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

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.


Online access goes open source

Online access goes open source

22.04.2021 - The Federal Archives are publishing the source code for the SFA’s online access portal. The code is available under license AGPLv3 on GitHub.


Covid-19 – Visiting the reading room: reservations and masks required

In order to comply with the Federal Council’s coronavirus rules, the number of workstations in the reading room is 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. Masks are also required in the reading rooms. The mask must be worn from the moment of entering the building. Visitors are requested to bring their own masks with them.

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.

The Federal Archives on Twitter