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.


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 – 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.



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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