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Closure: reading rooms and digitisation infrastructure

18.03.2020 - In order to implement the recommendations of the Federal Council regarding the coronavirus, the Federal Archives are closing their reading rooms and digitisation infrastructure. Orders for analogue documents are unavailable until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.


New online access to the Federal Archives

New online access to the Federal Archives

25.11.2019 - Research, digitisation, downloads and advice: online access to the Federal Archives brings all these services together on a single web portal.

From today, the website recherche.bar.admin.ch is available to all.

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New articles: ICT and administration

ICT and administration – an entwined history

09.10.2018 - The Federal Archives are the initiator of a special issue of the journal Administration & Society entitled «Symposium ICT@Admin». The articles examine information technology and administrative practice in the 20th century. The special issue will be available free of charge as open access for 3 months.

New additions to the Alptransit portal


New additions to the Alptransit portal

17.09.2018 - From today, the Alptransit portal includes texts, photos and documents on 14 new topics related to the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA).

We hope you enjoy exploring them!



The Federal Archives document over 200 years of Swiss history. This section contains information on the wide range of search options and practical information.


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Digital documents

Digital archiving in the Federal Archives ensures that the actions of government remain transparent in the digital age.

Project Online access

In future you will be able to consult every dossier from the Federal Archives online, with analogue dossiers being digitised to order.

Administrative history

The Federal Archives research the history of the federal administration since 1918.

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Federal Archives online

The documents from the Federal Archives are available online. Watch the video to see how online access works.

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