Recent visitors to AFU
August 11-14, 2009.
Since a few years back, Erik Östling is a returning
researcher-visitor at our archives. He has now renewed
his researches and therefore spent four full days (and
evenings) using our resources: clipping files, book and
media library, picture library & magazine storage. He
used our scanner and new photo copier to save
information for his continued work, which includes an
article commissioned by James R. Lewis, well known
author and researcher on new religious movements. He met
Lewis when he lectured on scientology at the Stockholm
University in May.
At AFU, Erik found much
material on George Adamski, the Raelian movement,
Heaven's Gate and early 1947 clippings on the
development of the early UFO myth from the Barry
Greenwood collection. He kindly copied and donated his
2+ Gb files of digitized articles in scientific journals
to our USB memory for us to use at the library and to
share with future researchers. Erik also took the
opportunity to acquire some twenty UFO-related books
from our sales department. Some of this arrived here
just a few weeks ago, as part of another collection, and
was not needed by the AFU library. Recirculation of
May 9-10, 2009.
Spread out on our floor are the
printed media articles (not showing a number of
radio, television and web exposures) that resulted
from the AFU 'public opening days' in connection with
the UFO-Sweden annual national conference in Norrkoping,
just a kilometer away from the archives.
The annual conference
attracted no fewer than 175 people and the public
opening of the archives drew some 70 people during two
days. Media all over Sweden noticed the first major
public opening of the AFU archives.
researchers and students from the Södertörn and
Gothenburg universities (Science of religion) arrived
late in the evening, headed by Jessica Moberg,
who has written a thesis that we have in the library.
Håkan Blomqvist and Anders Liljegren informed the group
on AFU's work and future projects. We will no doubt have
future visits by university students since the group was
very impressed by our work.
After many years waiting, we finally saw our Norwegian
friend and donator Ole Jonny Braenne at the
archives. He came from the annual UFO-Sweden field
investigator course (Nov 1-2) and made a one night's
stop with Clas Svahn in Stockholm. Ole Jonny spent four
nights in Norrköping earning time by working also in the
nights! He scanned many hundreds of clippings and
documents from Norwegian newspapers and sources for the
Norwegian database of scans he is building. Mostly
materials from the ghost rocket wave, the 1950s and the
Nov 3, 2008. We were visited
by journalist Lars Berge and photographer Dan
Hansson who collected impressions for an article on
UFO-Sweden and AFU to be published in the cultural pages
of Svenska Dagbladet, one of the Stockholm morning
||Oct 29, 2008.
We had a five hour visit by artist and
researcher Alexander Nilsson from Umeå, who
photographed clippings & documents and digitized a few
interview tapes from our tape library as a starting
point for a project he has, related to documenting
Sept 15 and 21, 2008.
Per, Eric and Tim, a
three-headed team from the Linköping University (KSM P4) spent
many hours at the archives making a documentary on Anders
Liljegren's interest and work with AFU.
March 13, 2008. Johan
Kärnfelt who is associate professor with the
Gothenburg university visited us and was guided around
the AFU archives. He is planning a thesis in the field
of Ideas & Science which - if he gets the grant he is
seeking - will most likely involve AFU and our prominent
collections on UFOs and science fiction. You can find a
bibliography of his previous works on popular science,
astronomy and science fiction
Jan 8, 2008.
Clas Svahn and Carl-Anton
Mattsson brought another car-load of
"archival goodies" from Swedish and
international donors. We were also honored, this
day, by a visit by UFO-Sweden's previous
chairman (late 1970's) Bevan Berthelsen,
who brought several boxes of clippings &
correspondence files, books, old magazines, and
other things to AFU. More on this on our
picture, from left to right: Håkan Blomqvist
(AFU), Carl-Anton Mattsson, Bevan Berthelsen and
Oct 3, 2007.
Another recent journalist visitor - among many others
this season - was Arvid Hallberg - who traveled
from the south of Sweden to spend a few hours with
Anders, Richard and Sven-Olov at the AFU archives. The
result was an excellent article "UFO - a
high-technology folk belief" - published in
a Malmö-based quality magazine sold on the streets of
south-Swedish towns by the homeless (who earn 15 Swedish
kronor for each sold copy).
You can find a
web version of the article
here. We are thrilled when someone understands our
"mission" so well... :-)
June 10, 2007
the archives had visits by journalist Per-Erik Tell
and also by a six- member team from UFO-Sweden.
Tell (on the
right) is writing a story on AFU for the September issue
of Kupé, which is the
promotional magazine available for free on all Swedish
Railroad trains. So all train passengers throughout
Sweden will eventually learn about us.
team, headed by chairman Clas Svahn, searched our
files of documents and investigations for leads on
previous UFO reports from an area of southern Sweden
where a group of seventeen UFO-Sweden field
investigators will spend a week this summer,
prepared for their work by printing lists from
ScanCat, our report database for the area
surrounding the lake Mien , where there has been
a wealth of reports (including a well known
contact/humanoid case). The UFO-Sweden team will use
report materials and maps from AFU while they knock on
doors throughout the area and interview people who have
been, or might have been , observers of UFO
A similar project
was carried out in the west-Swedish province of Värmland
(on the Swedish-Norwegian border), in 2002 and 2004.
(On the right,
Gunnar Karlsson and
Mats Nilsson, two of the UFO-Sweden team
searching through AFU records).
April 21, 2007,
seven members of the Stockholm UFO Society visited the
AFU archives during several hours, with pauses for
coffee and pizza, combined with nice discussions on
recent UFO developments
In the picture,
the Stockholm group admires the new archive with rolling
shelves where we have now moved in about half of our
magazine collection (the surplus copies store) and are
now soon moving in the magazine "master" collection from
our main archives (where renovation will start in
On the right,
Stockholm members digging into the rich library where
almost 10.000 book and document volumes are kept.
In the front,
Inga-Lill Wallin who was the UFO-Sweden project co-ordinator
for the Martebo 'ghost light'
investigations on the island of Gotland,
in the mid-1990s. Wallin has written many articles and a book on
brought with her, to AFU, most of her private Martebo investigative archive, which includes documents,
reports, dozens of audio & video tapes and hundreds of
press cuttings. This collection has been ordered as six
full volumes. A detailed inventory can be found on
from UFO groups and 'ufologists:
November 5 Anders
Liljegren, AFU chairman, was invited by the local Norrköping
chapter of the
Swedish Health and Sport Association ("Frisksportarna") to
present the work of the AFU foundation.
"Frisksportarna" and AFU
have been close neighbors, in the same basement, for more than
25 years without really getting to know each other. The club's
city venue - neighboring to one of our archives - has recently
been very nicely outfitted and redecorated to produce a very
cozy environment (see picture on the right).
With some ten members of the
club we walked between the four AFU archives. The out-doors
enthusiasts of the club were given a perspective of our archival
and preservation work, which is basically rather unknown,
locally. In fact, the AFU foundation attempts to keep "a rather
low profile" and avoid most local publicity, since we prefer to
concentrate on our preservation work. The evening ended back at
"Frisksportarna"´;s club house with coffee, cake and sandwiches.
August 1, 2006
Manoliu, is a Romanian investigator of UFOs, and researcher
into free energy system, who presently is a guest in Sweden. I
had the great pleasure of talking to Mr. Manoliu for a few hours
in our library, although communication was hampered by our
mutual language barriers.
donated his autographed book (on the left), published "with
great difficulty" in Romania in the year 2000, to the AFU
reference library. We were also given the opportunity to copy
two informational films on Mr. Manoliu's theories and inventions
related to free energy. If I understood it all correctly, a new
form of nuclear energy.
I was given a few leads
to a web site with information on Valentin Manoliu's theories
but I have not managed to get the link to work for me. I will
try to come back with more info here.
Mr, Manolius kindly came by the AFU archives some weeks ago with
prints from his Romanian web site: see it
here. If you are
interested in possible nuclear UFO technology this could be
something for you!
June 2, 2006
rare occasions AFU has had visits by international UFO
Among previous signers of our
guestbook are Timothy Good, Hilary Evans and
Clarke, well known British UFO researcher (most
recently for his archival discovery of the
Project Condign report)
|was brought here from
Stockholm by Clas Svahn. David and his wife took the chance
to spend a few days in Stockholm in connection with an
international folklore conference they attended in
Copenhagen. David was absolutely impressed with the scope
and quality of our collections and the workforce we have
here - probably unparalleled nowhere in the world.
November 19, 2005
Clas Svahn, Håkan Ekstrand, Andreas
Ohlsson, Gunnar Karlsson and Mikael Sjöberg from the
UFO-Sweden board visited AFU, bringing with them a car load of
materials for the archives. More details of that on our Recent
donations page. We also used two hours for the long overdue 2003
and 2004 annual general meetings with the AFU board. Clas and
company then continued for a UFO-Sweden planning conference in the
south-east of Sweden. On the way back to Stockholm, the following
Sunday, the company brought with them 4-5 meters of books not
relevant to the AFU library which we intend to sell, as a lot,
to an antiquarian book shop, thus making way for new acquisitions on
April 6, 2005
The archive & library was visited by
three journalist students from Gothenburg: Maria Hedberg, Erik
Gustafsson and Jens Fransson. They are writing a series
of articles on aerial phenomena as part of their education program
at the Faculty of Journalism. They followed up on local Swedish
west-coast cases by research in the UFO-Sweden/AFU report archives
and they also interviewed Anders Liljegren on the background of the
March 30, 2005
Clas Svahn came from
Stockholm with yet another carload of materials collected for the
archives. Some principal things in this delivery:
200 book copies donated by Swedish UFO book collector Sven
Andersson to the archives (see some
of the more unique books pictured on the Recent donations
page); 2) Three file folders of news clippings copied by Clas
Svahn from the
's press archives, the collection covers the period
1917-1991 and includes cuttings filed at the
newspaper under many different (more or less) UFO-related headings;
3) Five folders of prints of the
UFO Round-Up internet
newsletter, editor: Joseph Trainor; 4) A number of new (to
our archives) issues of American newsletters and magazines received
by Svahn from Bill Jones; 5) A copy of the recently
published skeptical book
Vetenskap och villfarelse
donated by the publisher (also credited under Recent new books);
6) Digital backup copies on CD:s and Zip discs of all
material (texts and illustrations) published in UFO-Sweden's
magazine UFO-Aktuellt since 1991 - more
than 150 discs (picture to the left): 7) Correspondence files from UFO-Sweden. Et
March 12, 2005
Long time since we last noted
any of our guests! Not because there hasn't been any, but because we
have not found the time - or sometimes just forgot to bring the
camera to the archives!
A motor cycle club from
Nyköping is one of the most recent groups of visitors, headed by
Torsten Johansson, who, a few years ago, was chairman of a local
UFO club. We spent a couple of hours discussing UFO phenomena and
taking a tour through the localities and collection.
Svahn is a regular visitor to the archives. Every 2nd or 3rd
month he packs a car with new materials he has collected and stored
for the archives during his tours for UFO-Sweden, and in his work as
a journalist with Dagens Nyheter.
Clas is slowly moving parts
of his own collections (correspondence files, interview tapes, video
collection, special documents collections) to AFU. This time he
brought, among other things, dozens of interview tapes and his
collected working files on Roswell and, MJ-12.
Svahn brought Swedish Radio journalist Antonio de la Cruz to
the archives where he interviewed Clas, Anders and Sven-Olov for a
planned serious documentary on UFO research to be aired on Channel 1
of the Swedish Radio. Antonio will follow the work of UFO-Sweden,
for instance the annual field investigator training.
(Below: Antonio de la Cruz with Anders Liljegren 'up against
board of UFO-Sweden had one of their board meetings at
the AFU archives, with people coming from all parts of Sweden,
a few of them being visitors for the very first time. In the evening
two other meetings were held: a board & annual meeting with the
AFU board and a discussion about how to publish AFU/UFO-Sweden's UFO
report database ScanCat on the internet.
students from a study group at the University of Norrköping paid a
visit to the archives, interviewing Anders Liljegren on the
connection between UFOs and science fiction, about which they are
doing a project at the High School level.
UFO-interested people, directly and indirectly connected to a local
Reiki therapy society, visited the archives. It all ended with four
of the therapists putting their hands on the aching shoulders of
Anders Liljegren, as a thank you for showing them around and telling
about the archive's daily work.
members of the Tinnitus Society of Nyköping-Oxelösund visited the
archives under the direction of Torsten Johansson who, in the
1990's, was the chairman of a UFO-Sweden chapter in Björkvik. As a
contribution to the archives, the impressed visitors donated 500 SEK,
which will be used for buying books for our reference and research
Janne Berglund from
the local cable channel "Nollettan" interviewed Anders
Liljegren at the archives. The interview and pictures from the
archives will air on February 21 and 26 on the cable nets in
Norrkoping, Linkoping and Motala, in a series of reports from local
archives & historical projects.
Pia Andersson is
a doctorate student at the Department of Archaeology at Stockholm
university where she specializes in Archeology and History of
Religion, with a focus on new religiosity and its relationship to
science and with the discipline of archaeology as an illustrating
example for this relationship.
Pia has drawn material from
the AFU reference library:
has written four thesis's (1995, 1997, 1998 and 2000) on flying
saucers as a religion, the ancient astronaut hypothesis and other
alternative ideas of our prehistoric past.
She has contributed articles
to anthologies published in Sweden and the United States, including
"UFOs and Popular Culture: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary
Myth", edited by James R. Lewis (2000). To the left, the
Swedish anthology "Gudars och gudinnors återkomst"
("The return of Gods and Goddesses"), where she is a
contributor and which she donated to the AFU collection.
This autumn her first Swedish
book on "alternative archeology" will be published by the
National Swedish Heritage Board. She is also contributing the
article "Ancient space brothers, ancient terrestrial
remains" to another anthology, "Alien Gods: Religious
Dimensions of the UFO Phenomenon", edited by James R. Lewis.
|January 28, 2003
who works as a professional archivist and historian visited us for a
few hours to take part of our archives and work. Karin works with ÖLFA, a regional
society of archives in east-Sweden, where she has been involved with
Martin Gustafsson, Mikael
Andåker and Elizabeth Jonsson visited us to present a
copy of their 20 page essay "The fan culture surrounding the
UFO phenomenon. Different perspectives - a study of UFO-Sweden and
the RaŽlian Religion".
group bases their essay on interviews with Anders Liljegren (AFU)
and Kenny Stolpe (leader of the Swedish RaŽlians) and a
study of the literature on new religions. The essay was a part of
their studies on the KSM program (Culture - Society - Media) with
the University of Linkoping, Campus Norrkoping.
Christina Gustavsson brought
her London-based friend James Abbott to a visit at one of the
world's most amazing UFO archives. They were greeted by AFU's very
Photo by Anders Liljegren
amazing that an open mind is kept about all information, and I am
grateful that beliefs are allowed to be formed by individuals. I
wish you all the best on developing and cataloguing this brilliant
resource." (Entry by James Abbott in the AFU guest
Eight members of Enköping-Sala
UFO-förening, one of the oldest subsidiaries of
UFO-Sweden, spent four hours at the archives in Norrköping.
From left to right: Mats
chairman, Pernilla Andersson, AFU's Anders Liljegren
and Arnold Idebring, the lively 81 years old alderman of the
Photo by Gunnar Karlsson