History of Switzerland

Historical Archives of the (Swiss) PTT - Database scopeArchiv

Les documents des Archives des PTT figurent dans la banque de données accessible en ligne. La base permet de naviguer dans le plan de classement ou d'effectuer une recherche plein texte, une recherche dans un champ ou une recherche de descripteurs.
The documents of the historical Archives of the PTT are included in the database available online. The base is used to navigate in the classification plan or to search with a full text search tool, a search field tool or descriptors search tool.

Communal archives of Orsières


The archives contain parchment rolls, parchments, dating from 1228 to 1798, books, papers, the Judges’ Archives and some Notaries’ Minutes.

Passe-Partout - International Bank of Printers' Ornaments

The aim of Passe-Partout is to make available to researchers in the field of book history an international database of printers' ornaments.

Built around archives of locally-provided data, Passe-Partout operates on the non-profit basis of exchange and cooperation.

All users can freely consult the database of ornaments and make use of the information they find.

Swiss National Museum - Study Centre

The public Study Centre is home to the study collections, the library with its reading room, the picture archive and documentation relating to the museum's collection.

A database of all items in the SNM collection is available for consultation at the research stations provided in the study centre. Some parts can be viewed online. The following collections are open to the public in the Study Centre: graphic art, historic photography, numismatics cabinet, textile archives, archaeology.

The Swiss National Museum’s publicly accessible library specializes in archaeology, art history, cultural history, Swiss history, museology, restoration and conservation.

The library’s collection currently includes sevaral thousands of volumes as well as several hundreds current subscriptions to periodical. There is an emphasis on exhibition and auction catalogues.

All monographs and all journals are recorded in the NEBIS interlibrary system catalogue.

Morat Museum


The permanent exhibition shows 6,000 years of history of the town of Murten and the region over five floors. The objects tell their stories and those of the people of different ages:

• Cites lake Neolithic and Bronze Age
• Celts and Romans
• Living and working in the medieval town
• Morat dependent Berne and Fribourg
• Entry into modernity

A multimedia show recounts the events of the memorable battle of Morat.

Swiss digitized newspapers

The Swiss digitized newspapers are a search instrument for the digitized Swiss press.

Swiss newspapers which were digitized by the Swiss national library and its cantonal partners can be searched through this portal.

Music inventory database 1500-1800

The Music inventory database 1500-1800 is an online resource created in the project Musical Repertoire in Swiss Collegiate and Monastic Churches of the Institute of Musicology of Fribourg University.

It allows a better knowledge of the context of preserved sources and brings to light important information about sources or indeed whole music collections that no longer exist.

Every record is linked to the page (or pages) in the source carrying the relevant information. The data is compared to existing bibliographical tools, e.g. RISM A/I and EitnerQ.

Carolingian Culture at Reichenau & St. Gall

This website presents digital versions of the Plan of St. Gall and the ninth-century library collections of the monasteries of Reichenau and St. Gall.

The St. Gall Monastery Plan is the earliest preserved and most extraordinary visualization of a building complex produced in the Middle Ages. Ever since the Plan was created at the monastery of Reichenau in the period 819-26 A.D., it has been preserved in the Monastic Library of St. Gall.

This site will provide access to the results of a long-term project of creating an extensive data base to aid research into the Plan and Carolingian monastic culture. Besides a variety of digital representations of the Plan itself, the site includes a graphic representation of how the Plan was physically made, detailed information on each of the elements of the Plan, and transcriptions and translations of its inscriptions. In addition, the site contains resources for understanding the material culture context of the Plan. A series of extensive data bases include one presenting physical objects found across Europe that add to our understanding of Carolingian monasticism, one devoted to the terminology of Carolingian material culture, descriptions of all known Carolingian religious edifices, and an extensive bibliography on both the Plan itself and Carolingian monastic culture generally.

edoc - Repository of the University of Basel

The institutional repository edoc provides public access to electronic theses of the University of Basel.

The theses can be searched according to the criteria authors, years, faculties and departements or theses.

Direct access to the theses of the Departement of History.

Kinema (1911-1919)

Kinema (1911-1919) is the first Swiss cinema magazine. Most of the issues of Kinema are held in the Swiss National Library's collection. They are accessible online on E-Periodica.

It was published once a week and represented the interests of cinema managers and film distributers. It contains discussions on cinematography, the defense of cinema against its critics, positions on the measures taken by the authorities such as the closure of cinemas following the influenza epidemic of 1918.


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