Art History, History of Architecture

Fotostiftung Schweiz - Archives and Estates

The Fotostiftung Schweiz administrates the archives and estates of numerous photographers. The estates consist of more or less complete negative archives, original prints, contact prints, publication items and documents. A list of the holdings as well as descriptions of the already arranged holdings are online available.

Fotostiftung Schweiz


The Fotostiftung Schweiz administrates the archives and estates of numerous photographers.
Collection: Swiss photography from 1930s to 1950s, international photography, unique photographic documents of the Warsaw ghetto by Roman Vishniac, original prints by Lucien Clergue from the 1950s. Various deposita form the Swiss Confederation. Collection of the Friends of the Fotostiftung Schweiz (international historical masterpieces). And other collections.

A list of the holdings is available online, with descriptions and biographical information on the photographs.

Foundation for the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC)


The study of the iconographic representations of the ancient myths and legends being designated as classical mythology was the main objective pursued by the Foundation for the LIMC.

Its first task was the preparation and publication of the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC - illustrated lexicon about the ancient myths), completed in 1999.

The digital archives of the Foundation for the LIMC can be accessed through the following databases :

Federal Archives of historic monuments (FAHM)


The EAD collections focus mainly on documentation of government-backed measures in the areas of the preservation of historical monuments , the protection of historical sites, and archaeology. The EAD holds documents from the Federal Commission for Monument Preservation (EKD), the Cultural Heritage and Historical Monuments section of the Federal Office of Culture (FOC), federal experts, and key people or institutions active in this area.

eikones - NCCR Iconic Criticism. The Power and Meaning of Images

The central questions of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) "Iconic criticism. The Power and Meaning of images" which all partial projects connect are: How do pictures generate meaning – in the sciences, in everyday life, in the arts? What does influence them and how do they exert influence? Where is their very own, unreplaceable power?

Attempts to the clarification of these open questions come from the humanities as well as from the natural and technological sciences. The NCCR attempts to build bridges between the disciplines, within the leading university of Basel, as well as between different Swiss and international universities, institutions of higher education, research institutes, museums and collections. The website informs about the objectives, the individual modules, as well as the team of the scientists involved. Moreover, the website offers publication lists and a calendar of events.

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)


SwissInfoDesk is a link collection that simplifies search for information about Switzerland. Information and documentation specialists at the Swiss National Library (NL) have selected and commented the links.

Links are gathered by sub-topics and are described with a brief commentary. In the index, you can search keywords that drive you directly to the topic you are looking for.

The areas of interest contain the following subjects:

  • Swiss history
  • Swiss literature
  • Swiss Art
  • library and information sciences

The website also provides a new alert service, and an order form for individualized research.

Swiss Poster Collection

The Swiss Poster Collection contains posters created by Swiss and foreign graphic artists. It proposes pictorial records of Swiss and European culture from the end of the 19th century to the present in various domains, notably tourism, exhibits, advertisement, cultural events, sports and politics.

The posters described in the catalogue are held in the collections of the Swiss National Library (NL), the Library of Geneva (BGE), the Wallis Mediathek, and the Museum of transports Luzern.

Association of Friends of Classical Art


The goal of the Association of Friends of Classical Art is to promote the research in classical archaeology in Switzerland. The association organises conferences, exhibitions, study trips, guided tours and various other events in different Swiss cities.

The Library Am Guisanplatz (BiG)


The BiG ensures the provision of international technical literature in several fields such as history, politics, armed forces, civil protection, traffic, energy, migration, architecture, environment, agriculture, finances and economics.
The documentation can be found in the library catalogue of the Alexandria network.

Others links to special collections :


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