Edward J. Ruppelt is best known for his role
as chief of the U.S. Air Force's Project Blue Book from 1951-53
and as the author of the classic work The Report on
Unidentified Flying Objects (1956). Prior to writing
The Report, Ruppelt produced a "book-length feature" article
for the May, 1954, issue of TRUE Magazine entitled, "What Our Air Force Found Out About Flying Saucers.
Captain William B. Nash, one of the witnesses in the
well-known "Nash-Fortenberry" sighting of 1952, wrote a "Letter to
the Editor" of TRUE disagreeing with Ruppelt's overtly
skeptical viewpoint and challenged him on several points.
His letter was published but heavily edited. The complete
text has been reproduced here from Nash's files.
Nash also discussed Ruppelt's article as well as other contemporary
UFO cases in a 1954 letter to his friend and fellow pilot, William J. Hull.
With the imminent publication of a revised edition of
Ruppelt's The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects, Isabel
Davis of CSI New York managed to obtain copies of two of the
three new chapters. She shared her concerns in a November 16, 1959, letter to her colleagues in CSI Los Angeles.
UK UFO Documents
The United Kingdom Government started investigating unidentified flying objects beginning in 1947. According to press accounts the Royal Air Force accumulated a large number of reports. Unlike the Project Blue Book files, the corpus of these UK government investigations between 1947 and the early 1960s was allegedly destroyed
as a matter of official policy.
Jan Aldrich provides a brief overview of the UK Government's handling of UFO reports and presents some interesting UK UFO documents that were found among the papers of the U.S. Airforce's scientific adviser on UFOs and founder of CUFOS, Dr. J. Allen Hynek.
Updated CFI/Research Proposal
Several years ago the SyFy Channel, with the aid of John Podesta,
former Chief of Staff for President Clinton, started a campaign
to press for the release of government documents dealing
with UFOs under the title of the Coalition for Freedom of Information
CFI solicited proposals from UFO researchers for a list
of key UFO documents that might be secured via research
or FOIA legal action. The Sign Historical Group
produced a proposal which was not accepted within the tight
deadline allowed for submissions. However, many of the
proposed avenues for research have since produced new
information and opened up new research opportunities.
The original proposal with updated findings and
potential leads can be read here.
Dr. Frank B. Salisbury
Frank Boyer Salisbury was born in Utah in 1926. He graduated from
the University of Utah with a B.S. (1951) and M.A. (1952) and
received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology
(1955). He served
as head of the Department of Plant Science at Utah State University from
1966 to 1970, when he resigned to devote more time
to research and textbook writing. He retired in 1997 after leading
a project to grow wheat in the Russian space station Mir.
In April 1962 he published an article entitled
“Martian Biology” in Science magazine, outlining
the possibility of life on Mars He received
many letters pointing him towards the growing
body of UFO literature. This led Salisbury to
consider that if life was likely on other planets, perhaps
extraterrestrial visitation was also a possibility.
In January 1967 Salisbury published The Scientist and the UFO in Bioscience.
On July 29th, 1968, Salisbury submitted a written statement to the U. S. House of
Representatives' Committee on Science and Astronautics Symposium on Unidentified Flying
After a talk on the possibility of life on
Mars to the Association of Utah Science Teachers, Salisbury was
approached by Joseph Junior Hicks, a junior high school science
teacher from Roosevelt, Utah. Hicks informed him of
his research into a localized UFO wave in the Uintah Basin
which further piqued Salisbury's interest in the subject.
In August, 1975, Salibury published another article in Bioscience,
Recent Developments in the Study of UFOS
We are pleased to present these articles with permission of the author.
The Sign Oral History Project
has an in-depth interview with Dr. Salisbury:
Julian J. A.
Hennessey, British UFO
Julian Hennessey's two decades of UFO research in Europe
and Great Britain resulted in an impressive network of official
contacts, case reports and documents. As chairman of NICAP's European
Subcommittee #1 he instigated contact with airline pilots,
agencies, and military personnel which brought to light many UFO
reports that otherwise might have remained unknown.
Jan Aldrich presents an overview of Julian's work in
to the previously unpublished essay The U.K.
Goverment and UFOs in which Julian outlines his dealings
with British government officialdom and some significant historical
British UFO events during his own involvement with UFO research in the 60s
Sign Oral History Project
"Following the UFO History Workshop and the subsequent formation of the Sign Historical Group in 1999,
it became evident that one area lacking in the preservation of the history of the UFO phenomenon was
the archiving of spoken memories and personal commentaries of historical significance through
The Sign Oral History Project began in 1999 to
record recollections of UFO witnesses, investigators
officials, scientists, and other individuals
associated with UFO history. SOHP records interviews
with a cross section of individuals involved with UFOs
on archives quality video media.
The founder of SOHP, Tom Tulien, has conducted well
over 100 interviews with the assistance of
a number of UFO historians. A partial list of interviewees is here,
and includes witnesses from a number of important UFO
cases, former Project Blue Book officials, UFO
investigators and aviation and ballooning experts.
Inventory of Material From the Files of Dr. Olavos T. Fontes
Included in the material Dr. Willy Smith recently donated
to the Sign Historical Group was his collection of items
from the files of the renowned Brazilian UFO researcher,
Dr. Olavos T. Fontes. An inventory of this material, along
with Fontes-related items provided by other researchers, can
be read here. A selection of
Internet links referring to Fontes-related cases is also included.
Civilian Saucer Investigation-LA
In late 1951 several scientists, aeronautical engineers and
interested persons established a UFO study group in California which
they called "Civilian Saucer Investigation-Los Angeles" (CSI-LA).
September 7, 2002
In just a few years, CSI-LA's dedication and science-based methods
of research and investigation attracted the attention of other UFO researchers,
mainstream media outlets such as LIFE Magazine, and
government organizations ranging from the US Air Force, to the Office of
Scientific Investigation (OSI) and the CIA.
The Sign Historical Group is pleased to present a
collection of items and publications detailing the brief but influential
activities of Civilian Saucer Investigation-LA .
Index of CSI-LA material.
Introduction and background of CSI-LA
by Jan. L. Aldrich.
Introduction and background
by Tom Tulien regarding new Condon-related material on the Sign Historical
Politicking and Paradigm Shifting,
the Ph.D. dissertation of Dr. Paul McCarthy.
Final Report of the Scientific Study of
Unidentified Flying Objects, a.k.a. The Condon Report.
United States House
of Representatives, Committee on Science and Astronautics, Symposium on
Unidentified Flying Objects, July 1968. Washington, D.C.
A detailed collection of Links and
Articles providing background, critiques and commentary
on Dr. Edward U. Condon, the Condon Report, and the House Committee on
Science and Astronautics Symposium on Unidentified Flying Objects,
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY UFO COLLECTION
Updated 8 February, 2002
The Barry Greenwood Archives
Updated 8 November, 2003
Barry Greenwood's Articles Database
Updated 8 November, 2003
The Jan Aldrich Archives - UFO File Folder Headings
The Ray Fowler Archives
NEW - 3 March, 2002
The Wendy Connors' Archives
Wendy's extensive Audio Disc and Photo Archive Listings
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY UFO COLLECTION
Thanks to the efforts of PROJECT 1947 archivist Candy
Peterson, an alphabetical listing of UFO-related materials
donated to Ohio State University (OSU)
by William Jones is now available.
June 2, 2012
The Collection is housed at the OSU Library, Rare Books and
Manuscripts Department. The OSU library provides a secure
holding area, national access and complete public services
subject to the policies of the Rare Book and Manuscripts
Department, (e.g., materials do not circulate; can only be
viewed under staff supervision; etc.)
OSU has a particular interest in preserving
materials relating to Popular Culture. In the words of Geoffrey
Smith, head of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, "UFO
studies enter all areas of contemporary culture: literature,
film, TV, science, religion, etc. which contributes to OSU's
interest in maintaining and enriching its UFO Collection."
If you have any material you would like to donate to the
OSU collection, please contact Tom Tulien - AFSDialog@aol.com
Click here for: Rare Books and Manuscripts - The Ohio State University Libraries
The OSU collection can be viewed online here. For browsers with no frames,
please click here.
The OSU listing is also available for download as a plain ascii file - osu2002.zip
These listings reflect the current holdings at OSU and have been
recently updated to incorporate new additions.