Archives of Rural History / Switzerland

The Archives of Rural History (AHR) is an independent, scientific institution engaged in archiving historical records and in conducting historical research. Since its foundation in 2002 it has become the centre for rural history in Switzerland. The AHR  additionally continues to maintain a range of exchanges with historical and archival institutions in Europe and elsewhere.

We systematically search for, collect and catalogue records relating to the history of agriculture and rural society in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. So far the historical records of 170 institutions, organisations and individuals, extending to more than 1,500 linear meters, have been catalogued and made accessible to researchers for scientific purposes. As a virtual archive, the ARH does not store the catalogued archival records itself, but rather deposits the collections in existing public archives or, alternatively, returns them to the owners-creators  as private archives. For each collection a catalogue is created. This finding aid functions as a key in identifying the individual items contained in the files of the collection. Each catalogue is published as a pdf-file in the online-database Records of Rural History.

Besides archiving historical records, the ARH is actively engaged in conducting historical research. We initiate and undertake research projects in our own right as well as participate in bigger ventures on a national and international level. At the moment we are conducting a research project on the subject of the agrarian-industrial knowledge society.