Image documents

Genf (Foto: Eduard Spelterini)


Since the early 20th century, the collection has included photographs, in particular views of places and landscapes as well as portraits.
Monte Rosa


The NL's extensive collections of prints include pieces from the 17th century to the present day, with a focus on Switzerland's geography, people, customs, culture and politics.
Visible: Ausstellungsplakat der GS mit Abbildung eines unsichtbaren Buches


The NL's poster collection covers Swiss poster production from its earliest days in around 1850 to the present day, and thus documents an important part of Switzerland's visual culture.
Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Autoportrait, 1982


The NL houses art collections from the 20th and 21st centuries, such as Friedrich Dürrenmatt's paintings and drawings, the archives of Daniel Spoerri, Karl Gerstner, and Doris and Serge Stauffer, as well as numerous artists' books.
Aquarell von Wilhelm Lasius

Historic monuments preservation

The Federal Archives of Historic Monuments contains photographs, files and plans relating to historic buildings, archaeological digs as well as the protection of built heritage and landscapes.