The Pauli Manuscript Collection

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Identity statement [Top]

Reference code(s)



The Pauli Manuscript Collection


1900 to 1958

Level of description


Extent of the unit of description

776 items, 1 metre, 10 boxes

Context [Top]

Name of creator

Wolfgang Pauli (1900 - 1958)

Biographical history

For Pauli's biographical history see the Pauli Archive: fonds level description.

Archival history

For archival history see the Pauli Archive: fonds level description.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Pauli's widow, Mrs. Franca Pauli, donated most of the collection.

Content and structure [Top]

Scope and content

The Pauli Manuscript Collection contains drafts of some of Pauli's works, as well as notes, preparation of lectures and calculations on various subjects, reflecting the scientific activities of Wolfgang Pauli. This collection gives an overview of how Wolfgang Pauli was working.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Nothing was destroyed.


A few further items may be collected.

System of arrangement

The arrangement was made by Pauli himself. Documents are arranged by subject.

Boxes Category Ref. of the manuscript
CERN-ARCH-PMC-01- Quantenfeldtheorie - Spinortheorie pp. 1/1 - 1/608
CERN-ARCH-PMC-02- Schwache Wechselwirkung - Pais-Theorie pp. 2/1 - 2/642
CERN-ARCH-PMC-03- Thermodynamik pp. 3/1 - 3/376
CERN-ARCH-PMC-04- "Geistertheorie" pp. 4/1 - 4/494
CERN-ARCH-PMC-05- Nicht-Lokale Feldtheory - CPT pp. 5/1 - 5/733
CERN-ARCH-PMC-06- Physik - Biologie - Psychologie pp. 6/1 - 6/372
CERN-ARCH-PMC-07- Lorentzgruppe pp. 7/1 - 7/298
CERN-ARCH-PMC-08- Vorlesungen pp. 8/1 - 8/375
CERN-ARCH-PMC-09- RelativitätskongreB 1955 pp. 9/1 - 9/639
CERN-ARCH-PMC-10- Periodischhes System - Keplerstudie pp. 10/1 - 10/186


Conditions of access and use [Top]

Conditions governing access

See file level description and the CERN operational circular No 3: rules applicable to archival material and archiving at CERN.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.

Language / scripts of material

Most of the material is written in German and English.

Finding aids

Listed to file level in the CERN Archives database.

Allied materials [Top]

Related units of description

Listed to item level in Cassidy's Catalogue (also available at the CERN Archives) and in the CERN Archives database.

Description control [Top]

Archivist's note

Description prepared by Marc Reymond. Revised in 2023 by Sandrine Reyes

Date(s) of description: Geneva, May to August 2002.

Last modified
18 March, 2024