Archives of Christopher Hubert Llewellyn Smith, Director-General of CERN from 1994 to 1998

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Archives of Christopher Hubert Llewellyn Smith, Director-General of CERN from 1994 to 1998


1987 - 1998

Level of description


Extent of the unit of description

31 linear metres, 279 boxes, 729 items

Context [Top]

Name of creator

Christopher Hubert Llewellyn Smith

Biographical history

After education at Oxford and a brief period as an exchange Fellow in Moscow, he was a CERN Fellow from 1968 to 1970.

After two years at SLAC, he returned to CERN during 1972-1974 as a staff member in the Theoretical Studies (TH) Division and became a member of the Experimental Committee for Super Proton-Synchrotron (SPSC) from 1973 to 1976.

During the 1980s he was an Expert Advisor to two committees related to CERN: - The Kendrew Committee (1984-1985) on UK Policy for Particle Physics and Membership of CERN, - The CERN Review (Abragam) Committee (1986-1987) on the future of CERN.

From 1986 to 1993 he was a member of the CERN Scientific Policy Committee (SPC), serving as Chairman from 1990-1992.

In January 1994 he returned from Oxford, where he had spent the years 1974-1993, and succeeded Carlo Rubbia as Director-General of CERN.

During his mandate, the LHC accelerator was approved (December 1994) and Japan and the United States became Observer States.

He was suceeded by Luciano Maiani as CERN Director-General in January 1999

See also: Internal Organization of CERN from 1994 to 1998

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Florence Rabier, Directorate Services Units (DSU), January 2004

Content & Structure [Top]

Scope and content

These documents represent the filing system of Christopher Llewellyn Smith during his period as Director-General of CERN. They cover all aspects of CERN's activities, and include:

  • relations with the Delegations
  • relations with Administrative Sector, Accelerator and Technology Sector, and Computing and Research Sector
  • minutes of Directorate, Management Board meetings, etc...
  • minutes of scientific committees and other committees meetings
  • conferences
  • correspondence
  • documents concerning official visits
  • personnel matters concerning appeals, early retirements, policy, recruitment...
  • DG working files

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Approximately 2 linear metres of material comprising copies of Council and other Committee documents (CC, FC, SPC,) were destroyed.


No further accrual is expected

System of arrangement

The original order has been preserved. Plan of classification (following the original order of the files)

CERN-ARCH-DG-CLS-01- External relations

  • Host States
  • Member States
  • Non-Member States
  • International Bodies
  • External Services
  • Conferences and Visits

CERN-ARCH-DG-CLS-02 - Internal relations - Administration

  • General, Financial Policy, Budget and Programmes
  • LHC Policy and Funding
  • By Division:
    • Health and Safety (HS),
    • Soutien Technique (ST),
    • Site and Building (SB),
    • Directorate Services Units,
    • Administrative Support (AS),
    • Finance (FI),
    • Supplies, Procurements and Logisitics (SPL),
    • Personnel (PE),
    • Technical Inspection and Safety Commission (TIS)
  • With Directors of Research, Future Accelerators, Accelerators, Administration and Technical Support
  • Personnel
  • Staff Association
  • Directorate meetings
  • Management Board meetings


  • Advisory Committee of CERN Users (ACCU)
  • General
  • Fellowship and Associates
  • Conferences and CERN Schools

CERN-ARCH-DG-CLS-04- Research

  • Research Board
  • Detector Research and Development Committee (DRDC)
  • Isolde Committee (ISC)
  • Large Electron Positron Committee (LEPC)
  • Super Proton Synchrotron and LEAR Committee (SPSLC) & Super Proton Synchrotron Committee (SPSC)
  • Large Hadron Collider Committee (LHCC)
  • General
  • LHC other Committees
  • By division:
    • Information Technology (IT),
    • Computing Network (CN),
    • Experimental Physics (EP),
    • Theory (TH),
    • Electronics and Computing for Physics (ECP),
    • Large Hadron Collider (LHC),
    • Accelerator Technologies,
    • Engineering Support and Technologies (EST),
    • Proton Synchrotron (PS),
    • SPS+LEP (SL)
    • Mechanical Technologies (MT)
  • LHC Resources Review Board (RRB) Meeting of the ATLAS, CMS, ALICE and LHCb Collaborations
  • International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA) and European Committee for Future Accelerators (ECFA)
  • Research: LHC ATLAS, CMS, ALICE. Research: ISOLDE, LEAR and other collaborations - Future experiments

CERN-ARCH-DG-CLS-05- Correspondance

  • Outgoing mail
  • Incoming mail

CERN-ARCH-DG-CLS-06- Christopher Llewellyn Smith Working files

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. In general, records on any subject that are over 30 years old, and all records of a purely scientific nature, may be consulted.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.

Language / scripts of material

Most of the material is written in English.

Finding aids

Listed to file level in the CERN Archives Database.

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Archivist's note

Description prepared by Sandrine Reyes.

Date(s) of description

Geneva, the March 2007. Revised January 2012