Swiss Economic Archives



Tram: 10, 11; Peter-Merian

Peter Merian-Weg 6, 4052 Basel
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Swiss Economic Archives SWA, photographer: Martin Lüpold

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Curious about historical industrial films or fancy a torchlight tour of the repository? Take a look at the historical sources for yourself and learn how they are archived.



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General Information

Rest area with seating available

About Swiss Economic Archives

The Swiss Economic Archives are a national competence centre for sources on the Swiss economy and economic history. The institution accommodates numerous archives of Basel companies, people and associations. These include the archives of the architectural firm Suter+Suter, the Basel Chamber of Commerce, the Bankers’ Association or the Segerhof Archive (Christoph Burckhardt & Co., 1751–1883). The archives contain letters, minutes, photographs, advertising material, films and much more.

In addition, the Swiss Economic Archives document the Swiss economy and economic policy. Around 35,000 documentary materials are available. Many resources are available in digital form, including 1.5 million newspaper clippings. The Swiss Economic Archives were founded in 1910 and belong to the University Library of Basel.

Schweizerisches Wirtschaftsarchiv
Film about the construction of a bauxite mine, an alumina plant, a harbour and a factory town in Australia. "Die Geschichte von Gove", 1972
Schweizerisches Wirtschaftsarchiv
Alusuisse advertising film: «Vom Schweizergletscher zum Schweizermetall», 1940