Auxiliary Resources for Historical Science

Litlink - Knowledge Management System

Litlink is a knowledge management system for scholars of history, of cultural studies, and the social sciences. Litlink enables the sophisticated and detailed management and linking of data in the following areas: literature, archives, pictures, people, periodicals, audiovisual media, websites, events, places and physical objects.

Litlink categorises the data in (inter alia) index tabs and projects; it displays all data in an associative manner, making the various links between the data visible at a glance. Litlink enables the planning and organisation of the scientific work process through to the composition of rough drafts connected with “projects”, as well as the display and export of data in a great variety of pre-formatted quotation styles.

All Litlink data are continually verified and synchronised with data on the Internet. Bibliographical data can be taken directly from library catalogues. In addition, Litlinkweb enables the synchronisation of local data with a personalized web-application, making it possible to work with Litlink on the web as well as locally.

Register of Swiss Surnames

The Register of Swiss Surnames offers a comprehensive alphabetical listing of all the families holding citizenship in a Swiss community.

Each entry contains information on the place of origin (i.e. community of citizenship), time of naturalisation as well as previous place or country of origin. This site offers free access to some 48'500 entries, as compiled in the third edition of the "Familiennamenbuch der Schweiz" (Schulthess Polygraphischer Verlag, Zurich 1989).

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 Inventory of Coin Finds (SICF) - Dictionary online

The SICF has compiled a database of numismatic terms in four languages (German – French – Italian – English), which can be searched online.


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.

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