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The State Archive preserves the archival records of the former City State of Bern (up to 1798), the Helvetian cantons of Bern and Oberland (1798-1803) and the records of the Bernese cantonal administration from 1803 to the present day.

In addition to these governmental holdings, the Archive also holds material from private sources (personal bequests, family archives, archives from associations and companies, etc.) and has a comprehensive specialist library

Archival holdings

  • around 24,000 shelf metres of files
  • 38,100 deeds and charters
  • around 25,000 maps and plans
  • 1.2 million photographs and negatives

For our electronic archive inventory (Query), see the Online Archives or do a general research in more than 15 swiss Archives on


  • 49,000 books
  • 170 periodicals
  • Around 250 newspapers (including 30 currently issued newspapers)
  • Official publications (Canton of Bern and the Swiss Confederation)

Our library collection can be searched in the IDS Basel/Bern catalogue
(New acquisitions) or in Swissbib orange, including the Swiss National Library.

Further information

Online inventory of the holdings of the State Archives of Canton Bern


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