European Space Research Organisation

Documents from [1964] to [1975]
Fonds Creator
Fonds Inventory
Access Conditions

Open, except the contract series closed for 40 years since the creation of the file.

Reference Archivist

Gherardo, Bonini


These documents, essentially minutes and correspondence files emanating from the various ESRO bodies and departments, supply special support to the history of ESTEC. The richness of the legal documentation gives a vivid impression of discussions on the various contracts and agreements. The minutes of the Council and the Scientific and Technical Committee gives information on the core of the decisional processes and of the main political steps of the organisation.

Extent and Medium

36 linear metres, 9463 files


English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish

Custodial History

The ESA Headquarters in Paris stored the files arranged by topics and according a related filing system.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

ESA Headquarters and ESTEC

System of Arrangement

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

Associated Material

Annual reports.

Related Unit of Description

See ESC and ELDO fonds.

Notes and Remarks

Microfiches of making-decisional bodies are available.

Legal Status Notes

The fonds was deposited in the Historical Archives under the terms of a "contrat de dépôt" signed on 12 May 1989.

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