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Collections

With your questions you can bring our 7,500 linear metres of archive and library documents to life and they will tell you about past times. In the archive database you have the possibility to research our holdings. The holdings of the PTT archive are not arranged by subject, but by origin, i.e. by the regions of the PTT and the departments of the central administration. If you have any questions or information about our holdings, we will be happy to support you. You can find our contact details here

Forerunner of the Federal Postal Administration, 1708-1847/48

  • Administrative documents of private positions, commercial directorates, directorships, Lyon Ordinari, Fischerpost, Thurn und Taxis, cantonal positions, etc.

Swiss Post, 1848-1997

  • Administrative documents of the head office and the whole of Switzerland.

Federal Telegraph and Telephone Administration, 1852-1997

  • Administrative documents of the head office and the whole of Switzerland.

Internal and external PTT publications, 1849-1997

  • Official gazettes, ordinances, regulations, telephone directories, advertising material, forms, etc.

Thematic Collections, 1849-1997

  • Post office chronicle, local catalogue, postal courses, stamp impressions, etc.

Academic Library, 18th-21st century

  • Publications on Post and Telecommunications, Universal Postal Union, International Telecommunication Union, etc.

ORAL HISTORY, 2014-

  • Since 2014 we have been conducting video interviews with former PTT people. Their personal reports document the technical, social and organisational changes in the companies. Learn more at: www.oralhistory-pttarchiv.ch

What is there to discover?

THE POST OFFICE CHRONICLES IN THE PTT ARCHIVE:

The development of post offices has always been documented during the PTT era. These chronicles - popular sources of historical research - are kept in the archive.

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SWISS POSTAL ROUTE MAPS IN THE PTT ARCHIVE:

Swiss Post had an integrating and identity-creating function for the young federal state. In 1850, the Kursbureau of the General Postal Directorate produced the first nationwide map of postal courses in Switzerland.

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THE SWISS TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES IN THE PTT ARCHIVE:

We keep all analog telephone directories, from the very first to today's Local Guide. The PTT Archive is the only point of contact in Switzerland where all telephone directories can be consulted.

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