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Historique

The Department’s collections grow essentially through gifts and bequests. It owes both the breadth and quality of its materials to the generosity and civic-mindedness of the Genevans who have entrusted the library with their papers, documents that are indeed tokens of history as it is being made.

Rodolphe Töpffer, "Voyage à la Grande Chartreuse", 1833. Avec corrections et annotations autographes réalisées en 1843. BGE, Ms. suppl. 1163, p. 31-32.

The manuscripts and archive collections form an essential part of our cultural heritage. They come from families, private individuals, associations, and businesses. The Bibliothèque is always ready to accept such documents free of charge, classify and catalogue them, and encourage the public to consult them for research purposes provided they correspond to the criteria laid out in the Department’s acquisition policy.
An annual acquisitions grant makes it possible to fill out the collections as items come up for sale on the market for autograph documents.

The Bibliothèque shares this mission with other local, cantonal, and federal institutions. Feel free to contact the Department of manuscripts and personal archives, which will explain to you the best way to proceed.

Acquisitions areas of the Department of manuscripts and personal archives


The records of families and public figures from Geneva or with a connection to the city

– Archives of families
– Archives and manuscripts of writers
– Archives of theologians, clergy, pastors, especially in the domain of Protestantism
– Archives of scholars, philosophers, researchers in the humanities
– Archives of artists, musicians
– Archives of natural philosophers and scientists
– Archives of figures involved in military, social, or political life (unless they are already part of the Archives d’Etat de Genève or the Archives de la Ville de Genève)
– Archives of notables of every stripe, involved in associations, organized labor, sports, etc. (unless they are already part of the Archives d’Etat de Genève or the Archives de la Ville de Genève)
– Archives of business leaders, industrialists, bankers, tradespeople (unless they are already part of the Archives d’Etat de Genève or the Archives de la Ville de Genève)
– Personal papers, the press, autobiographical writings, correspondence of less well known figures, from poorer backgrounds

The records of private-law groups from Geneva or with a connection to the city
– Archives of associations or various groups located in Geneva or with a connection to the city in the cultural or intellectual field broadly speaking
– Archives of businesses in the printing, publishing, press, or printed word sectors

Autographs
– Individual autographs by public figures from Geneva or with a connection to the city 

Rare manuscripts
– Manuscripts produced in Geneva during the Middle Ages
– Manuscripts that once belonged to Geneva’s ecclesiastical authorities, e.g., bishop, a particular chapter, church, or convent
– Manuscripts that once belonged to a family or public figure from Geneva or with a connection to the city
– Manuscripts collected by a Genevan scholar for study and/or to be used in teaching

Examples of documents that do not fall under the Bibliothèque’s acquisitions policy
– Archives of groups that fall under public or semi-public law; institutionally they are conserved in public archives (Archives d’Etat de Genève, Archives de la Ville de Genève, etc.)
– Archives of a public figure who is not from Geneva, never lived in the city, or had no connection with the city
– Archives of businesses in a field other than the written word, its production and publication

Annual acquisitions lists:

Paule Hochuli Dubuis
Assistant curator
mss.bge(at)ville-ge.ch
T: +41 22 418 28 66

Promenade des Bastions 1
1211 Genève 4

T: +41 22 418 28 00
F: +41 22 418 28 01
info.bge(at)ville-ge[dot]ch



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