Unidentified Flying Objects Research Guide
Original U.S. Government Documents
1. The Central Intelligence Agency has placed the full texts of recently declassified documents concerning UFO’s online at the CIA’s Popular Document Collection: UFO’s Fact or Fiction?
2. The National Security Agency has placed the full texts of recently declassified documents concerning UFOs online at the National Security Agency’s UFO Documents Index.
3. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has placed the full texts of recently declassified documents concerning UFOs in PDF format in the “Unusual Phenomena” section of the FOIA Electronic Reading Room.
4. For extensive documentation of UFO investigations, the researcher should consult the records of US Air Force Project Blue Book, located in Record Group 341, at the National Archives and Records Administration, Textual Reference Branch, College Park, MD 20740-6001; telephone (301) 713-7250.
RG 341.15 RECORDS OF PROJECT BLUE BOOK 1947-69
History: Established as Project Sign by a memorandum from Maj. Gen. L.C. Craigie, Director of Research and Development, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Material, HQUSAF, to Lt. Gen. Nathan F. Twining, Commanding General, Air Materiel Command (AMC), USAF, 30 December 1947. Assigned to Technical Intelligence Division, Intelligence Department, AMC, 22 January 1948; confirmed by Technical Instruction 2185, HQAMC, 11 February 1949, pursuant to a letter from Director of Research and Development, Deputy Chief of Staff, Materiel, HQUSAF, 16 December 1948. Project Grudge terminated, December 1949. Reactivated, 27 October 1951. Redesignated Project Blue Book, March 1952. Air Technical Intelligence Center, transferred from AMC to Office of Director of Intelligence, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, 1952. Terminated by Secretary of the Air Force announcement, 17 December 1969.
Textual Records: Records of the Aerial Phenomena Branch, Technical Analysis Division, Air Technical Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, relating to the Air Force study of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), consisting of case files on alleged UFO sightings, 1947-1969 (61ft.); case files of the 4602d Air Intelligence Service Squadron on alleged UFO sightings, 1954-56; and records relating to the staffing and organization of the project, 1948-67. Records of the Office of the Director of Special Investigations, Office of the Inspector General, HQUSAF, consisting of reports of investigations of alleged UFO sightings, 1948-68.
Motion Pictures (20 reels): Motion pictures received by the Air Force during the project, and forming part of the Aerial Phenomena Branch case files described above, 1950-67.
Sound Recordings (23 items): Interviews with individuals conducted or acquired by the Air Force during the project, and forming part of the Aerial Phenomena Branch case files described above, 1955-67.
Photographs (8,360 images): Sightings of alleged UFOs, forming part of the Aerial Phenomena Branch case files described above, 1954-66 (PBB).
2. The Declassified Documents Reference System published by Research Publications, Woodbridge, CT issued bimonthly on microfiche with a hardcopy abstracts/subject index, is another source worth examining. OCLC 16411767
Selected Published Sources
Adamski, George. Flying Saucers. Farewell. New York: Abelard, 1961. OCLC 964949, 4020003, 2903347.
Azhazha, V. “UFOs: Space Aliens?” Soviet Soldier 12 (Dec. 1991): 67-69.
Beard, Robert Brookes. Flying Saucers, U.F.O’s and Extraterrestrial Life: A Bibliography of British Books, 1959-1970. Swindon UK: R. Beard, 1971. OCLC 24619384 (microform), and 195200 (hardcopy).
Becker, Louise G. Unidentified Flying Objects: Selected Reference (1966-1968). Washington: Library of Congress, Legislative Reference Service, c1968. OCLC 11336685.
Berlitz, Charles. The Roswell Incident. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1980. OCLC 6831957, 18731624.
Blum, Howard. Out There: The Government’s Secret Quest for Extraterrestrials. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.
Boikov, R. “Paratroopers and UFOnauts.” Soviet Soldier 4 (Apr. 1991): 74-76.
Brennan, Norman. Flying Saucer Books and Pamphlets in English: A Bibliographic Checklist. Buffalo, NY: 1971. OCLC 624261.
Carlson, David R. “UFOs: The Air Force and the UFOs.” Aerospace Historian 22, no.4 (Dec. 1974): 210-217.
Catoe, Lynn E. UFOs and Related Subjects: An Annotated Bibliography. Washington: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Aerospace Research, 1969. OCLC 17501212.
Condon, Edward U. Final Report of the Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects. New York: Dutton, 1969 [Commonly known as the Condon Report.]
Corso, Philip J. The Day After Roswell. New York: Pocket Books, 1997. OCLC 37039627.
Dane, Abe. “Flying Saucers: The Real Story.” Popular Mechanics 172, no.l (Jan. 1995): 50-53, 171 .
Davidson, Leon. Flying Saucers: An Analysis of the Air Force Project Blue Book Special Report No. 14. Ramsey NJ: RamseyWallace Corp., 1966. OCLC 3186459, 952843, 145609, 4646378.
Friedman, Stanton T. Crash at Corona: The U.S. Military Retrieval and CoverUp of a UFO. New York: Paragon House, 1992. OCLC 25632749.
Good, Timothy. Above Top Secret: The Worldwide UFO Coverup. New York: Morrow, 1987.
Hall, Richard H. ed. The UFO Evidence (Unidentified Flying Objects). Washington: National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), 1964. OCLC 1453565.
Haines, Gerald K. “CIA’s Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-1990” Studies in Intelligence 1, no. 1 (1997): 1-28 [Reprinted in Intelligence and National Security 14, No. 2 (Summer, 1999): 26-49.
Available online at http://www.odci.gov/csi/studies/97unclas/ufo.html].
_____. “CIA’s role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-1990: A Die Hard Issue” Intelligence and National Security 14, no. 2 (Summer 1999): 26-48.
Huyghe, Patrick. The Field Guide to Extraterrestials. New York: Avon Books, 1996. OCLC 23414930.
Jacobs, David Michael. The UFO Controversy in America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975. [Contains a review of documents from Project Blue Book study files.]
Jung, Carl G. Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies. New York: Harcourt, 1959. OCLC 4762238, 3950160.
Keyhoe, Donald E. Flying Saucers From Outer Space. New York: Holt, 1953. OCLC 181368. [Keyhoe was the founder of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) in 1956. NICAP’s board of governors included: VADM R. H. Hillenkoetter, USN (Ret.), the CIA Director May 1947 to October 1950); RADM H.B. Knowles USN (Ret.), a World War II submariner; and LTGEN P.A. del Valle USMC (Ret.), former 1st Marine Division commander. Advisors included CAPT R. B. McLaughlin, author of a 1950 True magazine article on a UFO sighting at White Sands, NM]
_____. Flying Saucers: Top Secret. New York: Putnam, 1960. OCLC 5527262.
Kinder, Gary. Light Years: An Investigation Into the Extraterrestrial Experiences of Eduard Meier. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1987. OCLC 14931396.
Klass, Philip. UFOs: The Public Deceived. New York: Prometheus Books, 1983.
____, The Real Roswell Crashed-Saucer Coverup. Amherst NY: Prometheus Books, 1997.
Korff, Kal K. The Rosewell UFO Crash: What They Don’t Want You to Know. Amherst NY: Prometheus Books, 1997.
Lorenzen, C.E. Great Flying Saucer Hoax. New York: William Frederick, 1962. OCLC 2501174.
Mack, John E. Abduction: Human Encounters With Aliens. New York: Scribners, 1994. OCLC 29182360.
McAndrew, James. The Roswell Report: Case Closed. Washington: Headquarters, US Air Force, 1997. OCLC 36589408. [Executive Summary available online.]
Menzel, Donald Howard World of Flying Saucers: A Scientific Examination of a Major Myth of the Space Age. New York: Doubleday, 1963. OCLC 1285191.
Page, Henrietta, M. Flying Saucers: A Bibliography. Aiken, SC: Page, 1975. OCLC 1863739.
Peebles, Curtis. Watch the Skies!: A Chronicle of the Flying Saucer Myth. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994. OCLC 28506353. [An excellent survey]
Pendlow, Gregory W. and Donald E. Welzenbach. The CIA and the U-2 Program, 1954-1974. Central Intelligence Agency, 1998. OCLC39902963. [See pages 72-73 (text available online) for an explanation of how U-2 flights accounted for more than one-half of all UFO reports during the late 1950s and most of the 1960s.]
Pflock, Karl T. Roswell in Perspective. Washington: Fund for UFO Research, 1994. OCLC 31771598.
Randle, Kevin D. Conspiracy of Silence. New York: Avon Books, 1997. OCLC 35770870.
_____. A History of UFO Crashes. New York: Avon Books, 1995.
_____. Project Blue Book Exposed. New York: Marlowe & Co., 1997. OCLC 37047544.
_____. UFO Crash at Roswell. New York: Avon Books, l991. OCLC 24047899.
Randle, Kevin D. and Donald R. Schmitt. The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell. New York: M. Evans, 1994. OCLC 29753459.
Randles, Jenny. UFO Retrievals: The Recovery of Alien Spacecraft. London: Blandford, 1995. OCLC 33012521.
_____. UFOs and How to See Them. New York: Sterling Publishing Company, 1992. OCLC 27765913.
Rodgers, Kay. Unidentified Flying Objects: A Selected Bibliography. Washington: Library of Congress, 1976. OCLC 2493117.
Ruppelt, Edward J. Report on Unidentified Flying Obiects. New York: Doubleday, 1956. OCLC 1941793.
Saler, Benson, Charles A. Ziegler, and Charles B. Moore. UFO Crash at Roswell: The Genesis of a Modern Myth. Washington: Smithsonian Instituiton Press, 1997. OCLC 36726471
Shawcross, Tim. The Roswell File: Fifty Years On – The Most Thorough Investigation Yet of the Biggest Alien Story Ever. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, l997. OCLC 37361727.
Spencer, John ed. The UFO Encyclopedia. New York: Avon Books, l991. OCLC 26211869.
Stonehill, Paul. The Stonehill UFO Files: Paranormal Encounters Behind the Iron Curtain. New York: Quadrillion Pub., 1998. [Includes a list of UFO research organizations in Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.]
Stover, Dawn. “50 Years After Roswell.” Popular Science 250, no.6 (Jun. 1997) : 82-88.
Strieber, Whitley. Communion: The True Story. New York: Morrow, 1987.
Tacker, Lawrence J. Flying Saucers and the U.S. Air Force. New York: Van Nostrand, 1960. OCLC 1393035. [States the official Air Force position as of 1960 and includes earlier Air Force statements on UFOs.]
Tarabrin, A. “Star Wars or Star Peace?: Following the Traces of Flying Saucers.” Soviet Soldier 1 (Jan. 1991): 68-70.
Unidentified Flying Objects Bibliography, Newspaper Clippings. Washington: Library of Congress, n.d. OCLC 29809959. [Note: 4 volume set of microfilm covering the period through 1966]
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Armed Services. Unidentified Flying Objects. 89th Cong., 2d sess., 5 April 1966. OCLC 5367026.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science and Astronautics. Symposium on Unidentified Flying Objects. 90th Cong., 2d sess., 29 July 1968. OCLC 3322.
United States. Department of Defense. Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). [DOD UFO website.]
United States. Department of the Air Force. “Unidentified Flying Objects and Air Force Project Blue Book.” USAF Fact Sheet 95-03.
United States. Department of the Air Force. The Roswell Report: Fact Versus Fiction in the New Mexico Desert. Washington: GPO, 1995. [Executive Summary available online]
United States. General Accounting Office. Results of a Search for Records Concerning the 1947 Crash Near Roswell, New Mexico. Washington: General Accounting Office, 1995. GAO/NSIAD 95187. OCLC 32988306.
United States. Library of Congress, Science and Technology Division, Science Reference Section. Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOS). Washington: GPO, 1991. OCLC 25269172.
Vasilyev, V. “Target: UFO.” Soviet Soldier 8 (Aug. 1991): 73-75.
Walters, Edward and Bruce Maccabee. UFO’s Are Real: Here’s the Proof. New York: Avon Books, 1997. OCLC 36214720.
Walters, Edward and Frances Walters. The Gulf Breeze Sightinqs: The Most Astounding Multiple Sightings of UFO’s in U.S. History. New York: William Morrow, 1990. OCLC 20391829, 26129166.
Warren, Larry. Left at East Gate: A First-hand Account of the Bentwater-Woodbridge UFO Incident, its Cover-up, and Investigation. New York: Marlowe & Co., 1997. OCLC 35008101.
Wilson, Jim. “Roswell Plus 50. “Popular Mechanics 174, no.7 (Jul. 1997): 48-53.
Ziegler, Charles A. “UFOs and the US Intelligence Community” Intelligence and National Security 14, no. 2 (summer 1999): 1-25,
This bibliography is intended to provide research assistance only, and does not imply any opinion concerning the subject on the part of the U.S. Navy.