Online resources

Access to CERN’s historical documents

Some items from the CERN Archive have been digitized and are available online. We are progressively adding new links and documents to the Archive database. You can also browse or search the collections in the CERN Document Server, or use the links given below.

But don’t forget – the CERN Archive contains around one linear kilometre of records. Most in-depth historical research still requires the consultation of paper documents! See CERN Archive for more information about our holdings and about how to request access to the Archive. We are also happy to help if you have specific questions concerning the history of CERN – we will do our best to find the answer for you or send you a PDF of the relevant document. 

For general information about the history of CERN, see About CERN and History of CERN.

CERN Council and its Committees

More information about CERN’s governing body can be found here. The records are available here; you can search for keywords in the cataloguing information, and you can also search the full texts by prefixing your search term with “fulltext:” (e.g. fulltext:netherlands)

Access to this material is restricted; in general all documents over 30 years old and all non-confidential Council documents over 5 years old are freely available, plus some more recent records that were opened following changes to the access rules in 2009.

CERN Departmental and Group reports

Many departmental reports have been digitized. You can search for them directly in CDS or consult our historical chart, which gives information on the changes to CERN’s internal organization since 1954 and, where possible, provides links to lists of reports and to the full texts. You can navigate by year or by department name. An example is given here.

The CERN Convention

Convention for the establishment of a European organization for nuclear research : Paris, 1st July, 1953: as amended in 1971.

CERN press releases

From 1954 onwards.

CERN Annual Personnel Statistics

From 1970 onwards.

CERN Annual reports

Published every year since 1955, the annual reports also include the annual lists of CERN publications.

CERN accounts

You can find various monthly and annual accounting records among the documents of the CERN Finance Committee.

CERN Courier

An international journal of high-energy physics. Latest issuepast issues

CERN Bullletin

CERN’s staff magazine. Past issues from 1965 to 1999. Past issues since 2000.

CERN Yellow Reports

The CERN Yellow Report series was started in 1955 as a way of communicating work done at CERN where publication in a journal was not appropriate (e.g. proceedings of workshops, symposia, etc.)

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