History of the NRLA

History of the NRLA

17.09.2020 - The Alptransit Portal presents documents and photos on 14 new topics related to the history of the NRLA: from the first ideas for a «mountain railway» in the 19th century to the press material for briefing events from 1992 onwards.


Administory No. 4 online

Administory No. 4 online

09.06.2020 - The latest issue of «Administory – Journal for the History of Public Administration / Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsgeschichte» is now online: Administory 4: Towards a History of Files. Topics covered include the history of the vertical filing cabinet and change management in Nelson Mandela’s archive. 


Covid-19 – The Federal Archives are closed to the public

In order to comply with the decisions of the Federal Council regarding the coronavirus, our reading rooms remain closed until 28 February 2021 and the capacity of our digitisation service is reduced. 

Thank you for your understanding.



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.

More from the Federal Archives

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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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