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"should be watched because of their potentially great influence on mass thinking if widespread sightings should occur. The apparent irresponsibility and the possible use of such groups for subversive purposes should be kept in mind.
The APRO material has very little overlap or duplication with
the UFO files of the old National Investigations Committee on
Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) and the Civilian Saucer Intelligence
(CSI-New York), now incorporated with the files of the Center
for UFO Studies (CUFOS) in Chicago.
Jan Aldrich, coordinator of Project 1947, remarked, "The
reports, letters, investigations, and newspaper clippings
contained in the APRO microfilm have few duplications of the
reports in the files of NICAP, CSI, CUFOS, Barry Greenwood, Dr.
Leon Davidson, or Loren Gross. Davidson had a worldwide clipping
service which provided him with large numbers of clippings from
South America. Greenwood and I have also done extensive research
in South American newspapers in the Library of Congress,
Harvard, Yale, and many other libraries. Yet the APRO South
American newspaper clippings are essentially unique compared
with what has already been collected."
The microfilm contains more than 1,000 pages of reports from
ordinary citizens, pilots, the military and others. Many of
these reports were not published in the APRO Bulletin or the
Lorenzens' books. Southwest Microfilms of El Paso, Texas,
produced the APRO file microfilm and exercised great care to
assure legibility of the material. A search for copies of the
other microfilm reels continues. Several former APRO officials
have been contacted in connection with the search.
there are few reports for the 1920s anywhere, the material in the APRO files about doubles what was in the CUFOS/NICAP/CSI files. There are "new" reports for 1947. Reports start getting more detailed after APRO begins operations in 1952. There are some report forms from other UFO organizations in Norway, Canada, and from some of the representative overseas.
Almost 2,500 UFO reports in APRO's files have been microfilmed since the Organization received funds for the microfilming project. During the course of the microfilming it has also been possible to ascertain, for the first time, the amount of reports contained in the files. The following is a breakdown of the microfilming to date (reports are filed in chronological order).
1,600 B.C. - 1
500-400 B.C. - 3
400-300 B.C. - 2
300-200 B.C. - 9
200-100 B.C. - 22
100-0 B.C. - 18
0-100 A.D. - 4
100-200 A.D. - 3
200-300 A.D. - -
300-400 A.D. - 6
400-500 A.D. - 1
500-600 A.D. - 7
600-700 A.D. - 7
700-800 A.D. - 7
800-900 A.D. - 8
900-1000 - 6
1000- 1100 - 12
1100-1200 - 17
1200-1300 - 8
1300-1400 - 9
1400-1500 - 6
1500- 1600 - 23
1600-1700 - 12
1700-1800 - 25
1800-1900 - 19
1900-1910 - 12
1910-1920 - 13
1920-1930 - 14
1930-1940 - 18
1940- 1946 - 49
1947 - 81
1948 - 24
1949 - 47
1950 - 74
1951 - 51
1952 - 349
1953 - 132
1954 - 525
1955 - 226
1956 - 315
1957 - 376
The reports from 2,000 years ago are from Roman and Greek accounts of unusual aerial phenomena, many of which probably could have had mundane explanations, such as meteorological or astronomical phenomena, but they are all included for the record. The late 19th Century "airship" sighting over the United States are not included in the above figures. This is not because APRO does not accept the "airships" as legitimate aerial phenomena but because APRO's files on the subject are not very extensive. It is known that others have very complete files on the "airship" reports so APRO decided not to include them in its catalog at this time.
A marked increase in reports is apparent from 1952 onwards. That was the year APRO was founded and report files were maintained. Reports prior to1952 have filtered through to APRO over the years in lesser numbers. It should be noted that the totals in the above list include UFO Report Forms, letters from citizens describing their observations, reports received from other organizations (including many abroad) and newspaper clippings. Most do not represent, by any means, investigated cases as APRO was in its infancy in the early-mid 50s and the Field Investigators Network did not exist.
Statistics for years 1958 through 1971 will be given as microfilming progressses over the next several months.
"Varied UFO" was used to exchange information between the USAF Public Relations Office and Project Blue Book. It has a number of cases from the Project Blue Book files (mostly in much better shaped than the other microfilms. It also contains cases files submitted to the AF by Ray Fowler and the North Hollywood 1960 case submitted by the Los Angeles NICAP Subcommittee (LANS).Most of the PBB cases are from the 1960s."