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Digital resources

Economic documentation
Electronic grey literature  - freely accessible
Search portal newspaper clippings  - currently only accessible in the network of the University of Basel
Schweizer Arbeitgeber (journal) - accessible on impresso

Digitised economic archives  - freely accessible on via, with transcriptions tool

Digitized industrial films - access via AV workplaces (Memobase+ stations), e.g. in our reading room

Literature on economic history - recommendations

Finding aids

Economic documentation Documentation on companies and organisations, people, topics

Economic archives Company archives, association archives, archives of individuals

The "Freiwirtschaftliche Bibliothek" Literature on the free economy

A selection of digitised sources

Young Swiss and emigration to the US (1879-1880)

Rhine steamships and the responsibilities of their crew (1842)

Aged 23, Rudolf Geigy travels to Egypt and India (1853-1854)

A young man founds a family - and notes his expenditures (1922-1924)

A young woman marries - and notes her possessions (1830)

Factory work in the "good old times" - shop rules from the silk ribbon industry (1920)

Hourly rate: 1 franc 60 - working conditions in the textile industry (1900-1920)

How was Switzerland involved in the Transatlantic slave trade? (1782-1815)

History competition HISTORIA

HISTORIA, the Swiss national history competition, honours outstanding works by young people between the ages of 14 and 21, that were written in the field of history. 

The current topic for 2019-2021 is Historische Spurensuche - Jugend in Bewegung. There are several historical sources in the Swiss Economic Archives that would be suitable as a starting point for research.  

What does business have to do with youth? In earlier centuries people did not live as long. To a certain extent, young people grew up more quickly. Entry into working life and the establishment of a household often occurred early. In other words, there were many workers and entrepreneurs, who by today’s standards, were still almost young people.

Read old German scripts

The ad fontes portal offers exercises and reference options for old manuscripts.

Guided tours in the Swiss Economic Archives

Would you like a taste of archive air? Examine original documents closely? Please contact us.