Ramey, left, holding letter, and DuBose looking over wind-forecasting device...
Major Jesse A. Marcel (looking right) of Houma, LA holding foil debris from...
Five airmen demonstrate a radar device being attached to a weather balloon...
The UTA Libraries Special Collections Division has partnered with researchers Kevin Randle, David Rudiak, Simon Schollum, and Jerry Morelock to document and disseminate photographic assets held by the Libraries related to the Roswell UFO incident of 1947. At the time, the object in question, said to be a weather balloon, was flown to the Fort Worth Army Air Field where reporters saw and photographed the material.
The UTA Libraries currently holds photographs and negatives from the incident as part of the large Fort Worth Star-Telegram collection that chronicles the history of Fort Worth and West Texas.
Kevin Randle and Brenda McClurkin, Department Head of Special Collections at the University of Texas at Arlington, discuss the tens of thousands of photographs taken by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram over the decades. She has worked with several people in an attempt to read what we all call the Ramey Memo, which is a document held by Brigadier General Roger Ramey in his office on July 8, 1947.
Since it has been suggested that Ramey had invited reporters from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to his office, and since some of the quoted material came from a web site that hosted an interview with J. Bond Johnson, the reporter, I thought I could clarify some of this by posting the following. This is from my second interview with Johnson, made about a month after he called me, left his telephone number on my answering machine asking me to return the call.
The best case of provenance that I have ever seen is the Ramey Memo. We have a picture of Ramey holding the document, we have been able to interview the photographer, and we know the date on which it was taken because we have not only a dated document that was transmitted with the picture, but it appeared in newspapers around the country the next day.
During the first week in July, 1947, something fell to Earth near the tiny New Mexican town of Corona and was retrieved by members of the 509th Bomb Group of the U.S. Army Air Forces stationed near Roswell, New Mexico. Limited documentation about that event has been found and much of that submitted for examination lacks any sort of provenance.
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