A group of historians and archivists have announced plans to open a new national archive in the Albuquerque area focused on unidentified aerial phenomena. Led by author and researcher David Marler, the National UFO Historical Records Center will establish the largest historical archive dedicated to the preservation and centralization of UFO/UAP information in the United States.
In a presentation announcing the new file during the International UFO Congress in Phoenix on October 14, Marler said: “What is the significance of all this? Looking at these historical cases, providing context for what we hear today, well, it shows that there is a rich and diverse history of this UFO phenomenon everywhere you look, be it newspapers, government documents, historical archives, etc.”
Marler continues: “I was thinking about this a while back, when you look at the UFO thing, we have the National UFO Reporting Center, great. And we also have the National Archives, okay, but the one thing we don’t have is, you put these two ideas together, there is no National Archives of Ufology despite the need for one.”
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The archive is configured to include official and civil case files, audio and video recordings, correspondence, photographs, books, magazines, news clippings, investigative notes, microfilm, along with digital and physical artifacts. Documents from the National Committee for Investigation of Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) and the personal files of J. Allen Hynek’s Project Blue Book. It also includes personal collections of researchers Philip Mantle, Antonio Huneeus, and Lou Farish, among others.
“I want to put this to you: What if we could centralize all the historical data under one roof?” Marler said. “What if we could cross-reference all of this data to look for patterns, gain insights, and add to the already growing body of information and knowledge? What if we could scan and make all of this material accessible to the global community of UFOs and have some really important people see this data?”
Marler continues: “Imagine the case files and reports that have never been seen. The audiotapes that have never been heard. The potential discoveries that could potentially lead to answers to this mystery. So what am I proposing?” The largest gathering of US Historical UFO Collections.”
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Members of the new organization include Jan Aldrich, Rod Dyke, Barry Greenwood, Dr. Mark Rodeghier, and Rob Swiatek. “A lot of people pull data from the Internet,” Marler said. “I’m here to tell you that I would say that only 40 to 50 percent of the data is on the internet. We still have a stock of physical cases that need to be digitized. I really hope to try to preserve history and hopefully I’ll be here at events. futures to share that story with you and to help researchers and producers like James Fox.”
In a press release, the organization stated: “Our mission is to collect, preserve, and provide historical UFO materials to the general public and interested parties. With the accumulated data, we hope to assist with serious investigative efforts and aid in accurate chronicling.” “. of UFO/UAP history for present and future generations, regardless of belief or non-belief in the subject.”
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Efforts are currently underway to find a building for the new non-profit archive. “We want to locate it in Albuquerque, New Mexico because of the state’s affiliation with the theme,” Marler said.