Swiss Literary Archives

Schreibmaschinen aus dem Schweizerischen Literaturarchiv in einer Installation von Vaclav Požàrek
© Simon Schmid, NL

Using the SLA

The holdings of the Swiss Literary Archives are publicly accessible and can be consulted for example for academic and literary research.

Literary estates and archives

The Swiss Literary Archives hold the leading collection of 20th- and 21st century Swiss literatures: manuscripts, letters, diaries, reviews, audio and image documents, books and a wide range of personal effects.

Insights – outlooks

In the “Insights – outlooks” section, staff of the Literary Archives delve into the collections and reveal some of their most interesting and attractive finds.


The Swiss Literary Archives organise literary soirées with writers and specialists as well as scientific conferences that address topics drawn from the collections.


The Literary Archives’ regular publications include the newsletter “Passim”, the journal “Quarto” and the “Bulletin du Cercle d’études internationales Jean Starobinski”. Projects and conferences form the basis for editions and scientific publications.


The Swiss Literary Archives stage exhibitions that present their holdings to the public at large and provide access to the world of Swiss literatures.

Research projects

The Swiss Literary Archives’ research focuses on editions, the genesis of the text, edition philology and archival practice.


Bibliographies covering authors from the Swiss Literary Archives.

Collection principles

The Swiss Literary Archives collect the literary estates and archives of individuals and institutions in each of Switzerland’s four literatures.


The Swiss Literary Archives are the literary memory of Switzerland.

Last modification 04.04.2024

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Swiss Literary Archives
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