Archives of the New Helvetic Society

The special collections may only be consulted to a limited extent; reasons must be given in writing.

The New Helvetic Society (NHS), first set up in Bern in 1914, was inspired by the Helvetic Society of the 18th century whose main ambition was the establishment of a Helvetic Confederation; an aspiration fulfilled in the 19th century with the birth of the Federal State.

A founding member of this society, Carl Spitteler is remembered especially for his rallying speech “Our Swiss point of view” to the NHS on December 14th 1914. His fond is located in the Swiss Literary Archives along with the archives of two other founding fathers of the NHS, Gonzague de Reynold and Carl Albert Loosli.

Further information

Opening hours

Access to the collections on appointment; an advanced reservation is required.

Guided tours

Introductions to the print and drawing collections for schools or groups on appointment.

Last modification 22.04.2016

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