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Accessible in the Swiss National Library
The Swiss National Sound Archives are to sound recordings what the Swiss National Library is to printed documents. This is where collections of sound recordings are held and preserved for posterity. The Swiss National Sound Archives, based in Lugano, have been archiving the cultural heritage of Switzerland as expressed in sound for over 20 years and making it available to all interested parties.
The collection now contains over 260,000 sound recordings. These are:
The collection grows by about 10,000 recordings every year. In recent years the Swiss National Library has entrusted its audio documents to its specialist sister institution.
All of these audio documents may be consulted in the premises of the National Sound Archives in Lugano. The digitisation of the collection will soon enable the recordings of the National Sound Archives to be heard in archives and libraries across Switzerland. As a first step in this project the National Library has made a work-station available in the library for users to access to the digitised collection.
If you would like to listen to an audio document from the sound archive in the National Library, please feel free to approach us with your request. As the only place where it is possible to see which audio documents are available is at the retrieval terminal in the National Library, please direct your enquiry to info(at)nb.admin.ch. The NL will then check if the document has already been digitised - if not, we will place your order for its digitisation with the National Sound Archives for you and will let you know as soon as the digital copy is available for listening to in the NL.
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