For David Marler, UFOs are a real obsession.
He calls it passion or calling.
In any case, he is one of the world’s leading UFO historians and archivists – and his collection is growing.
In the extension he built at his Rio Rancho home, he has 32 four-drawer filing cabinets containing government documents, reports, case files, hundreds of thousands of newspaper clippings and more than 1,500 books cataloged to date.
There are also hundreds of historical audio recordings and museum-quality artifacts from the USAF Project Blue Book.
“There are things that people would like to see,” Marler said. “It’s part of the story.”
Now he needs a place to put everything.
Marler is looking for a facility to house the collection that can double as a UFO museum in the Albuquerque area. That includes Rio Rancho, and he’s already contacted Mayor Gregg Hull and met with the University of New Mexico.
Marler will also seek a meeting with Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and U.S. Senator Tim Heinrich, D-NM, who is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
He founded a nonprofit organization, the National UFO Historical Records Center. Other members of the non-profit organization include leading UFO historians and archivists Jan Aldrich, Rod Dyke, Barry Greenwood, Dr. Mark Rodeghier, Rob Swiatek and others. He also has potential financiers in line.
The archive is dedicated to “the preservation and centralization of UFO/UAP information in the United States.”
He also has a website. Here is a link to a story in The DeBrief online.
He believes the facility could generate additional revenue as a visitor location — especially given New Mexico’s history of UFOs.
Marler has been researching UFOs for 32 years.
Last year he toured the USA with eight lectures. He also landed in Nova Scotia.
The timing for the facility and nonprofit, he said, is ripe.
It is the 75th anniversary of the invention of the term UFO. And federal agencies say the plan is to address the issue.
In October, NASA announced its Unidentified Aerial Study. The study started on October 24th.
Marler believes they want to look at his collection as well as the collections of other UFO historians.
“They are now wading in at the deep end and are ready to engage with the subject,” said Marler.
Establishing the nonprofit will make a big difference, Marler said.
It means there are tax breaks for those who contribute. This means that students at UNM can help digitize things and get credit for it.
Marler, who works in business development in the health sector, wants the group to be an academic institution whose theme is UFOs.
“I’m very skeptical about my approach to the subject,” he said. “We really don’t take sides when it comes to UFOs. We want to be the stewards or curators of the history of the subject. We want to create something that has never existed before on this scale.”