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The Swiss National Library’s digitisation projects

The Swiss press

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Schaffhauser Nachrichten Schaffhauser Nachrichten
Digitisation of the Swiss press is a priority for the Swiss National Library (NL) for two reasons:

- firstly, the NL’s customers wait impatiently to consult this type of publication online, in particular, due to the wealth of research opportunities provided by this type of access;

- secondly, newspapers are printed on a very fragile paper that quickly deteriorates if they are often leafed through.

The digitisation of newspapers contributes to preserving the originals while at the same time allowing widespread use of these documents.

The Gugelmann Collection

S. D. Lafond (artist and engraver), «Le Pont du Diable. / Sur le Mont St. Gotthardt dans le Canton d'Ury», 1797, technique: coloured outline etching, signature: GS-GUGE-LORY-1-10new window
S. D. Lafond (artist and engraver), «Le Pont du Diable. / Sur le Mont St. Gotthardt dans le Canton d'Ury», 1797, technique: coloured outline etching, signature: GS-GUGE-LORY-1-10 S. D. Lafond (artist and engraver), «Le Pont du Diable. / Sur le Mont St. Gotthardt dans le Canton d'Ury», 1797, technique: coloured outline etching, signature: GS-GUGE-LORY-1-10
The work of the Schweizer Kleinmeister from the mid-18th to mid-19th century offers a rich insight into the landscape and culture of Switzerland at the time. It is therefore of continuing relevance today, both for art and cultural history and for the natural sciences. The original Gugelmann Collection comprised 4500 documents. This unique collection is continually being expanded with significant new acquisitions, and constitutes the essential core of Swiss iconography. The Gugelmann Collection has been catalogued in the HelveticArchives database.

Women’s history

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Schweizer Frauenblatt Schweizer Frauenblatt
Thirty journals in the field of feminism and women are being digitized. This collection of around 250,000 pages will be an important source of information for research and gender studies. The journals covered by the project are listed on the Digicoord platform and will be online at retro.seals,ch, the collection of digitized Swiss journals.

Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce (SOGC)

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Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce (SOGC) Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce (SOGC)
Since March 2006 the daily issues of the SOGC are included in the NL’s collection of born-digital documents, e-Helvetica. The digitization project currently underway will make all issues of this journal since it was first published in 1883 available online to the public, a total of about 500,000 pages. At then end of the project the SOGC will be available via the e-Helvetica interface.

Nebelspalter

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Nebelspalter Nebelspalter
The Nebelspalter, a Swiss satirical magazine, is frequently consulted especially by researchers in the humanities. The NL and the magazine’s publisher have agreed to digitize the collection from the first issue of 1876 until 2000 approximately 140,000 pages, which will be made available online at retro.seals.ch by the end of 2014.

Last updated on: 21.05.2014

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