Historical Archives of the European Union

The HAEU preserves and makes accessible for research the archives deposited by EU institutions according to the thirty-year rule governing access to archival material. It also collects and preserves private papers of individuals, movements and international organisations involved in European integration. Finally, it facilitates research on the history of the European Union, promotes public interest in European integration and enhances transparency in the functioning of EU Institutions.

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Archival files


Audio-visual items


Oral history interviews


Explore our Holdings

The holdings of the Historical Archives of the European Union are organised in four different groups: EU institutions, bodies and agencies; Individuals; Corporate Bodies; Collections.

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Research Support

Users receive support to conduct their research at the Archives through a range of grant programmes and benefit from a large collection of research guides and specialised library resources.

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Services for users

Specialised staff deliver services to users who wish to consult the archives in a dedicated reading room at Villa Salviati or remotely upon request.

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Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre

The Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre on the History of European Integration supports young researchers, coordinates networks of historians, facilitates the use of primary sources and increases public interest in European integration history.

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The Archives & The State of the Union 2021

Eighty years after the drafting of the manifesto “Towards a Free and United Europe”, Europe is at peace, but the EU faces other crises, not least the pandemic and the future itself of the European project. Academics and high-profile former European officials, who worked closely with Altiero Spinelli, will discuss the impact of the ideas of the Ventotene Manifesto in the process of European integration, and their relevance for today’s Europe and for the challenges ahead.

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Banking Union, European law and supranational integration

In this interview, Pedro Teixeira, Director General at ECB Banking Supervision and EUI alumnus, tells us about his recent book on the legal history of the European banking union and discusses the implications of the book’s findings for the future of European integration.

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The Historical Archives presents an online exhibition for Earth Day

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Women of Europe: In memory of Fausta Deshormes La Valle

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A closer look at the artifacts in Antonio Cassese's private archives

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Oral History Programmes

The Historical Archives of the European Union is the repository for various oral history programmes, launched to preserve the voices of European politicians and officials.

Educational Projects

Educational Projects

The Education Project of the HAEU engages specialised and general publics with the archival documents of the EU deposited in Florence. The education programme aims at enhancing the knowledge of the history of European integration and at promoting the understanding of European citizenship.

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Friends of the Historical Archives of the European Union

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Quick Links

Historical Archives of the European Union

Car access from Via Salviati 3 only, bus n°25 (Pratolino) and get off at “Il Cionfo 01” | Tel. Front Desk: +39 055 4685 649. | Reading room opening hours: Monday – Friday, 8.30 am – 5.00 pm

Villa Salviati

Via Bolognese 156 - 50139 Firenze

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