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Rob Mercer UFO Document Archive
"From the Desks of Project Blue Book"
Courtesy of The Black Vault


Rob Mercer is a longtime follower of the UFO phenomenon and a history buff, as well as a UFO Investigator from Ohio. He resides in the Springfield, Ohio area about 20 minutes from Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Wright Patterson has a rich history of research and development. It also plays an important part in UFO lore, with its ties to Roswell in 1947 and other UFO events. The Air Force also conducted their different investigation programs of UFOs there, including Project Blue Book. Rob had spent years doing service work in homes in the Dayton area, including those of personnel who worked at the base. During this time, it was not uncommon for him to come across people that are also interested in UFOs. Some would have collections of books or binders put together from private investigators. Items that will eventually be passed on to relatives, who in most cases, don’t care to keep them. It is a good bet that a lot of these collections will meet the curb, but from time to time, you can find items such as these on Ebay or similar sites. Cost, time, and effort with shipping are required with these, something that most won’t bother with. Craigslist however, provides a place that is free, and it allows for local pickup. For this reason, he long thought that if he kept an eye out, he might come across some deals on some personal collections.

One evening in late 2013, under a UFO search on Craigslist in the Dayton, Ohio area, he came across an ad that advertised Project Blue Book Pics and Documents. The ad was from Centerville, which is located just south of Dayton. It stated that the materials were apparently the property of an Air Force Captain who was assigned to Project Blue Book. They were found behind a pile of lumber bought at auction in a garage in Fairborn, Ohio. A good portion of Wright Patterson is located in Fairborn, so upon seeing this, he was instantly intrigued. There was a good chance that it was the real deal. The next morning when Rob received a response, he was told that there had been no interest in the files up to that point. After work, he made the trip to view the items and was convinced of their authenticity. After purchasing the files (ALL UNCLASSIFIED), to be safe, he made sure to get a screenshot of the ad in hopes of protecting himself if the files ended up having been stolen.

This is a copy of the original
advertisement for the collection.

After returning home, Rob began to trace their origin, as everything the seller knew about them was in the ad. He found a name that was on many of the later documents, and began his search there. He was able to determine the name was associated with a house that had been sold a few years before. A search showed this same house having an auction a couple of months prior. He drove by the house, and saw that there was a two-story garage behind it. This was the perfect place for items to be stored, misplaced and possibly lost over time.

A photograph of the garage where the items were found.

Convinced that the story was true, and that he was on the right track, Rob set about confirming that this was the actual Air Force Officer, and not just someone else that shared the same name. Everything matched up and he began trying to figure out how to approach him. In the case that he was unaware of the files being out, he did not want to expose him to trouble. The box contained slides showing “UFO” photos and other briefing documents, two binders with case summaries and photos, a 16mm film reel from Moline, IL and various other files.

Lt. Carmon Marano, Circled

Contact was eventually made with the Officer and they ended up spending a couple of hours talking. He said that he didn’t realize that he had left them behind when he moved out. They spoke about his time in service, the UFO program and politics. After 45 years, his memory was a little fuzzy, but he remembered some of the cases. The Officer said he grew up a fan of science fiction, and mentioned that when he was first assigned to the program, he planned to prove that we were being visited. After two years, he became burned out and convinced otherwise. When looking at some of the hoaxes and other photos submitted to Blue Book, along with the amount of paperwork that went into each case, it is easy to see why this would happen. By the late 60s, little resources and staff were available.

Email exchange with Lt. Carmon Marano

His duties included briefings on UFOs for the Air Force and investigating sightings. During his time, he was also charged with organizing the case files. Blue Book didn’t have the best relationship with the press, and from time to time, they would get requests about specific cases. He took it upon himself to make the process friendlier; he copied case files and organized them into books to make it easier for them. When the program shut down and closed in 1970, he declassified all of the case files except for Navy sightings. They could not be declassified because they would reveal military whereabouts. From there, they sent the files on to Maxwell Air Force Base.

After seeing how much Rob enjoyed the subject, the Officer informed him that he had a few more boxes from his Blue Book days back home where he stays during the spring and summer. Rob was sent four more boxes, including: books, photos, case files, memos, rules & regulations, film, reel to reel sound tape, correspondences and more (ALL UNCLASSIFIED). He learned that the files he acquired were some originals, as well as copies that were used for the press, as well as UFO investigation tools, books, and other UFO-related documents and inter-office memos (ALL UNCLASSIFIED) from their actual desks. They were earmarked for the trash, but the officer kept them as souvenirs.

Document Archive

Access to UFO Files, Undated
Aerospace Technologies Division Personnel List, Undated
AFR 80-17, AFR 200-2 Reporting Form, Undated
Aids To Identification Of Flying Objects, Date Unknown
Air Defense Command (ADC) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
Air Force to Contract with Scientists for UFO Investigations, 9 May 1966
Arriving from Mars by UFO? by Charles H. Smiley, Brown University, USAF SAFOI, 1960
Cartoons & Comics
Cut Off Date for Investigating UFO Reports, 28 March 1968
Evaluation of Photo Cases, 5 April 1968
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and UFOs, 20 September 1967
Foreign Technology Division Chain of Command, 1 July 1968
History of Project, Undated
Invitation, Wright-Patterson Officers Open Mess Hall, 5 December 1967
Project Blue Book Briefing Notes, Unknown Date
Project Blue Book Policy Statements, 23 June 1968
Project Blue Book Records, 18 July 1969
Project Blue Book Reference Notes
Project Blue Book Regulations (Various)
Project Sign, February 1949
Release of Information to the Public, 29 April 1968
Sighting of Unidentified Phenomena Questionnaire, August 1967
Sightings and Statistics
Status Reports and Special Reports, #1-12 and #14
The Smithsonian Institute and UFOs, 27 September 1967
Space Detection & Tracking, 16 November 1967
Training/Orientation of Newly Assigned Personnel, 27 October 1966
The Unidentified Flying Object Program presented to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, by Major Hector Quintanilla, Jr. – 22 April 1967
Unidentified Flying Objects presented by 1st Lt. William F. Marley, Jr. – 7 July 1967
UFO Analysis Sheet, January 1962
UFO Project Officers, Unknown Date
UFOs: A Report on Unidentified Flying Objects, Date Unknown
University of Colorado/Condon Committee
USAF Information Bulletin, 15 May 1968
Wreckage of Flying Saucer at Spitzbergan

Individual Case Files

Complete Case Listing, 1947-1958
Complete Case Listing, 1959-1965
Complete Case Listing, 1966-1969
Alamogordo, New Mexico – 11 November 1957 – It is noted that the PBB staff incorrectly spelled “Alamogordo.”
Case File Photographs, 1953-1966
Case File Photographs, 1967-1969
Case File Photographs, Various Dates
Case File Photographs, No Descriptions or Captions
Florida, 22 July 1969
Mosinee, Wisconsin, 29 May 1968
Pensacola, Florida, 1 July 1969
Phoenix, Arizona, 1920s
Socorro, New Mexico UFO Landing, 24 April 1964
White Sands, New Mexico, 3 November 1957

J. Allen Hynek Collection

The following material was collected from J. Allen Hynek. It is believed that the majority of this, do not appear anywhere else in the Blue Book files.

A summary of the investigation by Captain Hardin, USAF, and Dr. J. Allen Hynek, of the reported visual sightings of UFOs at Bismark, North Dakota and Blackhawk, South Dakota, on 5/6 August 1953 [64 Pages, 22MB]
J. Allen Hynek Bills and Journals [27 Pages, 11.5MB]
J. Allen Hynek Correspondence Files [67 Pages, 28MB]
J. Allen Hynek Misc. Files [20 Pages, 7.8MB]
J. Allen Hynek Various Blue Book Files [22 Pages, 7.2MB]
The Piri Reis’ Maps [25 Pages, 6.4MB] – This was a paper written by one of Dr. Hynek’s students at Northwestern University.

Film Reel Archive

Hector Quintanilla Briefing, February 1965, Soccorro, New Mexico UFO Landing
Moline, Illinois by Patrolman Fisher, 8mm, 9 March 1967
Morgantown, West Virginia Police Officer Interviews, 3 March 1968
Tremonton, Utah, by Navy Warrant Officer Delbert Newhouse, 16mm, 7 July 1952
Unknown, 66-M-I-56, 16mm Film – Date Unknown

Project Blue Book Reference Papers/Publications

A Preliminary Study Of Unidentified Targets Observed On Air Traffic Control Radars, May 1953
Ball Lightning Bibliography, 1950-1960
Facts About Unidentified Flying Objects (Library of Congress Legislative Reference Service), 5 May 1966
NASA Satellite Situation Report, Volume 9, No. 22, 30 November 1969
The Airmen: What Does The Air Force Really Know About Flying Saucers?, July 1967
U.S. Department of Commerce Weather Bureau Information on Ball Lightning, Appendix H, Circa 1948

Sighting Research And Investigation Tools

This was a folder that contains most of the Project Blue Book investigation Tools. Some material was slightly redacted to preserve privacy of some individuals, and is separated to best index the documents in folder. (Note: some of the material below MAY be copyrighted. It is archived here for research and reference, and all copyrights are held by their respective holders. Also, you will note each PDF has bookmarks built in to help organize the information below even further.)

Advertising Signs
Articles & Clippings
Report Forms
Various Research

Project Blue Book Library

The Project Blue Book staff had their share of books on the shelves for reference, some of which, were saved by 2nd Lt. Carmon Marano. Below, you will find the book covers scanned in.

2nd Lt. Carmon Marano Briefing Documents and Job Description

No infringement intended. For educational purposes only.