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Guide to the Betty and Barney Hill Papers, 1961-2006

Collection number: MC 197

Size: 7 boxes (2.33 cu.ft.)

About Betty and Barney Hill

Betty and Barney Hill lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Betty (1919-2004) was a social worker, with a degree from the University of New Hampshire, and Barney (1923-1969) was a postal worker. The couple were catapulted into the international spotlight when in September 1961 they claimed to have been abducted by aliens in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The two were returning home to Portsmouth from a trip to Montreal, Canada, when as they were driving in the middle of the night, they saw lights approaching from the sky. What followed is said to be the first well-documented, feasibly legitimate UFO abduction in history. The couple claimed that they saw bipedal humanoid creatures in the window of a large spacecraft that landed in a field, after which they had no recollection of the next two hours. They returned home to Portsmouth unable to explain the two missing hours. Both Betty and Barney had physical changes from the night before, including Betty’s torn and stained dress, Barney’s scraped shoe, and a broken binocular strap. But neither of them had any memory of these things having happened.

About a year after their abduction, Betty and Barney sought hypnosis therapy to help reveal to them the events of the two missing hours. Through many hypnosis sessions, both were able to recall what had happened and both had similar stories. Betty Hill, through her experience, became one of the most well-known voices in UFO research. The publicity she received from her abduction made her internationally famous. She continued her research into UFOs for the remainder of her life, even after Barney’s sudden death in 1969. The Hills, though best known for their association with UFOs and their abduction, were also active civil servants in their seacoast New Hampshire community. Both were members of the NAACP and belonged to a local Unitarian church. Barney sat on a local board of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

About the Betty and Barney Hill Papers

The Betty and Barney Hill papers contain correspondence, personal journals and essays, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, photographs, slides, films and audio tapes relating to UFOs. The first series consists of correspondence to and from Betty and Barney Hill. These mostly concern the UFO abduction and UFO topics in general. The second series consists primarily of Betty’s personal journals documenting her own UFO sightings and essays written by Betty. The third series is Betty’s personal history, mostly before the abduction. Series four contains contracts and agreements between Betty and Barney Hill in regards to books, magazines, television appearances, and speaking engagements. The fifth series includes manuscripts by Betty Hill and others. Series six contains subject files related to the UFO abduction. Series seven consists of publications and articles about the Hill abduction. The eighth series contains newspaper clippings about the Hills and their abduction. Series nine consists of 197 photographs, slides, films, audio tapes and art work. The photographs are of various sizes, mixed both color and black and white.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Betty and Barney Hill Papers, 1961-2006, MC 197, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation, Kathleen Marden, Stratham, N.H., Nov. 28, 2006 (Accession number: 2007.01)

Separated Material

One folder of correspondence to and from Dale Russell has been removed according to the wishes of Kathy Marden. It is held in the department files related to the various collections that are housed in the black cabinets in Room 114.

Collection Contents

Series I: Correspondence

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Aerial Phenomena Research Organization Inc.; Adams Study Club; Department of the Air Force (4 letters); University of Arizona; W.P. Armstrong; Association to Advance Ethical Hypnosis
Box 1, Folder 2 Baldwin-Wallace College; Albert H. Baller; Banglar Sanipod; Jim Bartlett; David Berman; Blackstone Valley Regional School District
Box 1, Folder 3 Ted Bloecher, 1973-1977 (10 letters)
Box 1, Folder 4 Richard Bonarrigo (3 letters); Book King; Janet and Colin Bord (2 letters); Anthony Brooke (3 letters); Cynthia Brown (with Juanita Smith); Edie Buchanan; Eddie Bullard; Florence and Ted Butler
Box 1, Folder 5 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (2 letters); Canadian National Railways; Canadian UFO Report; Jack Carroll (2 letetrs); Centre School; J. Delgado Cerdan; Kay Chism; Robaire and Sody Clampette (6 letters)
Box 1, Folder 6 Jerome Clark; Clark Publishing Company; CNN; H.F. Cochrane(fragment); Gary Cohen; Columbia-Greene Community College; Contact; Hans Croon (2 letters)
Box 1, Folder 7 The David Susskind Show; Michael Davis; Vera deGill; John Detrick; Dell Publishing Company, Inc.; The Dial Press; DK Direct Ltd.; Millie Dufresne (2 letters); Robert J. Durant (2 letters)
Box 1, Folder 8 George W. Earley; Eastern Michigan University; P.M.H. Edwards (3 letters); Ralf Eschner
Box 1, Folder 9 George D. Fawcett (2 letters); Lawrence Fawcett; Stanley Ferguson(5 letters)
Box 1, Folder 10 Marjorie Fish (34 letters)
Box 1, Folder 11 C.W. Fitch (5 letters); Andrea Florio (3 letters); The Foundation Faith of the Millennium (2 letters); Ray Fowler (2 letters); Mina L. French; Stanton T. Friedman (3 letters); Margaret Fry (5 letters); Curtis Fuller
Box 1, Folder 12 John G. Fuller, 1975-1982 (19 letters, many undated)
Box 1, Folder 13 Anne Gehman; Good Morning America; Vera Gill (2 letters); Global Television Network; Timothy Good; Gorvardhan Hill, Inc.; Elsa D. Griscom; Ground Saucer Watch
Box 1, Folder 14 Bob Hair, 1980-1982 (8 letters)
Box 1, Folder 15 Hampton Jaycees; Hampton Public Schools; Friends of Gary Hart; Whitney C. Hayward
Box 1, Folder 16 Bill Herman, 1979-198 (8 letters, 2 two photographs); Hingley
Box 1, Folder 17 Robert E. Hohmann, 1965-Nov. 1966 (25 letters, some undated)
Box 1, Folder 18 Robert E. Hohmann, April 1967-Nov. 1973 (26 letters)
Box 1, Folder 19 Rosetta Holmes (4 letters); Human Development Center; Allen Hynek, 1967
Box 1, Folder 20 Phil Imbrogno; International UFO Congress (see Curtis Fuller); Herbert Jonas.
Box 1, Folder 21 KDKA-TV; Alice Keens-Soper; Bonnie Kelly; Philip J. Kenney; Carol Kenny; Donald Keyhoe (2 letters); KKZZ Country; Philip J. Klass; KTVU San Francisco; KYW Radio
Box 1, Folder 22 John H. Luttrell, Sr.; David M. Leuser; William J. Lewis; Barbara Liscomb; (Mr.) Long; Look Magazine (2 letters); The Lou Gordon Program; Lucent Books
Box 1, Folder 23 Jack Mack; Mari Major; Mike Marsulla; Maria Martin; McClellan Family; Kenneth McCulloch; Christine McElroy; Doris M. McKenna; Debra F. McMillin (3 letters); Edith Meinelt (2 letters); Melaney; Rev. Vincent P. Mellone; John and Virginia Meloney (7 letters)
Box 1, Folder 24 Mrs. Gerard Michaud (2 letters); Eleanor Milliken (3 letters, one frag.); Minnesota Society for Parapsychological Research; William L. Moore (2 letters); Jay Morrison (4 letters); Mutual UFO Network, Inc.; Mystery Hill
Box 1, Folder 25 National Investigation Committee (2 letters); The New Hampshire; New Hampshire College; New Hampshire Public Television (2 letters); Paul Norman (2 letters); Mrs. Robert Guilford North; NOVA (2 letters)
Box 1, Folder 26 Octopus Books Limited; Christian R. Page; Karl T. Pflock; The Phil Donahue Show (2 letters); Thierry Pinvidic (2 letters); Plymouth State College; Frank Procopio; Profile Jr./Sr. High School; Program Corporation of America; Roberta Pryor; Psychic Information Exchange; Psychic Science Research Association Inc. (3 letters); Psychical Awarness & Research Association
Box 1, Folder 27 Patricia Rainey; Michael Rampami; A.J.S. Rayl; R/D Productions (5); David Rees; Renaissance Community, Inc.; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; John Thomas Richards; George H. Roberts Jr.; Stanley Rothenberg; Lynelle Rush
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Rutland Free Library (2); Harley Rutlege; Karen Sable; Valerii I. Sanarov (4); George Scher; Paul Schine (?); Bob Schmidt; Robert Sheaffer; Bob Sh(?); Terry L. Shorb (2); Dr. Benjamin Simon; John L. Spencer
Box 2, Folder 2 Dr. R. Leo Sprinkle Jan. 1967- Dec. 1981 (15)
Box 2, Folder 3 Mary Stevens; Tom Stevens; Wendelle C. Stevens; Whitley Streiber; Talcott Mountain Science Center for Student Involvement, Inc.; Brendan Taylor (2); Teddy Bart Productions; Jeff Thompson; Douglas Thorpe; To Tell the Truth (2)
Box 2, Folder 4 Unity Fellowship; U.S. Department of Transportation; Dr. Arun Kumar Vajpey (6); Erich Von Daniken; Dr. Douglas J. Waters; WBZ Radio; WBZ-TV
Box 2, Folder 5 Walter Webb Sept. 1961-Feb. 1976 (28)
Box 2, Folder 6 Weekday (2); WEEP Radio; WGST News Radio; WHEB Radio; John W. White (2); WICC Radio; Gary Wilcox
Box 2, Folder 7 Bob Williams 1967-1971 (15)
Box 2, Folder 8 WKBD-TV; WLVI-TV (2); WNBH Radio; Ian Michael Wood; WREB Radio;WRKO/WROR Radio; WWSW Radio; WXLO Radio
Box 2, Folder 9 Unidentified correspondence (most identities have been redacted), 1960s
Box 2, Folder 10 Redacted correspondence, 1971-1977
Box 2, Folder 11 Redacted correspondence, 1978-1979
Box 2, Folder 12 Redacted correspondence, 1980-1990
Box 2, Folder 13 Redacted correspondence, undated
Box 2, Folder 14 Correspondence from Betty Hill, 1967-1990

Series II: Personal History

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 Personal history (childhood, genealogy, parents, marriage to Barney)
Box 3, Folder 2 Certificates: Betty and Barney’s marriage certificate, Betty’s birth certificate, Barney’s honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Barney’s enlistment record, Barney’s death certificate
Box 3, Folder 3 Hill deaths (Betty’s obituary, “Barney’s Death” an essay by Betty Hill)
Box 3, Folder 4 Requests for employment leaves/transfers. III. Notebooks and Journals

Series III: Notebooks and Journals

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 5 Notebook of Betty’s UFO sightings, Nov. 1977-Dec. 1978
Box 3, Folder 6 Notebook of Betty’s UFO sightings, Dec. 1978-May 1980
Box 3, Folder 7 Notebook of Betty’s UFO sightings, June 1980-March 1984
Box 3, Folder 8 “Journal of UFO Sightings” by Betty Hill (part one, 1977-1978). [The typed version of Betty's notebooks of sightings for these years]
Box 3, Folder 9 “Journal of UFO Sightings” by Betty Hill (part two, 1980-1983). [As above]
Box 3, Folder 10 “Journal of UFO Sightings” by Betty Hill (part three, 1984-1991)
Box 3, Folder 11 “Strange Events” by Betty Hill (1977-1988). [Contains selected events taken from the "Journal of UFO Sightings," presumably those sightings Betty valued as the most significant]
Box 3, Folder 12 Betty’s typed reports of sightings by others, 1967-1978

Series IV: Manuscripts

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 13 Fragments of The Interrupted Journey Continued by Betty Hill
Box 3, Folder 14 Draft of The Interrupted Journey Continued by Betty Hill
Box 3, Folder 15 Draft of The Interrupted Journey Continued by Betty Hill
Box 3, Folder 16 Draft of The Interrupted Journey Continued or A Common Sense Approach To UFOs by Betty Hill
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 Proof copy of The Interrupted Journey Continued or A Common Sense Approach To UFOs by Betty Hill, including book jacket and photograph of earlier idea for the cover
Box 4, Folder 2 Essay titled “Dreams or Recall?”
Box 4, Folder 3 Essay titled “Misidentification of UFOs.”
Box 4, Folder 4 Betty’s articles to editors
Box 4, Folder 5 Betty’s articles, speeches and diary entries
Box 4, Folder 6 The Interrupted Journey by John G. Fuller, chapters 1-5
Box 4, Folder 7 The Interrupted Journey by John G. Fuller, chapters 6-9
Box 4, Folder 8 The Interrupted Journey by John G. Fuller, chapters 10-13
Box 4, Folder 9 Press release for A Common Sense Approach to UFOs

Series V: Contracts and Agreements

Box 4
Box 4, Folder 10 Book and Magazine contracts: Ashley Famous Agency (4); The Dial Press; International Creative Management (Reader’s Digest)
Box 4, Folder 11 Television Contracts/Speaking Engagements: Associated Risk Analysts; “Bob Kennedy Contact”; CBS; “Contact”; The Dial Press (4); “Kup’s Show”; “LOOK”; MBC; Pease Air Force Base; Pierce Memorial Forum; “To Tell the Truth” (2); WCAU; WLOB
Box 4, Folder 12 Contracts/speaking engagements

Series VI: Subject Files

Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1 Air Force Intelligence Report
Box 5, Folder 2 David Baker, artist
Box 5, Folder 3 Declassified CIA and FBI documents
Box 5, Folder 4 Dress Analysis
Box 5, Folder 5 Stanton Friedman
Box 5, Folder 6 Grays Harbor County Civil Defense/UFA Report
Box 5, Folder 7 Hypnosis Papers
Box 5, Folder 8 Hypnosis Transcripts, Sessions 1-4
Box 5, Folder 9 Hypnosis Transcripts, Sessions 5-9
Box 5, Folder 10 Lie Detector Testing
Box 5, Folder 11 Miscellaneous Subject Files: Introductory Space Science text used by USAF Academy; Biological Effects of Radio-Frequency Radiation; “Betty and Barney Hill Abduction Case” by Michael D. Swords; visit to Betty Hill’s Landing Site; Testimony of Betty and Barney Hill; letter from Col. Peter Bent of the Department of the Air Force, dated June 14, 1983, enclosing Charles Halt’s report of “Unexplained Lights” on Dec. 27, 1980.
Box 5, Folder 12 NASA report on UFOs
Box 5, Folder 13 National UFO Reporting center
Box 5, Folder 14 NICAP reports; NICAP membership card
Box 5, Folder 15 Project Blue Book
Box 5, Folder 16 Betty’s Civic Work; Letters from Senators; photograph of John F. Kennedy
Box 5, Folder 17 Dale A. Russell Papers, Part 1: “The Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary Problem”; “The Evolution of Intelligence on Earth”
Box 5, Folder 18 Dale A. Russell Papers, Part 2: “Dinosaurs, Museums and Space Stations: The next decade in the natural sciences”; “Of Dinosaurs and Dirigibles: Questions on the Phanerozoic Atmosphere”
Box 5, Folder 19 Dale A. Russell, miscellaneous
Box 5, Folder 20 Dr. R. Leo Sprinkle Papers
Box 5, Folder 21 Articles on UFOs and extraterrestrial intelligence: “Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Where Is Everybody?” by John A. Ball (American Scientist, Vol. 68); “The Age of Nearby Stars” by Jeffrey L. Kretsch (Astronomy, July 1975), and “Recent Developments in the Scientific Study of UFO’s” by Frank B. Salisbury (BioScience, Vol. 25 No. 8)
Box 5, Folder 22 Unidentified speeches, maps, etc. and 1966 tour schedule
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1 Star charts: Various charts titled “Stars in the Hill Map Volume” by Marjorie Fish; star maps, including photograph, plot, and chart of stars; “An Analysis of the Fish Model” by Walter N. Webb, and a letter, dated May 2, 1975, from Fish in which she mentions Robert Scheaffer’s criticism of her work and its probable publication in Astronomy
Box 6, Folder 2 Star maps and UFO drawing by the Hills; unidentified drawing of alien
Box 6, Folder 3 Zeta Reticuli material: two issues of Astronomy (Dec 1974 and Jan 1976) that include Terence Dickinson’s article “The Zeta Reticuli Incident”; “Zeta Reticula Update” (1980) by Terence Dickinson; two offprints of “The Zeta Reticuli Incident” with related commentary by Jeffrey L. Kretsch, Carl Sagan, Steven Soter, Robert Scheaffer, Marjorie Fish, David Saunders, and Michael Peck, and a photocopy of the various commentaries from Astronomy, July 1975; drawing of Reticular pin

Series VII: Publications

Box 6
Box 6, Folder 4 “Aboard a Flying Saucer” by John G. Fuller; “Aliens Visit Voronezh” by Lev Aksyonov and Boris Zverev; Bulletin of Anomalous Experience
Box 6, Folder 5 Argosy; The Australian UFO Bulletin; Caveat Emptor
Box 6, Folder 6 Christian Life; Cleveland Press (2); The Communion Letter; Delve report; Fate; Fortean Times; Great Flying Saucer Hoax
Box 6, Folder 7 “The Gimlet Eye” by D. Keith Mano; Greenhaven Press; “How to Make an Alien” by Thomas E. Bullard; Incident at Indian Lake
Box 6, Folder 8 Look magazine (6 articles)
Box 6, Folder 9 “Mixed Message” by John S. Carpenter; The Most Amazing Case of All; The MUFON UFO Journal (2); National Enquirer; “A New Model of Investigation: Part 1″ by John L. Spencer
Box 6, Folder 10 “PSI and the Life Cycle” by Berthold E. Schwarz; “Telepathic Homoreque” by Berthold E. Schwarz; “UFO Hunting” by Thomas Elliot’ “Use and Misuse of Hypnosis in UFO Abduction Cases” by Kathleen Marden
Box 6, Folder 11 UFO Investigator (3) Sept-Oct 1964; April 1972; Sept. 1972,; UFO Journal (3): Sept 2001; Aug 2002; Jan 2004; UFOLOGY (photocopy) April 28, 1977
Box 6, Folder 12 UFO Perceptions: Sept. 1989; Dec. 1989; July 1990; Fall 1993

Series VIII: Newsclippings

Box 6
Box 6, Folder 13 Apr 196 – Oct 1965:

“Guest Speaker,” Foster’s Daily Democrat

“Two Men From Mars Visit Farmer in Tioga County,” Syracuse Herald-Journal

“Flying Objects Probe Demanded,” Boston Traveler

“Did They Seize Couple?” Boston Traveler

“Now Don”t You Believe in Flying Saucers?” Boston Traveler

“I Was Quizzed in ‘Space Ship,’” Boston Traveler

“I Asked About His Planet; He Was Angry,” Boston Traveler

“Pro, Con Views on Space Object: Was This the Moment of Truth?” Boston Traveler

Box 6, Folder 14 Nov 1965 – Nov 1966:

“The Facts About Flying Saucers”, Boston Sunday Herald

“Couple to Discuss UFO at Nashua on Tuesday”, New Hampshire Sunday News

“UFO’s Subject of Forum Talk”, Union Leader

“UFO Sighters to Take Part in Jaycee Forum on Nov. 30,” Nashua Telegraph

“Experience With UFO Told by Portsmouth Couple,” Exeter News Letter

“UFO’s for Real?,” Newsweek

“Looking Back in the Herald,” Portsmouth Herald

“Former Flying Saucer Passengers”, source unknown

“Couple Claim Contact With Creatures in UFO,” St. Paul Sunday Pioneer Press

“UFO Pair to Speak at Forum,” Foster’s Daily Democrat

“Flying Saucers. Fact or Fantasy?”, NY Times

“In-Depth Investigator of “Saucer” Sightings”, souce unknown

“Space Creatures Stumped By Teeth”, San Francisco Examiner

“Local UFO Abduction?,” NH Sunday News

“Down to Earth With the Flying Saucers,” The Fresno Bee

“Unusual Visitors in S.F.,” San Francisco Sun Reporter

“Testament for Believers,” Time

“UFOs Back Again,” unknown source

Box 6, Folder 15 Nov 1966 – Oct 1975:

“Hills to Relate UFO Encounter in Dover Nov. 7th”, Manchester Union Leader

untitled article, Playboy

“Portsmouth Couple Still Shaken Over Flying Saucer Experience,” Manchester Union Leader

“The Seductress from Outer Space,” Sunday News, School Paper

“Strangest Story of Our Time?,” Bradenton Fla. Herald

“Further Word on Unidentified Flying Objects,” Advocate-News

“Exposed: Conspiracy Between U.S. Gov’t and United Nations to Suppress the Truth About UFOs,” source unknown

“Saucer, Crew 11 Years Ago Real? Well.,” Boston Evening Globe

“Expert Calls UFO Sighting Best Ever,” Boston Sunday Herald

“UFO Watchers Disappointed,” Boston Evening Globe

“Several Claim Spotting UFOs in Indiana”, Poughkeepsie Journal

“Space Story Convinces Doctor,” Poughkeepsie Journal

“New UFO `Flap’: What Are They?” Sunday Herald Advertiser

“Terrified Policemen Radio for Help as UFO Menaces Patrol Car,” National Enquirer

“Converts Disappearing from Sight,” Boston Globe

“Movie Made from UFO Incident,” Kingstonian

“Betty Hill’s UFO Encounter,” Today in Greater Lawrence

“Needle-in-Abdomen Test Safe, Says Doctor,” Houston Chronicle

Box 6, Folder 16 Jan 1976 – Feb 1985:

“Interrupted Journey – Aboard UFO,” The Daily News

“Mother, Daughter Report Colebrook UFO Sighting,” Sunday News

“Lowell Man Flees Hollis After Sighting `Monster’,” Nashua Telegraph

“Mysterious Ill. Big Bird Leaves Sizable Evidence,” Nashua Telegraph

“Mrs. Hill Relates UFO Encounters,” Seacoast Flyer

“Far (Out) Encounters,” Boston Phoenix

“Carlyle to Host Speaker on UFO Experiences,” Centralia (Ill.) Sentinel

“Blackouts Hit Parts of Five States,” AP; “Eight Die in Crash of Plane,” Portsmouth Herald

“C.I.A. Papers Detail U.F.O. Surveillance,” NY Times

“Mysterious Marks on Boy’s Body After UFO Encounter,” National Enquirer

“Crash Probe,” Foster’s Daily Democrat

“Pease Reveals Close Shave,” Foster’s Daily Democrat

“Global Shield,” unknown source; “Global Shield,” Foster’s Daily Democrat

“Wood Island Triangle Claims Coast Guard Boat,” Portsmouth Herald

“Close Encounters in New Hampshire,” McCall’s

“Earthquake Rumbles Through Maine Again,” Portsmouth Herald

“No Plane,” Portsmouth Herald

“Beeper Distress Signal Sends Officials Scurrying,” Portsmouth Herald

“After They Fly Overhead, Where Do They Land?,” Rockingham Gazette

“Moscow Sets Up Probe of UFOs,” San Francisco Chronicle

“UFOs Are Probably Meteors or Planets,” source unknown; “A Close Encounter Recalled,” Sun Sentinel

“Betty Hill Revisited,” Rockingham Gazette

Box 6, Folder 17 Aug 1985 – Jan 1987:

“UFOlogists: certain other forms of life are `out there,’” Pensacola News Journal

“It’s Been 25 Years Since Betty Hill was `Dragged’ into UFO History,” Phoenix Gazette

“25 Years Later, UFO Remembered,” Express-News

“An Encounter of the Third Kind,” York County Coast Star

“Secret? UFO Paper Sparks Controversy,” Playground Daily News

“A Report From the Woodstock of UFOs”, Boston Globe Magazine

“Kingston Woman Retells Tale of UFO Kidnapping,” Haverhill Gazette

“Ask Betty Hill to Recount Her Close Encounter,” New Haven Register

“Circle of Flattened Corn Puzzles Farmer,” source unknown

“Close Encounters Bringing UFO Fans to Gulf Breeze-Aliens Second Home,” Tampa Tribune

“FAA Reopens Inquiry Into Reported UFO Sighting,” Seattle Times

Box 6, Folder 18 Apr 1987 – Sept 2006:

“Detective Will Reward UFO Victims,” New Haven Register

“They’re Back!” New Hampshire Seacoast Sunday

“UFO `Abductee’ to Retire. `Too Many Flakes,’” Jersey Journal

“UFO Story No Mystery to Portsmouth Woman,” New Hampshire Sunday News

“We’re All Lost in Space,” Foster’s Daily Democrat

“UFO Fever not Alien to Betty Hill,” Portsmouth Herald Sunday

“On the Safe Side of a Space Ride,” Spotlight

“UNH Professor: UFOs are not only real, they’re already here,” Foster’s Sunday Citizen

“Close Encounters – Close By,” Concord Monitor

“Wonderful Lady,” Concord Monitor

Box 6, Folder 19 Newsclippings about the Hills from unidentified sources
Box 6, Folder 20 Newsclippings, miscellaneous

Series IX: Audio-Visual Materials

Subseries : Photographs

Box 7
8.5 x 10.5″
Envelope 1 Barney Hill at home (b&w)
Envelope 2 Barney Hill with US Mail truck (b&w).
Envelope 3 Betty and Barney Hill with Delsey the dog and article about themselves (b&w)
Envelope 4 Barney Hill (b&w)
Envelope 5 Barney Hill in lawn chair (b&w)
Envelope 6 Barney Hill with model ship (b&w)
Envelope 7 Betty and Barney Hill with drawing of space ship (b&w)
Envelope 8 Betty and Barney Hill with The Interrupted Journey (b&w)
Envelope 9 Betty Hill with Delsey the dog (b&w)
Envelope 10 Betty and Barney Hill on lawn (b&w)
Envelope 11 Barney Hill at work sorting mail (b&w)
Envelope 12 Betty and Barney Hill on show or panel (b&w)
Envelope 13 Betty Hill with picture of Barney (b&w)
Envelope 14 Betty Hill outside (b&w)
Envelope 15 Betty and Barney Hill in apartment (b&w)
Envelope 16 Betty Hill with interviewer (color)
Envelope 17 Betty Hill with Delsey the dog (b&w)
Envelope 18 Betty and Barney Hill on lawn (b&w)
Envelope 19 Betty with guest and The Interrupted Journey (b&w)
Envelope 20 Betty and Barney Hill with friends (b&w)
Envelope 21 Betty Hill in chair (b&w)
Envelope 22 Betty and Barney Hill with drawing of UFO (b&w)
Envelope 23 Picture of papier-mache alien head (b&w)
Envelope 24 Coins with larger object (color)
Envelope 25 Lights on railroad tracks (color)
Envelopes 26-105 Unidentified lights, likely sent to Betty Hill by UFO seekers (all color)
Box 8
4 x 5.5″
Envelope 1 Picture of painting of aliens seen by Betty and Barney (color)
Envelopes 2-6 Matted-down turf, East Kingston (color)
Envelope 7 Railroad tracks, unidentified light (color)
Envelopes 8-17 Star chart model (b&w)
Envelope 18 Alleged alien face (b&w)
Envelope 19 Lights on horizon (color)
Envelope 20 People with binoculars, on boat, in water (color)
Envelopes 21-22 Object in water (color)
Envelope 23 Object in water, light above water (color)
Envelope 24 Object on railroad tracks, object in sky (color)
Envelopes 25-26 Broken tree branches (color)
Envelopes 27-30 Lights near railroad tracks (color)
Envelopes 31-33 Electrical box (color)
Envelopes 34-38 Light on horizon (color)
Envelope 39 Picture of papier-mache alien head (b&w)
Envelope 40 Unidentified disk-shaped objects (color)
Envelopes 42-54 Unidentified lights in sky, likely sent to Betty Hill by UFO seekers (color)
Envelope 55 Bill Hermann and friends (b&w)
Envelope 56 Friends of Betty Hill (b&w)
5 x 7½”
Envelope 57 Betty Hill and horse (in dress she was later “abducted” in) (b&w)
Envelope 58 Betty and Barney Hill with another couple (b&w)
Envelope 59 Betty and Barney Hill with others in diner (b&w)
6 x 9″
Envelope 60 Model of star system, includes star information (color)
Envelopes 61-68 Star system model (color)
Envelope 69 Star system model (b&w)
Envelope 70 Star system model (b&w)
Envelope 71 Photo of papier-mache alien head (b&w)
Envelopes 72-77 Unidentified lights, likely sent to Betty Hill by UFO seekers (b&w)
Envelopes 78-90 Unidentified lights, likely sent to Betty Hill by UFO seekers (color)
Envelope 91 Betty Hill with alien head, dress, and cat (b&w)
Envelope 92 Betty and Barney Hill with Delsey the dog (b&w)
Envelope 93 Barney Hill in mailman uniform (b&w)
Envelope 94 Photo of papier-mache alien head (b&w)
7 x 10″
Envelope 95 Barney Hill in mailman uniform (b&w)
Envelope 96 Betty and Barney Hill (color)
Envelope 97 Betty with papier-mache alien head (b&w)

Subseries : B. Slides (not yet processed)

Subseries : C. Films

Twenty-six reels of super8mm film with minimal content (information in brackets comes from the labels Betty Hill put on the containers. All times are approximate).

Box 9
Item 1 Backyard party, 3 minutes [9-77 Kathy]
Item 2 In the mountains with plane, 25 seconds [May 1978, B. Pratt, artifacts, low lights, white]
Item 3 Boy whittling, 25 seconds [Spring 1977]
Item 4 Rooftop of a house, 15 seconds [9-19-79, uneventful]
Item 5 Harbor, 2 minutes; points of light, 1 minute
Item 6 Backyard garden, 5 seconds [August 1979]
Item 7 Flowers, 2 seconds [4/14/78]
Item 8 Driving down city street in daylight, 1 minute
Item 9 Man walking along train tracks, 10 seconds; points of light, 10 seconds [3-20-80]
Item 10 Painting in a room, 1 second; points of light, 20 seconds [2-13-78]
Item 11 Field, 3 seconds; TV set, 5 seconds; street in a town, 30 seconds [9/6/78]
Item 12 Various family gatherings, 3 minutes [Family 1967-1968]
Item 13 Car headlights at night, 10 seconds [11/15/1978]
Item 14 Forest and trees, 10 seconds [summer 1977, MA]
Item 15 Man, 1 second; points of light, 3 seconds [1-78]
Item 16 Red flower in window sill, 10 seconds [10-78]
Item 17 Car headlights at night, 10 seconds [12-20-78]
Item 18 Intermittent footage of people in backyard, 1 minutes 30 seconds
Item 19 Night sky, 3 minutes
Item 20 Plants in window sill, 3 seconds [12-12-77]
Item 21 Plants in window sill, 2 seconds [12-4-78]
Item 22 Car headlights at night, 14 seconds [July 1979]
Item 23 People camping and children swimming, 3 minutes 30 seconds
Item 24 People [the Hills?] standing by a house in neighborhood, 1 minute 15 seconds [9-77]
Item 25 Mountains from plane window, 1 minute 20 seconds [June 1978]
Item 26 Lamp and table in a room, 30 seconds [Strange interior - UFOs]

Subseries : D. Audio audiocassettes (partially processed; these are only a rough description of the contents)

Box 10
Box 10, Tape 1 Interview by Louis Lomax with Betty and Barney Hill, “The Louis Lomax Show,” Nov. 17, 1966
Box 10, Tape 2 Interview by Paul Douglas with Betty Hill, Nov. 1978
Box 10, Tape 3 Interview with Betty Hill, “Potpourri,” Sept. 19, 1979
Box 10, Tape 4 UFO injuries, Richard Niemtzow, M.D., MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) Symposium, 1980
Box 10, Tape 5 Betty Hill on Channel 9, WMUR-TV, Manchester NH, Sept. 1986
Box 10, Tape 6 “Budd Hopkins” (Wikipedia entry), March 11, 1989
Box 10, Tape 7 Betty Hill, “Common Sense Approach to UFOs,” Nov. 3, 1998
Box 10, Tape 8 Betty Hill and John White UFO Conference, “My Ongoing Encounters With UFOs,” undated
Box 10, Tape 9 Interview with Betty Hill, undated
Box 10, Tape 10 UFO [words unintelligible], undated

Series X: Objects and Oversized Material

Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Item 1 Article: “Aboard A Flying Saucer” by John G. Fuller, Look, Oct 4, 1966, pp.44-56
Oversize Box 1, Item 2 Article: “Flying Saucer, Part II” by John G. Fuller, Look, Oct 18, 1966, pp.111-56
Oversize Box 1, Item 3 Article: “Flying Saucer Fiasco” by John G. Fuller, Look, May 14, 1968, pp.58-63
Oversize Box 1, Item 4 Article: “The Zeta Reticula Incident” by Terence Dickinson, Astronomy, Dec 1974, pp.4-18
Oversize Box 1, Item 5 Offprint of “The Zeta Reticula Incident” by Terence Dickinson with Related Commentary by Jeffrey L. Kretsch, Carl Sagan, Steven Soter, Robert Schaeffer, Marjorie Fish, David Saunders, and Micheal Peck, 1976
Oversize Box 1, Item 6 Article: “Recalling A Close Encounter” by Christopher Comfort, Portsmouth Herald, Sept. 15, 1991, pp. 1 and 10
Oversize Box 1, Item 7 Article: “Alien-ated” by Scott E. Kinney, Portsmouth Atlantic News, Sept. 28, 2007, pp. 1 and 26A
Oversize Box 1, Item 8 Magazine: “Flying Saucers: Twenty Years of UFO’s [sic],” A Look special by the editors of United Press International and Cowles Communications, Inc., 1967
Oversize Box 1, Item 9 Periodicals: UFO Review, Vol. 1 No. 1 (1978) and issue #9 (1980), and “They’re Back!” by Rick Waldman, New Hampshire Seacoast Sunday, April 22, 1990
Oversize Box 1, Item 10 Art works by David G. Baker, 1967: Three 18×17″ mounted color paintings and two 11×17″ black and white mounted drawings “drawn from verbal description by Barney and Betty Hill, Oct 1, 1967″
Alien (18×17″ color) (See this item)
Landscape (18×17 color) (See this item)
One other (18×17″ color)
One of the 11×17″ black and white drawings (See this item)
Oversize Box 2
Oversize Box 2, Item 1 Betty Hill’s dress (See this item)
Oversize Box 3
Oversize Box 3, Item 1 Alien bust (See this item)

15 Responses to “Guide to the Betty and Barney Hill Papers, 1961-2006”

  1. » Celebrate the original ‘alien abduction’ couple with a UNH collection :: Granite Geek :: Says:

    [...] which on Friday will open the Betty and Barney Hill Collection at the university museum (with a great Web site here) featuring scads of documents about their surprising adventure: (They) saw bipedal humanoid [...]

  2. Top Secret Writers : What is an Alien Abduction? It’s a Ufology Circus Says:

    [...] old-timers come out and start promoting. With that in mind, I will be heading over to UNH to start reviewing the collection closely over the next few months, and I will share details and facts that I discover with my [...]

  3. Barbara Dingman Says:

    My name is Barbara Dingman, but it was Haley in 1965 when I rented the 3rd floor attic space from Barney and Betty Hill. They told me stories about the abduction, but I never read about this couple until today. My son prompted this by asking me where we lived in NH and I couldn’t remember the street. Salem sounds familiar, but I just can’t be sure. The house he took photos of looks similar. Can you please tell me the street name that the Hills lived on in 1965. I know this is a strange request, but his inquiry has brought back a ton of really neat memories and I would like to update my photo album with the address of the house we lived in that had a fake wall to keep the indians from finding the family in case of a raid. The Hills were very nice people and we enjoyed renting from them. Thanks so much for any information you can provide me. I have enjoyed reading on this interesting couple and it was a pleasure to meet them. Thanks, Barbara

  4. Jennifer Says:

    You can see pictures of the star map that she drew on this page

    It’s pretty crazy some of the stuff she new and said.

  5. Roland Goodbody Says:

    Hello Barbara.

    As far as I can ascertain, the Hills were living at 953 State Street in Portsmouth NH in 1965 and continued to live there until both of their deaths, his in 1969 and hers in 2004.

    Roland Goodbody Manuscripts Curator

  6. » Oh no: I missed World UFO Day! :: Granite Geek :: Says:

    [...] That’s too bad, because New Hampshire has an obvious way to celebrate: Hold a conference at the UNH collection of the papers of famous alien abductees Betty and Barney Hill. Much of the collection is online here. [...]

  7. mary ellen stupakewicz Says:

    i have looked all over N.C. for the movie about betty & barney hill could you tell me where i could find it ty

  8. Roland Goodbody Says:

    Hello Ty.

    You can watch the video either on YouTube:


    And you can possibly purchase a copy from this website, for $12.95 plus postage: .

    We have a copy here, but can´t make copies because of copyright restrictions. The above website is, in fact, transgressing copyright law by selling a copy.

    Roland Goodbody Manuscripts Curator

  9. Hannah Says:

    Does anyone know of a website where Mrs. Hill’s ‘ufo photos’ might be viewed?

  10. Καθώς Says:

    MUFON provides an alternative sketch “The Zeta Reticuli Incident”to compare with book, “The Interrupted Journey.” using Mufons computer generated model. It is interesting & helps explaination of this incident

  11. » UFO festival this weekend, as 50th anniversary of the Hills’ abduction nears :: Granite Geek :: Says:

    [...] home through the White Mountains. This even launched the whole UFO abduction craze, which is why UNH has the Hills’ papers and the state put up a historical marker at the [...]

  12. Jim Cooke Says:

    I graduated from UNH in 1964 – I started in 1954. Later, when teaching at Emerson College I would tell students: “The closest I ever came to tenure was as an undergraduate at UNH.” I’m familiar with the story of Betty and Fred Hill, in fact – I overheard part of it one Sunday afternoon at the Rockingham Hotel in Portsmouth, NH. I was attending UNH and working at the Rockingham. The Noon meal was over but I was scheduled to work that evening. We lived out on Kittery Point; it hardly seemed worth driving home to turn around and come back. I’d been reading about the NAACP and noticed they were having a meeting at the hotel that afternoon. So – I went and sat in the front row. I was probably relieved to see I was not the only white person. There may have been few Negroes. The meeting had not yet started. Behind me a couple of white women were talking. One was telling a story about a dream and a visit to a psychiatrist. UFOs were mentioned . . . Then, the meeting started; it seemed like any organizational meeting. I remember a man – an African American. He was standing up toward the back of the room and spoke of his experience coming up from the South. He said the strangest thing for him was seeing white men on the trucks picking up garbage. He’d never seen that before. Some time later, I put it together: They were a couple – Betty and Fred Hill.

  13. Jim Cooke Says:

    OK – “Barney”

  14. The 6 Most Famous Alien Abductions « Illuminutti Says:

    [...] but the most famous and first well-documented case goes to this couple of Portsmouth, NH. They claimed in September of 1961 that as they were driving home from Montreal, Canada, a bright light jutted out of the nighttime sky on a dark road. As the light approached them, they [...]

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