Cultures and Representations

Fondation Jacques-Edouard Berger - World Art Treasures


Jacques-Edouard Berger has brought back over 100,000 pictures for the purpose of courses or lectures from Europe, the United States, Egypt, China, India, Japan, Burma, Laos and Thailand.

Some of the images, courses and conferences have been posted on the website of the foundation.

The site also offers a Timeline of the history of art with some of its most important figures.

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


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.

The 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:

Furthermore the SLA oversee many important music manuscripts.

Swiss Federal Archives (SFA)


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:


HelveticArchives is the online database maintaining the archival collections of the Swiss National Library (NL). Die Datenbank enthält Angaben zu den Beständen der Graphischen Sammlung (GS) und des Schweizerischen Literaturarchivs (SLA). Tne Catalog contains the collections of the Prints and Drawings Department and of the Swiss Literary Archives (SLA).

In Helveticarchives you can currently find portrait photographs of important Swiss personalities as well as photographs of landscapes and localities from various Swiss cantons, historical photographs from The Federal Archives of Historical Monuments (FAHM) and pictures from the photo collection of Annemarie Schwarzenbach.

HelveticatArchives includes also the Index of manuscript collections held in libraries and archives in Switzerland and the ISplus database, which contains a wide range of information on Swiss heritage institutions (Archives, Libraries and Museums) listed by canton in alphabetical order.

International Association for Alpine History (IAAH)


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


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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