The HAEU preserves and makes accessible in a central location the archival holdings of the EU Institutions.
The HAEU also collects private papers of key European politicians and officials as well as the archives of pro-European movements and of organisations with a European scope.
The fonds of the Archives, including collections of National Archives and Ministries of Foreign Affairs Archives, are assembled into four separate groups: EU institutions, Individuals, Corporate Bodies, and Collections.
Fonds from the European Communities institutions
The HAEU provides a central access point for research on primary sources of EU institutions.
More than 3,000 linear meters of archives from the various EU institutions are preserved at the HAEU.
Files are sent by the EU Institutions to Florence in annual shipments.
The European Parliament
The Council of Ministers
The European Commission
The Court of Auditors
The Economic and Social Committee
The Court of Justice
- (Documents not yet transferred)
The European Investment Bank
The Agencies of the European Union
Deposits - Individuals
The HAEU has the mandate to collect, preserve and make available to research the private archives of European politicians, high-ranking EU officials and individuals involved in European integration.
This group of archival materials consists of fonds acquired as part of the Historical Archives' acquisition strategy to complement and enhance the official holdings of the Archives.
These fonds are deposited in Florence on specific conditions agreed by the depositor and the Historical Archives regarding the arrangement, description, conservation, access and reproduction of the documents. Particular rules may apply to their perusal.
Deposits - Corporate Bodies
The mission of the HAEU also includes the acquisition and preservation of archives from Non-EU Organisations, Pro-European Movements and Associations, and Political Groups of the European Parliament.
These archives are deposited at the HAEU on specific conditions agreed by the depositing organisation and the Historical Archives regarding the arrangement, description, conservation, access and reproduction of the documents. Particular rules may apply to their perusal.
Collection materials supplements existing holdings of the Historical Archives. In most cases these collections are usually copies of archival documents conserved elsewhere and given to the HAEU under a specific agreement.
The collections concern the following two groups: Extracts from private collections and foundations, and extracts from National Archives and Diplomatic Archives of Ministries of Foreign Affairs. Particular rules may apply to their perusal.