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Historical Archives of the European Union, European University Institute

Dieter Schlenker is the Director of the Historical Archives of the European Union at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Prior to taking this post in 2013, he worked for UNESCO, first as an archivist at the Paris Headquarters, then as Head of the Information and Knowledge Management Unit in Bangkok, Thailand. Previously, he worked as Records Manager at Ford Company European Headquarters in Cologne and at FAO Headquarters in Rome. He holds an Archivist Diploma from the Archival School of the Vatican Secret Archives, a PhD. in Modern History from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and a Journalist Diploma from the Free Journalist School of Berlin, Germany.

As a member of the European University Institute, a unique European academic hub, the Historical Archives of the European Union is preserving and making accessible for research the historical archives of EU Institutions. It also manages more than 160 private archival deposits of individual actors and Non-EU organisations and facilitates research on the history of European integration through its Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre.
Managing important scientific European archives (such as those of the European Space Agency, the EURATOM treaty, and the European Science Foundation), the Historical Archives of the European Union acts as a facilitator of research on the history of scientific cooperation in Europe.

As co-director of the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre, Schlenker is also involved in European research projects on the history of EU Institutions and political groups in the European Parliament. He is actively involved in oral history projects on European integration. The Historical Archives of the EU manages a unique collection of more than 600 oral history interview recordings. It has gathered unique experience and insight in oral history project management and use of these resources for research on a European level.