The EMBL Archive holds a number documents and items that bear witness to EMBL’s scientific achievements and institutional history. These will be made accessible through the EMBL Archive catalogue in 2018. This page presents a preview of what is currently being processed.

Fotis Kafatos was EMBL’s third Director General and the founding president of the European Research Council. The EMBL Archive holds material pertaining to his scientific and administrative career.  

Frieda Glockner was EMBL’s second employee, having been hired even before the ratification of the “Agreement establishing the European Molecular Biology Laboratory” to help set up and run EMBL. As she did so, she documented through photographs the development of the institution. In 2014, she kindly donated many of these photographs to the EMBL Archive.

The development of instrumentation is one of EMBL’s original core missions. The EMBL Archive holds blueprints, photographs and instruments that record the development of instruments at EMBL since the 1970s.

EMBL’s history is documented through its internal and official publications such as annual reports, newsletters and press releases. Together, these trace not only the institute’s history and cultural life, but also that of the development of molecular biology over more than 40 years.

Eric Karsenti’s work at EMBL on self-organisation events, or how molecules or cells organise themselves into functional wholes, led him to taking many photographs of cells. Many of these are now in the EMBL Archive, along with complementary material such as slides and papers.

Ernst Stelzer developed microscopes that capture multiple two-dimensional images of live biological samples and recombine these ‘slices’ into three-dimensional forms. The EMBL Archive holds documents pertaining to the development and use of these instruments, as well as some original parts.

Archival holdings gallery