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Museum of Communication Library/PTT Archive


The Museum of Communication Library/PTT Archive comprises three libraries: the Historical PTT Library at the PTT Archive, the Philately Library and the Reference Library at the Museum of Communication. They provide publications, complements to the archival collections, specialist literature on the areas covered by the permanent collections and stamps and auction catalogues.

Association for Financial History (Switerland and Principality of Liechtenstein)


The Association for Financial History is dedicated to the historical and archival questions regarding the financial history of Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein.


Zwingliana was founded in 1897 as an academic journal by the Zwingli Society and it contains scientific contributions about Huldrych Zwingli and the Swiss Reformation. The website provides free access to its issues with a three year delay.

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.



swissinfo.ch is the international service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC).

Since 1999, swissinfo.ch has fulfilled the federal government’s mandate to distribute information about Switzerland internationally, supplementing the online offerings of the radio and television stations of the SBC.

The online service offers a Swiss view of topics and highlights Swiss positions on international events and developments, while reflecting the view of Switzerland from abroad. swissinfo.ch‘s coverage focuses on politics, business, culture, society and research.

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.

Swiss RISM - Répertoire International des Sources Musicales


The aim of the Swiss RISM is to inventory the largest number of musical sources and to make them accessible to the public.

Since its foundation the Swiss RISM branch has recorded systematically prints before 1800, collective prints of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries and other works about music, manuscripts after 1600 as well as prints of the 19th and 20th centuries.

RISM operates as a service. Projects are developed and implemented in collaboration with the institutions (libraries, archives, monasteries) that own the sources.

State Archives Jura (ArJC) - Online Queries

The inventory of the State Archives Jura can be researched by full text search, by field search as well as by Archive plan search en ligne.

Law Sources Foundation of the Swiss Lawyers Society - Collection of Swiss Law Sources

Since 1898 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 Law Sources Foundation has digitized all volumes published so far and makes them available online.

Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (DDS) - Quaderni di Dodis

The «Quaderni di Dodis» are an academic series in which papers,
monographs or essays as well as sources and other materials are digitally published.

This series will cover research results which were in one way or another initiated by the DDS research centre: this may cover publications of international conferences, colloquia or workshops for researchers. The «Quaderni di Dodis» intend to widen publication possibilities in the fields of contemporary history and foreign policy and to offer an attractive and easy way to publish for young academics.

The «Quaderni di Dodis» were conceived as an e-Book and are committed to the open access principle.


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