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Lost Collections?

From: Barry Greenwood <uhrhistory.nul>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 09:59:34 -0600
Archived: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 14:00:05 -0500
Subject: Lost Collections?

I wonder if any List members can recall and re-tell stories
about UFO files collections being lost or destroyed? I have
found several sites devoted to the loss of libraries and
archives around the world where countless bits of knowledge have
become wiped from society's collective memory. It might be
useful to document what has happened in this respect to UFO
history. An example:

A former head of the New England UFO Study Group, Steven Putnam,
had files from his years with the organization. Among other
means, he often collected sightings from hitch-hikers who he
would pick up in his car during his travels and would jot down
information on scraps of paper much like Charles Fort. Steve's
wife was not fond of UFOs. When he became ill some of us
contacted his wife about his records and she promised to hold
them for pick-up if Steve couldn't continue. He passed on and
when his wife was contacted, she said everything was thrown in
the trash. There was no intention to save it for others. She was
getting back at his time spent on the subject by destroying it
all. A chunk of New England UFO history was gone forever.

I think it would be valuable to hear about other incidents like
this to gauge the scope of what is gone and how to prevent it in
the future.

Barry Greenwood

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