ESRO European Space Research Organisation

Documents from [1964] to [1975]

Identity Statement

Reference Code
Extent and Medium

36 linear metres, 9463 files

Fonds Inventory
Reference Archivists

Gherardo, Bonini


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

Content and Structure


The fonds of the European organisation established for space science is composed essentially of minutes and correspondence files emanating from the various ESRO bodies and departments. The minutes of the Council and the Scientific and Technical Committee give information on the core of the decision process and of the main political steps of the organisation. The files supply special support to the history of ESTEC, the biggest establishment of the organisation. The richness of the legal documentation gives a vivid impression of discussions on the various contracts and agreements.

System of Arrangement

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

Conditions of Access and Use

Access Conditions

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


English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish

Allied Materials

Associated Material

Annual reports.


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.

Relations Area

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Abstract: Les documents illustrent les travaux du groupe Bannier, depuis sa constitution jusqu'à la remise de son rapport (comptes rendus de réunions internes et avec le personnel de l'ESRO, notes et versions préparatoires du rapport, collection de documents de l'ESRO et échange de lettres entre les membres du groupe et le personnel de l'ESRO). Ruth Ingeborg Meyer, 1998.
Fonds: WOL
Description Level: Fonds
Dates: 1966 to 1967
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