Law Sources Foundation of the Swiss Lawyers Society


The Swiss Lawyers Society edits a collection of law sources which had been created on Swiss territory up to 1798, the Collection of Swiss Law Sources. The Collection contains material from the early middle ages until early modern times (1798). Over 100 volumes, or more than 60'000 pages of source material and comments from all language regions of Switzerland have been published so far. The volumes are online available.

ETH-Bibliothek - ETHeritage

Spezialsammlungen Digital is a lose collection of highlights from the Special Colletions of the ETH-Library in Zurich, Switzerland. The postings will offer a comprehensive overview of our holdings. This weblog is also a vessel for newsworthy information about tours of the collections, exhibitions, new acquisitions and projects. he individual postings offer a comprehensive overview of our holdings.

ETH-Bibliothek - E-Pics (Online image archive)

E-Pics is a research portal in the pictures collections of the Swiss federal institute of technology Zurich (ETH). The various catalogues comprise photo archives and photographers’ personal papers, as well as images on university life, from the natural sciences, the history of science and technology, scientific photography and many other topics.

The digital records can be researched by the following catalogues:

Swiss Federal Archives (SFA) - Selected topics

The Swiss Federal Archives (SFA) provide in-depth historical information and research tips on selected current topics or topics which are frequently sought after. Selected topics are:

Family History
Emigration and immigration
Homeless and travellers in Switzerland
Enforced welfare measures in Switzerland
The State authorities
The Old Swiss Confederacy
Modern Switzerland
Foreign policy since 1848
The history of the Swiss Army
Intelligence services and state security
Other themes in the history of Switzerland
The First World War in Switzerland
Second World War
The Swiss economy between market and state
History of transport
Special documents
Photos, plans, film and audio

Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (DDS) - Database Dodis

Dodis is the online database of the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (DDS). It contains comprehensive information about documents, people, organisations, geographic names and bibliographical references concerning the foreign-policy of Switzerland.

The DDS are a research project aiming to edit key documents on Swiss foreign relations. The DDS provide researchers and practitioners with official sources in printed and digitalised form which are necessary to reconstruct and gain an understanding of the history of Swiss foreign policy.

Dodis - in addition to the printed edition - allows for free access to a large number of digitalised documents. Moreover, it contains a vast amount of information on people (Swiss and foreign) and organisations that were active in the field of foreign policy.

Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (DDS)


The Dodis Internet Database allows free virtual access to a large number of documents which are available as digital source material. It also provides a wealth of information on Swiss and international personalities and organizations who were active in post-war foreign policies.

The DDS make available online pictures of major international events between 1945 and 1973.

University Library Bern - Map collections

The University Library Bern has an extensive collection of historic maps. Many of these maps, such as for example, the Ryhiner collection, Thomas Schoepf's maps of the area around Bern or Meyer-Weiss's Atlas of Switzerland are digitized and available online.

The Ryhiner Map Collection consists of maps, charts, plans and views from the 16th to the 18th century, covering the whole globe, most of them available online in high resolution.

ETH-Bibliothek - Einstein Online

Albert Einstein studied from 1896 until 1900 at the Federal Polytechnic Institute in Zurich, and was professor of theoretical physics from 1912 until 1914.

The ETH-Bibliothek possesses original correspondence to and from Albert Einstein and some image documents. Papers and other official documents concerning the following domains can be viewed online:

BM Archives-Basel Mission/mission 21

The online collections of the Basel Mission Archives provides access to a wide range of visual and cartographic sources: images, maps, sketches, plans and catalogue entries.

The sources are particulary related to the main geographical areas of activity of the Basel Mission in Africa an Asia with a focus on Ghana, Cameroon, India, China and Kalimantan. The documents were mainly produced between 1815 and 1945.

The holdings can be searched by different searching tools.

Codices Electronici Sangallenses (CESG) – Digital Library

The purpose of the "Codices Electronici Sangallenses" (Digital Abbey Library of St. Gallen) is to provide access to the medieval codices in the Abbey Library of St. Gallen by creating a virtual library. Each digitized manuscript is accompanied by the most recent available scholarly description.

Today, CESG forms one component of a larger successor project e-codices - the Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland.


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