Winter closure of reading rooms

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Winter closure of reading rooms from 23 December to 4 January 2022

Our reading rooms and digitisation service are closed from 4 p.m. on 23 December up to and including 2 January 2022. Digitisation will recommence on Monday 3 January, and the reading rooms reopen on Tuesday 4 January.

We wish you a joyful festive season and a happy new year.




18.06.2021 - The Federal Archives’ AppLab laboratory is now up and running. It contains applications, interactive visualisations, scripts and data for exploring our archival fonds digitally.


Strategy 2021–2025

 Strategy 2021–2025

Strategy 2021–2025

10.06.2021 - The SFA’s strategy for the years 2021–2025 continues their ongoing development towards a system-atically digital archive. While the strategy for the previous five years focused on online access, the current strategy turns its attention to transfer and archiving.


Covid-19 – Visiting the reading room: 3G, places limited, masks required

Owing to the current situation, a certificate will be required to enter the reading rooms as of Tuesday, 30 November 2021. Anyone over the age of 16 will only be granted access on presentation of a valid certificate and an official identification document. The number of workstations remains limited. Please register your visit by sending an e-mail to or calling 058 462 89 87 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Mon–Fri). If you do not have a reservation, we will be unable to guarantee you a workstation. The mask requirement also remains in force.


Online access

Online access

The Federal Archives online – any time, anywhere.



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

Important links

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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