History of Switzerland

Archives of Rural History (ARH)


The ARH is unique in its dedication to systematically searching for documentary records of private persons, federations, political organisations, private firms, etc. relating to the agricultural sector and to rural society in the 19th and 20th centuries. As a virtual archive, the AHR does not store the archival records itself but instead deposits them in existing archives.

The databases maintained by the AHR offer an overview about the accessible sources concerning the history of the agricultural sector and the rural society in the 19th and 20th centuries:

Swiss National Sound Archives - Online Catalog

The online catalog documents the Swiss sound heritage (Helvetica) preserved in the archives of the Swiss National Sound Archives. The following types of search are possible:

  • Simple search: search Google-style or by name, title, subject
  • Advanced search: specify and associate particular search criteria
  • Topic search: browse search for spoken documents (conferences, interviews, theatrical performances, audio books, ...)

Swiss National Sound Archives


The Swiss National Sound Archives collects, documents and makes available to the general public all the audio carriers that, because of their content, have a link with the history and culture of the country.

The collections contain: Products of the record industry; SUISA Deposit; Audio documents related to scientific research; Deposit of the Swiss National Library; Recordings of historical radio broadcasts (from 1932 up to about 1955).


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