The Swiss Federal Archives hold the documents of the Federal State’s political bodies and the federal administration since 1798 and make them available to anyone interested. The majority of the documents can be searched online. Additionally, the Federal Archives’ opendata.swiss portal provides centralised access to freely available government data.
The Swiss Federal Archives provide access to the documents of Parliament, the Federal Council, the federal administration and Switzerland’s representations abroad since 1798. There are currently over 60 linear kilometres of documents in the Federal Archives, most of them dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. An overview of the archived documents can be found under fonds.
A range of databases is available for searches in the Federal Archives. Swiss Archives allows you to search through almost all fonds of the Federal Archives and order them online. The Amtsdruckschriften platform provides direct access to documents that have already been digitised. The opendata.swiss OGD pilot portal operated by the Federal Archives contains current, freely available datasets from Swiss authorities. Detailed information on these and other search options can be found under Search engines & portals.
Tips and advice
If you need assistance with your research in the fonds of the Federal Archives, you can find tips on especially frequently requested research areas in the topics. If you cannot find an answer to your question there, the Federal Archives’ experts will be pleased to advise you.
Once you have found the documents you are looking for, you can normally order them online. Full information on the ordering process and the conditions under which you can consult and re-use archive records from the Federal Archives can be found under ordering & consulting.
Last modification 28.03.2017