Switzerland maintains a tradition of private safeguarding of company and association archives. For this reason, the Swiss Economic Archives is not a federal institution and does not receive any subsidies.
The Foundation for the Promotion of the Swiss Economic Archives (Stiftung zur Förderung des SWA) enables companies and associations to financially contribute to the archiving of their archival collections. Private individuals, companies and associations who find the SWA worth supporting can make a donation.
It is only thanks to this private support that valuable company archives can be preserved for historical research. Economic history is dependent on these sources in order to gain scholarly knowledge.
The Swiss Economic Archives is run by the University of Basel. The university’s funds allow the operation of an economic history and economic sciences library and the documentation on economic topics and players. Alongside this, private funds are necessary.Only with the help of private funding can private economic archives be taken over, made accessible, and secured for the long term for future use.
For projects that support the strategic orientation of the Swiss Economic Archives or that increase the level of awareness, we are dependent on private funding. The annual report provides information about our activities.
The foundation works with regular or one-off contributions from companies, associations, private individuals, other foundations and lottery funds.
As a rule, contributions can be deducted from cantonal taxes.
You too can support our projects.
In 2019, the SWA announced a research prize for the first time. The prize was awarded for the first time in 2020 – the prizewinner will be presented during a lecture evening in 2021.
The call for applications runs from April to December each year.
The application includes the publication (preferably in digital form), a letter of application and a curriculum vitae.
The jury evaluates the work by May and announces the decision to the applicants.
The prize ceremony and lecture will take place during the winter semester as part of the lecture series of the Historical and Antiquarian Society of Basel HAG.
The jury is composed of:
Alois Bischofberger, President, President of the Foundation for the Promotion of the Swiss Economic Archives
Prof. Dr. Tobias Straumann, economic historian, external member
Prof. Dr. Heinz Zimmermann, financial market theorist, University of Basel, member of the foundation board
Dr. Markus von Escher, representative of the economy, member of the foundation board
Prof. Dr. Matthieu Leimgruber, economic historian, University of Zurich, external member
Prof. Dr. Martin Lengwiler, social and economic historian, University of Basel, external member
President of the Foundation board
Members of the Foundation board
Dr. Markus von Escher, EMBA HSG, Board of Directors, managing owner Governance Consulting
Jürg Hagmann, lic. phil., managing owner RIM, Baden, Partner Kompetenzzentrum Records Management (KRM), Zollikon
Alice Keller, Director University Library Basel
Prof. Dr. Alexis Schwarzenbach, School of Art and Design, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Prof. Dr. Heinz Zimmermann, Finance Department, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Basel
PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Basel
Irene Amstutz, Head of University Business and Economics Library – Swiss Economic Archives
Stiftung zur Förderung des Schweizerischen Wirtschaftsarchivs
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In addition to the Foundation for the Promotion of the Swiss Economic Archives (Stiftung zur Förderung des SWA) there is also the Fritz Mangold Foundation, named after the former head of the SWA.
Its task is to promote publications in the field of national economy and statistics and to acquire literature that will be made available in the SWA.
Foundation board: Irene Amstutz (President), Prof. Dr. Alois Stutzer, Prof. Dr. Rolf Weder