Retrospective view

The period from 1909 to 1945, during Marcel Godet’s tenure as Director of the Swiss National Library, was decisive for the constitution of special collections at the NL. During this period, the NL acquired an important part of these collections referred to today as Special collections. Noteworthy is the contribution of Karl Jakob Lüthi, doctor honoris causa from Bern University’s Faculty of Theology and fellow worker at the NL from 1909 to 1941.

It is during the "Marcel Godet / Karl J. Lüthi" period, that the NL became the depository of the censured documents from the First and Second World Wars, of the Libraries of the Swiss Gutenberg Museum and of the Swiss Society for genealogical studies as well as the depository of the archives of the Schweizerisches Grütliverein, of the New Helvetic Society and of the Silbernagel-Caloyanni Collection and of an interesting collection of newspapers relative to the First World War and the Society of Nations.

Last modification 15.12.2006

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