Literary estates and archives in German

Hängeregistratur mit frühen Gedichtentwürfen von Peter Bichsel
Hanging files containing early drafts of poems by Peter Bichsel
© NL, Simon Schmid

When the Swiss Literary Archives were established in 1991, they took over the historical holdings of the National Library, including the literary estates of Hermann Hesse, Carl Albert Loosli, Rainer Maria Rilke, Annemarie Schwarzenbach and Carl Spitteler.

Additions to the collection focus primarily on 20th-century writers. Also represented are institutions and publishers’ archives as well as small collections such as the Hans Rhyn autograph collection.

Collections in German

** = entire fond (as far as surviving or known)
* = partial fond

Interesting holdings for which additional information is available on our website or that are the subject of ongoing or completed research projects or publications. This section is updated regularly.

Last modification 06.09.2021

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