Modern History (16th-19th Century)

State Archive of Bern


The State Archive contains the archival sources of the old city state of Bern (to 1798, excluding Aargau and Vaud), the Helvetic Cantons Bern and Oberland (1798-1803), the Canton of Bern (from 1803; Jura and District of Biel from 1815), and the Bernese state administration (from 1831).

University Library Bern - Map collections

The University Library Bern has an extensive collection of historic maps. Many of these maps, such as for example, the Ryhiner collection, Thomas Schoepf's maps of the area around Bern or Meyer-Weiss's Atlas of Switzerland are digitized and available online.

The Ryhiner Map Collection consists of maps, charts, plans and views from the 16th to the 18th century, covering the whole globe, most of them available online in high resolution.

Iron Library


The Library possesses the fundamental European literature on the subject of iron and related questions, both historical and recent works.

The special collections of the Iron Library contain, in addition to maps, plans, pictures and drawings, archives from the Swiss iron and steel industry:

Basler Afrika Bibliographien (BAB)


The library of the BAB containts books published after 1919, journals, newspapers and grey literature from and about Namibia and southern Africa, as well as a Rare-Book Collection with old, rare and bibliophile works relating to the entire African continent, among them travelogues from the 16th to the 18th century.

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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