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