The CIA declassified hundreds of documents in 1978 detailing the Agency’s investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). The documents date primarily from the late 1940s and 1950s.
To help navigate the vast amount of data contained in our FOIA UFO collection, we’ve decided to highlight a few documents both skeptics and believers will find interesting. Below you will find five documents we think X-Files character Agent Fox Mulder would love to use to try and persuade others of the existence of extraterrestrial activity. We also pulled five documents we think his skeptical partner, Agent Dana Scully, could use to prove there is a scientific explanation for UFO sightings.
Top 5 CIA Documents Mulder Would Love To Get His Hands On:
- Flying Saucers Reported Over East Germany, 1952 (PDF 325 KB)
- Minutes of Branch Chief’s Meeting on UFOs, 11 August 1952 (PDF 162 KB)
- Flying Saucers Reported Over Spain and North Africa, 1952 (PDF 266 KB)
- Survey of Flying Saucer Reports, 1 August 1952(PDF 175 KB)
- Flying Saucers Reported Over Belgian Congo Uranium Mines, 1952 (PDF 262 KB)
- Scientific Advisory Panel on Unidentified Flying Objects, 14-17 January 1953 (PDF 907 KB)
- Office Memorandum on Flying Saucers, 15 March 1949 (PDF 110 KB)
- Memorandum to the CIA Director on Flying Saucers, 2 October 1952 (PDF 443 KB)
- Meeting of the OSI Advisory Group on UFOs, 21 January 1953 (PDF 194 KB)
- Memorandum for the Record on Flying Saucers, 3 December 1952 (PDF 179 KB)
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This collection catalogues CIA information on this subject from the 1940s through the early 1990s. Most of the documents concern CIA cables reporting unsubstantiated UFO sightings in the foreign press and intra-Agency memos about how the Agency handled public inquiries about UFO sightings. For the most recent CIA information on UFOs, see the article “CIA’s Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90” at the Center for the Study of Intelligence website (https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/index.html). The article is located in On-line Publications under the “Studies in Intelligence” section, specifically semi-annual Edition #1, 1997.