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UFOArchives: Your Guide to finding UFO-related archives in libraries: Major Collections

UFOs flying over ocean

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My name is Pete McDonnell - I'm a librarian and Associate Professor at Bemidji State University, in Bemidji, MN.  I'm very interested in the UFO (also known by the newer term of "Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon", or UAP for short) and related phenomena, and am keen to share this information with others.

So, I've put together this not-quite-comprehensive resource to help you discover UFO-related archives, most of which are housed in academic libraries in the United States (with a few exceptions)

I hope you find this resource useful.  Please contact me if you have any questions about the guide -  I'm happy to help!

Last revision: June 17, 2022

Creator: Pete McDonnell, Bemidji State University, A. C. Clark Library


tel: (218) 755-2967


Archives of the Impossible – Rice University

These are highly-recommended, premier archival collections of UFO researchers and experiencers, housed at Rice University's Fondren Library, Woodson Research Center:



Anne and Whitley Strieber Collection 

Jacques Vallee UFO and paranormal phenomena papers -- under embargo until 2028. 

Richard F. Haines Ufology papers 

Brenda Denzler Ufology archive   

Larry W. Bryant UFO research collection 

Other "big-hitters"

AFU - Archives for the Unexplained (Largest collection of research materials on UFO's and the paranormal in the world, based in Sweden)


Anomaly Archives (non-profit organization that seeks to preserve and disseminate scientific research into anomalous phenomena, including UFOs)


J Allen Hynek personal papers (Northwestern)


William E. Jones Collection on UFOs (Ohio State University) 


Betty and Barney Hill Papers, 1961-2006 (University of New Hampshire) 


Richard F. Haines papers, 1945-2017 (Separate from Rice University's archive of his papers)


Kenneth Ring papers (academic researcher of Near Death Experience and UFOs) 


R. Leo Sprinkle papers (U Wyoming psychologist researching abductee/experiencer)