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Donald G. Tritt Library and Archives
Donald G. Tritt Library and Archives

In the Tritt Archives

A unique and rare example from the Tritt Library and Archives is “Die Grutlianer”. This early Swiss American newspaper was published by the Nord Amerikanischen Gruetli-Bundes. The only other known U.S. copies of this newspaper are held by the New York Public Library. The Swiss Center Holds more editions.
The Nord Amerikanischen Gruetli Bundes minute book is written in German and Fraktur script. It records the constitution, by-laws, and minutes from 1865-1870. The organization was a national league of Swiss immigrant societies, founded in 1865 for benevolent or mutual aid purposes.
Old Dominion University Professors Heinz and Regula Meier donated their extensive holdings written in the four official languages of Switzerland, including nearly 1,000 items documenting the Swiss Abroad (Swiss diaspora), culture, arts, history, and government.   Dr. Heinz Meier, now deceased, was considered the expert on Swiss American relations, and he and his wife published the only existing and comprehensive critically annotated bibliography on Switzerland in English.  
Dr. Karen Gasser donated papers of her father, Dr. Robert-Louis Gasser, former honorary Swiss consul for Colorado and Wyoming, documenting the Swiss American Friendship Society and other Swiss clubs and organizations; the Bethlehem Fathers,  associated with the Switzerland-based Roman Catholic Bethlehem Mission Immensee; and Bruder Klaus, the popular name of St. Nicholas von Flue, the patron saint of Switzerland, as well as photographs and reproductions of original artwork of artist Albert Christen.
The Swiss Center also holds records of the San Francisco and Cleveland Swiss Turners, and of other Swiss arts, fraternal, and gymnastic organizations.
We have microfilmed and hard copies of Swiss American newsletters and newspapers including the “Amerikanische Schweizer Zeitung,” 1884-1982 and “Swiss American Review,” 1973-1986.
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Our oldest rare book is an original 1627 printing of "Helvetiorum Respublica".
This important 17th century treatise was written by renowned Swiss historiam Josias Simmler and Daniel L'Ermite.  Simmler (1530-1576) is considered among the finest early chroniclers of the country of Switzerland.
This work describes the geography, government, history and travel points in Switzerland.
Written in Latin, the book was printed in Leiden, The Netherlands, by the legendary Elzevir (also Elsevier) press which was well known for its pocket-sized editions of the classics and historical works.

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