Rudolf Zinggeler archive

Vals, Wallfahrtskapelle Mariä Schmerzen
Festively attired women and children in front of St Mary’s chapel, a pilgrimage destination in Vals (1911).
© NL/FAHM

The silk manufacturer Rudolf Zinggeler (1864–1954) from Richterswil (canton of Zurich) took photos mainly in the cantons of Valais, Ticino and Graubünden between 1890 and 1936.

Content and scope

  • Photos of towns and villages, buildings, landscapes and day-to-day rural life (work, leisure, festivals)
  • 15,280 glass and plastic negatives, black and white, in the formats 9 x 12 cm, 13 x 18 cm and 18 x 24 cm
  • 16,340 prints from glass plates (1956–1965)
  • The prints are mounted on card, annotated and organised alphabetically by location.

Collection principles

Susch, Dorfszene mit Engadiner Bauernhaus, 1916/17
Women and children at the village fountain in front of an old Engadin Valley farmhouse in Susch, c. 1916/17.
© NL/FAHM
  • Rudolf Zinggeler’s heirs gifted his photographic estate to the Swiss National Museum in Zurich in 1956.
  • Once the collection had been catalogued and prints produced, most of it was transferred to the Federal Archives of Historic Monuments (FAHM) in 1969.
  • The photos of towns, villages, landscapes and day-to-day rural life have great value as historical documents and part of the national heritage. They fit perfectly into the core remit of the FAHM.

Research and access

  • You can access the entire Rudolf Zinggeler collection in the HelveticArchives database.
  • The originals can be viewed by prior appointment in the Prints and Drawings Department.

Last modification 31.01.2019

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