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. 


Reopening of reading rooms and digitisation


Reopening of reading rooms and digitisation

28.05.2020 - The Federal Archives reading rooms will reopen and digitisation will recommence on 9 June. Orders can be placed from 6 June. Capacity will be reduced owing to the protective measures in place. However, there will be no summer closure this year, and the reading rooms will remain open throughout this period.

SFA data challenge

SFA data challenge

18.05.2020 - At the Federal Archives, we’re looking for creative ways to improve access to our documents. Take up the SFA’s data challenge!

Write an app using our search API and maybe we’ll incorporate it into our online access platform. The challenge runs until 18 August 2020. View the complete tender text (PDF, 2 MB, 18.05.2020).


Federal Archives are closed

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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 is available to all.

Press release



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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