Audio-Visual Collection

Documents from [1960] to [2013]

Identity Statement

HAEU Reference Code
Extent and Medium

6683 positives on paper, 1740 negatives on plastic, 466 slides, 7 VHS videos tapes, 6 16 mm film reels and 7 cartoons.

Physical Medium


Reference Archivists

Carr, Mary

Content and Structure


Its audio-visual collection consists of over 8,909 items including positives, negatives, video tapes, films and cartoons. They were received by the HAEU separately from the paper fonds, which were deposited at the HAEU in two separate transfers in 2014 and 2016.

This audio-visual collection offers researchers a greater insight into the history of EFTA. It contains a comprehensive record of the governance of EFTA including images of meetings; portraits of EFTA leaders and staff members; historic photographs of EFTA headquarters; signing of agreements; conferences, exhibitions and visits. Additionally, researchers can access corporate videos from the 1980s, TV debates, interviews and documentaries on EFTA’s accession to the European Economic Area.

System of Arrangement

The original system of classification was respected, but it was supplemented with the creation of new series to facilitate greater access and retrieval for the user. The dossiers are organised chronologically and its photographs are linked to paper documents where possible, to maintain the wider context. To meet long-term preservation standards, the photos have been digitised and are stored in acid-free and lignin-free plastic enclosures.

Conditions of Access and Use

Access Conditions

The documents are open to the public.

Reproduction Conditions

The HAEU do not own rights to the photographs. Copyright or other restrictions applied to the material should be assessed by the user. Any violations of copyright resulting from the use of copies of documents held at Historical Archives are solely the user’s responsibility. More about copyright

Type of Archival Materials

Photograph, Video

Allied Materials


Notes and Remarks

Some years and language versions are not present.

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