European Space Agency

Documents from [1972] to [2011]

Identity Statement

HAEU Reference Code
Physical Medium


Fonds Inventory
Reference Archivists

Bonini, Gherardo; Casar, Andreja


Custodial History

The ESA Headquarters in Paris stored the files arranged by topics and according a related filing system.
The fonds was deposited at the HAEU under the terms of a deposit contract signed on 12 May 1989. To continue and deepen the fruitful archival cooperation, and to foster digital access to the historical archives of ESA, a Letter of Intent was signed on 2 May 2019 during an event at Villa Salviati within The State of the Union conference 2019. The Parties agreed to revise and amend the deposit contract of 1989 with a focus on digital access, data protection and information security. A revised and amended contract was sign by ESA and EUI in December 2020.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

ESA Headquarters and ESTEC

Content and Structure


The ESA fonds contains basically minutes and correspondence files emanating from the various ESA bodies and departments, as well as from an increasing number - over the years - of short-lived bodies established for occasional projects.

Appraisal Informations

Since 1995 onwards, an intermediate work of description and arrangement by series made by ESA Headquarters run before all transfers.


"Blue papers" are deposited annually by ESA Headquarters, instead other ESA series are deposited when they are considered as closed historical files from ESA Archives.

System of Arrangement

"Blue papers" are sequentially arranged, instead regarding other files the Historical Archives evaluates the files in homogeneous folders.

Conditions of Access and Use

Access Conditions

Open, except contract series closed for 40 years since the creation of the file, documents marked as confidential and restricted.

Reproduction Conditions

The HAEU may not own the rights on the photographs present in this fonds. Copyright or other restrictions applying to the material should be assessed by the user. Any copyright violations resulting from the use of documents held at the Historical Archives are solely the user’s responsibility. More about copyright


English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish

Type of Archival Materials

Photograph, Textual

Allied Materials

Location of Originals
Historical Archives of the European Union

Villa Il Poggiolo, third room: ESA-25903 - ESA-26107; ESA-26121 - ESA-26140; ESA-26156 - ESA-26188; ESA-26217 - ESA-26381

Villa Il Poggiolo, mobile shelf NE FC QM AA (close to the middle room): ESA-11007 - ESA-11011; ESA-26108 - ESA-26140; ESA-26189 - ESA-26216

Associated Material

ESA Bulletins and ESA Annual reports.

Fonds Publications
Publications held by the EUI Library and transfered as part of the fonds
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