NDG Collection of Nicola Di Gioia

Documents from [1957] to [2003]

Identity Statement

Reference Code
Extent and Medium

1045 posters on paper, 116 35mm slides and 9 positives on paper

Reference Archivists

Juan, Alonso Fernandez


Administrative and Biographical History

The audio-visual material was collected by Nicola Di Gioia, who served as a European Commissioner officer at the DG for Education and Culture of the European Commission in Rome, Italy from 1962 to 2003.

Content and Structure


This collection consists of 1045 posters, 116 slides and 9 positives on paper produced from 1957 to 2003 by EU institutions. The collection also includes some posters not created by EU institutions but related to European Union referendums or the EU founding values such as equality, freedom and democracy. The posters were designed to promote events, projects and awareness campaigns on social issues, economy, education, culture, research, technology and environmental issues of the European Union. The photographs depict key symbols of the European Union such as the European flag, the Charlemagne building, the signature of the Treaty of Rome, the Treaty of Paris, the Schuman Declaration or the Single European Act. Some of the slides are part of informative sequences on values, functioning, activities and achievements of the European Economic Community between 1981 and 2003.

System of Arrangement

The classification plan of the audio-visual material was created without regards to the original order but within an artificial thematic one. Since quite a number of producers are unknown or inaccurate as, for example, European Communities or European Union, it was not possible to do a classification based on the context of creation but on subjects. Concretely the collection has been arranged into eight series reflecting the main themes to which they relate, namely Communication and Information Policy; Cultural and Identity Policy; Economic Policy; Education, Training, Youth and Sport; Enlargement, Cooperation and External relations; Environmental Issues; Fundamental and Social Rights; and Research and Technology.
Many posters have versions in different languages ​​and, in some cases, in several sizes. In this way and with the intention of reconstructing the production context in the best possible way, it was decided to consider the dossier as the production event of the document and, therefore, all the posters that refer to the same event are grouped in the same dossier. Each item has received a unique reference code that was formed based on the dossier code. Thus, the codes of the posters that belong to the same dossier (or production event) have the same root but modify the item number that is consecutive and consists of two digits. For example, the dossier NDG-1 collects the posters of the series "Europe our future" produced by the European Commission and consists of 6 items in different languages: NDG-01.01 (French), NDG-01.02 (Italian), NDG- 01.03 (Dutch), NDG-01.04 (German), NDG-01.05 (English), NDG-01.06 (Spanish). The dossier title is the main text which appears in the poster. If there are different language versions and there is a version in English, the dossier title is the English one but if there is not an English version, the dossier title is in the original language e.g. the title of the dossier NDG-01 is "Europe our future" even though there are 5 other languages in this dossier. On the other hand, the title of the item is always in the original language so that the title of item NDG-01.01 is "Notre avenir: l'Europa".
The description has been also made at item level. The fields that have been described are: creator (when it was known), contributor (understood as the institution responsible for the production of the document), title (main text that appears in the document), description (complementary information that helps to understand the context of production but not including a description of elements of denotative or connotative content due to the enormous heterogeneity of motives), place (country and city to which the document refers), production date (an approximation of dates has been made when dates were unknown), type of document (positive or negative), document support (most are on paper but there is also support in plastic), measures and language. Keywords have also been added to describe the content but they are not visible in the database.

Conditions of Access and Use

Access Conditions

The documents can be consulted freely. The items have been digitised and digital copies are available in the database.

Reproduction Conditions

Digital copies were created but only to facilitate consultation online, while no reproduction is allowed on this basis.


Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish



Allied Materials


Legal Status Notes

The collection was generously deposited in the HAEU by Fabio Di Gioa.

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