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Archives of Rural History (ARH) - Audio-visual documents relating to rural society

The web portal provides an insight into the variety of audio-visual source material contained in the archival collections catalogued by the Archives of Rural History. The digitised film material is arranged either by topic – such as "labour", "milk" or "animals" - or by specific institutions that have produced a significant number of films.

Swiss National Museum - Timemachine

Timemachine is an online exhibition of the Swiss National Museum with historical photographs on "Switzerland in motion".
The photographs can be searched for themes, epochs and search terms.

The photographic collection covers the period from 1839 to the recent past and comprises almost 200'000 photographs. The goal is to document the social and cultural change in Switzerland since 1840 as well as the history of photography in Switzerland.

Swiss National Museum - Online collection

The online collection is a presentation platform of the collections of the Swiss National Museum.

Descriptions of the collection areas as well as images of numerous collection highlights and additional collection objects are available online.

Museum of Art Lucerne - Collection Online

The Art Museum of Lucerne makes its collection accessible via an online databas. There are several ways to search the database:

  • Highlights: Timeline thourgh the collection
  • Works of the Artists including description and image
  • Artists with short biography
  • Collection Tours about the individual topics and the main focuses of the collection

1914-1918 Prisoners of the First World War - ICRC Historical Archives

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) makes archives regarding prisoners of the First World War available online. The belligerent countries provided lists of prisoners to the ICRC which created an index card for each prisoner. These cards can be searched online.
In addition to that, reports about the life in internment camps can be found online.

Alexandria Research Platform

The Alexandria Research Platform is the institutional archive of the University of St.Gallen, and it documents research activities at the HSG. This database provides access to publications, project descriptions and the profiles of the academic staff.

Timeline of Historical Film Colors

Timeline of Historical Film Colors offers a database of historical film colours and documentation about its processes. The database contains more than 290 entries and connects historical and bibliographical information with primary resources from more than 400 scanned frames.

Earthquake catalog ECOS-09

ECOS-09 (Earthquake Catalog of Switzerland 2009) is the current earthquake catalog of Switzerland. It integrates the following basic information:

  • The Macroseismic Earthquake Catalog of Switzerland, with events from AD 250, revised and supplemented to 2008;
  • Yearly reports of the Swiss earthquake commission since 1879;
  • Earthquake locations of the instrumental networks of the SED since 1975;
  • Supplemented by 12 earthquake catalogs from neighboring and international agencies.

Archives of the Short Wave Service

During the Second World War, short wave radio was Switzerland’s preferred means for communicating with its expatriated citizens and to present its positions to the rest of the world. swissinfo.ch, the successor to Swiss Radio International (SRI), now has access to the manuscripts of programmes broadcast by the Short Wave Service (SWS) between 1939 and 1945.

These archives have been digitalised and are now accessible to researchers and the public via an online database.

Data bank on slave trade

The Swiss Confederation was not a colonial power, but still part of the European network connecting the financial and trade relations of the 16th and 19th centuries. Swiss businessmen were also involved in the transatlantic slave trade and profited tremendously from it. The data bank on slave trade gives insights on protagonists and activities.

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