Part of the Core skywatching group in the 1990s, C. Burns started gathering accounts of unusual activity upon his becoming familiar with the Pine Bush area, eventually accumulating a noteworthy record of reported anomalous phenomena. Comparing this to other areas with similar reported phenomena, as well as other types of experiences such as hauntings, he started the Archive effort to produce a body of information that would be useful to both the anomaly researcher and those interested in local folklore. C.Burnsworks in a technology-centric aspect of the creative industries.
The purpose of the Archive’s efforts is twofold: first, the archive hopes to record for posterity any and all accounts, stories and folklore of unusual experiences from the Orange/Ulster area of Upstate New York. When appropriate these accounts will be researched to gather any additional data that might benefit the understanding of the account, such as meteorological, geological and social data. Second, the body of accounts will be allocated to several groups, and statistical analysis will be applied to discern any possible patterns in regard to the physical and social aspects of the accounts.
The main vehicle to achieve the collection of accounts is a user-friendly but thorough report form, which can be downloaded through a link at the bottom of this webpage. As the Archive is designed to accommodate many theories on anomalous experiences, the questionnaire will contain a variety of questions not commonly associated with studies of anomalies. This form could be filled out in printed form and returned by ground mail, filled out electronically and returned by email, or completed verbally to a person representing the Archive. The completion of a report form may be followed up by brief additional questions designed to append the information already in the initial report. Please see the Archive’s assurance of anonymity for participants if desired, described in a separate section below.