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The National UFO Historical Records Center arrives in Albuquerque

ROSWELL, NM — A group of historians and archivists has announced plans to open a new National Archives in the Albuquerque area focusing 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 preserving and centralizing UFO/UAP information in the United States.

During a presentation announcing the new archive at the International UFO Congress in Phoenix on Oct. 14, Marler said, “How big is all this? Looking at these historical cases, providing context to what we are hearing about today, well, it demonstrates that there is a rich and diverse history of this UFO phenomenon wherever you look, whether it is newspapers, government documents, historical records, etc.

Marler continues, “I was thinking about this a while ago, when you look at the UFO subject, we have the National UFO Reporting Center, great. And we also have the National Archives, okay, but the one thing we don’t What we don’t have is that you put these two ideas together, there is no National Archives of Ufology despite the need to have one.

Archives should include official and civil records, audio and video recordings, correspondence, photographs, books, magazines, press clippings, research notes, microfilm, as well as digital and physical artifacts. Documents from the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS), and J. Allen Hynek’s Project Blue Book personnel files. It also includes personal collections of scholars Philip Mantle, Antonio Huneeus, and Lou Farish, among others.

“I want to postulate this to you: what if we could centralize all historical data under one roof,” Marler said. “What if we could be able to cross-reference all of this data to look for patterns, to get insights, to add to the already growing amount of information and knowledge that we have? What if we could scan and make accessible all that material to the global UFO community and get really important people to look at that data?”

Marler continues, “Imagine the files and reports that have never been seen. Audio cassettes that have never been listened to. The potential discoveries that could lead to answers, potentially, to this mystery. So what do I offer? The largest collection of historic American UFO collections.

Members of the new organization include Jan Aldrich, Rod Dyke, Barry Greenwood, Dr. Mark Rodeghier and Rob Swiatek. “A lot of people mine data on the internet,” Marler said. “I’m here to tell you that I would say that only 40-50% of the data is available on the internet. We still have physical records that need to be digitized. I’m really looking forward to trying to preserve the history and I hope we’ll be there at future events to share this story with you and to help researchers and producers like James Fox.

In a press release, the organization said: “Our mission is to collect, preserve and provide historic UFO materials to the general public and interested parties. With the data accumulated, we hope to contribute to serious research efforts and aid in an accurate chronicle of UFO/UAP history for present and future generations, regardless of belief or non-belief in the subject.

Efforts are currently underway to find a building for the new nonprofit archives. “We want to base it in Albuquerque, New Mexico because of the state’s affiliation with the subject,” Marler said.

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