COPERS European Preparatory Commission for Space Research

Documents from [1959] to [1964]

Identity Statement

Reference Code
Extent and Medium

3 linear metres1245 files

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


85% of the fonds is composed of the official series of "Blue Papers", emanating from the decision-making and operative groups. These include minutes of meetings and working papers from permanent and temporary bodies. Apart from these official directives, a small part also includes papers from GEERS (European Space Research Study Group), which refer to the preliminary preparations for the setting up of COPERS (European Preparatory Commission for Space Research (COPERS). Relevant papers on the ESRO Convention are also included in this collection, the most important being the minutes of the 'so called' ESRO Conference.


"All files of COPERS were included in the earlier shipment.

System of Arrangement

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

Conditions of Access and Use

Access Conditions



English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish

Allied Materials


Legal Status Notes

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

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