European Preparatory Commission on Space Research

Documents from [1959] to [1964]
Fonds Creator
Access Conditions


Reference Archivist

Gherardo, Bonini


Virtually 85% of the Fonds is composed of the official series of "Blue Papers" , emanating from the decision making and operative groups (minutes, working papers from permanent and temporary bodies). Apart from official directives, a short series GEERS (European space research study group) refers to the preliminaries of the COPERS. Relevant papers on the ESRO Convention are also included in this Fonds, the most important being the minutes of the 1962 "so called" ESRO Conference.

Extent and Medium

3 linear metres1245 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


"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.

Related Unit of Description

See JM, PA fonds

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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