Cultures and Representations

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

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The permanent exhibitions present Swiss cultural history from its beginnings to the present, and give an insight into Swiss identity and the rich tapestry of Swiss history and culture. Temporary exhibitions on current topics add to the experience.

e-rara.ch

The e-rara.ch platform makes digitized rare books from Swiss libraries available to the public, free of charge.

The collections concern, among other themes, history of science and technology, notably with works of the professors of the EPFZ, old prints from Switzerland (Solothurn, Bern, Ticino) and literature (works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Italian poetry and prose from the 17th century).

Swiss Literary Archives (SLA)

The Swiss Literary Archives (SLA) were officially inaugurated at the Swiss National Library in Bern in early 1991.

The SLA assembles documents connected to the literature of all four linguistic regions of Switzerland: French, German, Italian and Romansh, with particular emphasis on the 20th and 21st centuries. The Literary Archives hold today some 100 complete fonds and 120 partial fonds and collections.

There are several ways of looking for SLA documents. An alphabetical list of fonds and archives in the SLA is available, and the fonds are indexed in the online database HelveticArchives.

Furthermore the SLA oversee many important music manuscripts.

Swiss Federal Archives (SFA)

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The SFA preserve documents from the Federal Administration and the political bodies of the Federal State. The collections consist for the most part of paper files, but there are also photos, audio and film documents as well as digital data.

The SFA has also been entrusted with private archives of people and organisations with close ties to the Federal State. Most of the files and documents stem from the period following 1798. The files in the SFA are organised into 8 main departments:

Swiss National Library (NL) - Digitized pictures

The Swiss National Library (NL) has digitized many pictures from the collections of its Prints and Drawings Department and Swiss Literary Archives and makes them available in its online database HelveticArchives.

The images can be search easily thanks to the Search function (Field search can be limited to «Images available online») und the Image overview function.

The images come from several collections, among which:

  • Postcard photographs of landscapes and localities from various cantons, from the collections of the Print and Drawings Departement (classification GS-AK-ANSI-CH)
  • the Federal Archives of Historical Monuments' photographic collection, for instance postcards from the publisher Photoglob-Wehrli (EAD-PHAL) or photographs from the Rudolf Zinggeler archives (EAD-ZING)
  • photographs made by Swiss writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach (SLA-Schwarzenbach: A-5 Fotoordner, E-5 Fotoportraits)
  • graphical works (drawings and paintings) of writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt (SLA-FD-A-Bi)

International Association for Alpine History (IAAH)

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The International Association for Alpine History (IAAH) is a forum opened to scholars and academics working in universities, research centres, archives and museums. It also welcomes local and regional history students and enthusiasts, as well as anyone who cultivates a keen interest in Alpine history either directly or indirectly.

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.

Abbey Library of St. Gallen

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The Abbey Library of Saint Gall has one of the most important collections of manuscripts in Switzerland.

The library holds numerous documents including incunabula, early prints, large collections dating from the 2nd half of 18th Century, as well as manuscripts of the late Humanism and Confessionalism periods.

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