Topics & Inventories

The  Federal Archives provide in-depth historical information and research tips on selected current topics or topics which are frequently sought after.

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Inventories

The inventories published by the Federal Archives. Each comes with a summary of its contents and a guide to ordering dossiers.

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The Old Swiss Confederacy

Helvetians, Switzers, Swiss and the Swiss Cross: historical sources in the Swiss Federal Archives dating from the time prior to the centralised state of 1798.

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Modern Switzerland

The creation of the modern Swiss political system can be researched on the basis of historical sources in the Swiss Federal Archives.

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Emigrants and immigrants

At the end of the 19th century, Switzerland changed from a land of emigrants to one of immigrants. Historical sources at the Swiss Federal Archives help discover traces.

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Foreign policy since 1848

Historical sources on Swiss foreign policy (representation of interests, relationship management and humanitarian involvement) in the Swiss Federal Archives.

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The First World War in Switzerland

From a military viewpoint, Switzerland was prepared for the First World War. However, the ensuing economic and social crisis brought with them many challenges for the state.

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Second World War

The history of Switzerland during the Second World War is to this day the subject of research and debates. Historical sources in the Swiss Federal Archives.

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Homeless and travellers in Switzerland

Historical sources in the Swiss Federal Archives on the problematic handling of a transient population by the state and society.

Enforced welfare measures in Switzerland

Forced adoptions, indentured child labourers, children in homes and travellers count among the victims of enforced welfare measures. Documents held by municipalities, cantons and the Confederation.

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Intelligence services, spies, traitors to the nation and state security

Historical sources in the Swiss Federal Archives document the development of the intelligence services and state security as well as the "Secret Files Scandal".

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The history of the Swiss Army

From lansquenets and mercenaries to the modern militia army: the Swiss Federal Archives hold many sources relating to military history.

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The Swiss economy between market and state

Switzerland has a liberal economic constitution. Historical sources document the state's activities relating to its economic policy.

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History of transport in Switzerland

Historical sources at the Swiss Federal Archives on the development of shipping, railways, mountain railways and aviation. Overview and introduction.

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Legal texts, certificates and treaties

Tips and notes relating to searches for official documents from the middle ages to the present day in the Swiss Federal Archives and other institutions.

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Photos, plans, film and sound recordings held by the Federal Archives

The fonds held by the Federal Archives include numerous audio-visual records such as photos, films, plans and sound recordings alongside paper-based documents.

Last modification 21.12.2017

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