Archive portals

What do portals offer?
Portals enable you to carry out multi-institution searches. The main Swiss archive portal is Archives Online. There are also European archive portals and web sites for access to specialist areas such as photography.

Archives Online – the Swiss archive portal enables you to search numerous Swiss archives at the same time. From the results page you can go directly to the database for the relevant archives including to the Online Archive Catalogue of the Burgerbibliothek of Berne. There you can find more information about the document you have located.

Archives Portal Europe 
The Archives Portal Europe (APE) is a pan-European archive search platform. More than 300 archives from all over Europe have made the access data and general information about their institutions available on the portal.

Daguerreobase. Collective cataloguing program for daguerreotypes lists photographs on silver-coated copper plates dating from about 1839 to about 1860. The Burgerbibliothek of Berne holds an unusually large number of daguerreotypes and is a member of this European network.

The virtual manuscript library e-codices gives access to digitised manuscripts from archives, libraries, monasteries, museums and private collections in Switzerland. The Burgerbibliothek of Berne has been digitising manuscripts for e-codices regularly since 2010. About 50 manuscripts from the Bongarsiana/Codices collection can now be viewed via e-codices.

Swiss Postcard – Switzerland of yesteryear in postcards
The “Swiss Postcard” app presents a selection of postcards, most of which are to be found in the collections of cantonal libraries or the Swiss National Library. The Burgerbibliothek of Berne has contributed over 150 postcards from its own holdings. The free app, which has various navigation and search options, went online at the start of 2015 and gives access to postcards from about 1000 communities in Switzerland from around the year 1900. It is continuously being expanded.  


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