I am now pleased to be able to share a further collection of material – about 30 booklets of documents produced by Quest Publications (some of which
are over 100 pages long).
Quest Publications was founded by Graham W Birdsall and his brother Mark Birdsall. Quest Publications published the UK’s “UFO Magazine” from the
early 1980s until 2004. The Birdsall brothers also organised many UFO conferences and related events.
Graham Birdsall can be seen in the video speaking on “The Reality of UFOs” at the Leeds UFO Magazine Conference in 1996 (after a brief
introduction by his brother, Mark Birdsall).
Graham Birdsall passed away in September 2003. The family initially continued to publish the magazine after his death with help from his son-in-law
Russell Callaghan (featured in the video below), who took over as editor, but “UFO Magazine” ceased publication in March 2004 and Quest
Quest Publications also produced a considerable number of collections of UFO documents.
I recently contacted the last editor of Quest Publication's UFO Magazine, Graham Birdsall’s son-in-law Russel Callaghan, to ask him whether the
Birdsall family had any objection to my making Quest Publication's various booklets of documents available (free of charge, of course) online. He
kindly responded that I should go ahead.
These include publications relating to Rendlesham, the Cash-Landrum incident, intelligence document packages and other material.
The collection of Quest Publication booklets can be downloaded from THIS TEMPORARY LINK for the next week. After
that date, or if you only want a specific booklet, you can find them on the AFU’s download section at
The quality and significance of the documents in the various collections varies significantly. Provenance is also an issue in relation to any
collections of documents published by non-governmental entities (and I note that the Quest Publications booklets contain some of the infamous MJ-12
documents and material relating to the Kalahari Desert hoax). However, I nonetheless thought it getting these booklets shared since:
(1) I thought some of you may, like me, find it a tad frustrating when a UFO book cites a document in a document collection (whether published by
Quest Publications or otherwise) without being able to quickly locate the relevant document.
(2) A surprising amount of the relevant correspondence and other documents with various agencies (particularly in relation to NASA) does not appear to
be currently available online, whether on government websites or elsewhere.
(3) Some of the booklets helpfully pull together several of the official documents on relevant incidents together with press articles.
(4) Sometimes the documents released by government agencies in response to Freedom Of Information Act requests a decade or two ago were actually of a
better quality than the current images on various government websites. For example, the best quality copy of a key CIA document that I’ve seen is
actually in the files scanned by MUFON as part of MUFON’s Pandora Project – which is one of the reasons why I regard it as, well, disappointing
that MUFON hasn’t made more of those scans freely available online.
(5) Sometimes the documents released by government agencies in response to Freedom Of Information Act requests a decade or two ago contained less
extensive redactions than the current images on various government websites.
(6) Sharing such previous collections may reduce the number of stories by some UFO “researchers” people in which they breathlessly claim to have
obtained new leaked documents, when in fact the relevant documents have been made available by others years before. (Just this week, one British
newspaper reported on a memo that I posted on ATS five years ago, even using the cropped version of that document which I posted here…).
edit on 5-7-2016 by IsaacKoi because: (no reason given)
The Quest Publication booklets currently in the relevant collection on the AFU website are listed below. I have included, where available, the number
assigned to each publication by Quest Publications. (I anticipate that some further booklets will be added to this collection).
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