Official publications reflect political, economic and social life at all levels of the Swiss administration. Often referred to as “grey literature”, these holdings are a rich and varied source of information on the workings of the Confederation.
Content and scope
- Documents issued by the federal, cantonal, communal and religious authorities
- Everything published by the administration, including law compilations, minutes of legislative proceedings, accounts, budgets and statistics
- Collection of grey literature is selective (the Library collects what is supplied to it)
- Electronic publications from corporations and institutions are collected via the websites in Web Archive Switzerland.
- From the foundation of the Federal State in 1848 to the present day
- An older category of “edicts”, comprising decrees, public notices and other ordinances issued by the authorities to the population between the 16th and 19th centuries
Research and access
- The majority of documents are listed in Helveticat
- Monographic and serial official publications and edicts are mainly listed in a card index that can be consulted in the NL’s reading room.
- Web Archive Switzerland in the e-Helvetica Access database
Last modification 13.12.2018