The Historical Archives preserves and makes accessible in a central location the archival holdings of the European Union Institutions. In addition, the HAEU collects private papers of key European politicians, high-ranking EU officials and individuals involved in the process of European integration as well as the archives of pro-European movements and other organisations with a European scope. These fonds have been deposited in Florence on specific conditions agreed by the depositor and the Historical Archives and particular rules may apply to their perusal.

Collection materials – mostly copies of archival documents from private collections, foundations and National Archives and Diplomatic Archives of Ministries of Foreign Affairs – also supplement existing holdings.

The fonds of the Archives are assembled into four separate groups: EU institutions, Individuals, Corporate Bodies, and Collections.

Research guides on some of the more frequently consulted topics in our database, as well as a video tutorial on how to conduct simple and advanced searches, are available here.

Deposits - European Union institutions

The Council of Ministers

The European Commission

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