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Donald G. Tritt Library and Archives
608-527-6565
Donald G. Tritt Library and Archives
608-527-6565

Swiss Center Finding Aids

A finding aid to an individual collection includes a detailed description of the collection, explains how it is organized, and outlines its contents, listing locations within a collection where relevant materials may be found.
The collections described in these finding aids are non-circulating, and can only be used at the Swiss Center of North America. 
Archival holdings can be accessed by calling or writing in advance with a minimum one-week notice.  We will contact you to schedule an appointment to use the archival material or to talk with the Archivist. 
Not all materials may be available at all times.  Archival materials can only be used within the Swiss Center.
Patrons can also request research to be done by staff; research fee is $20 per hour.
Not all of our holdings are collections with finding aids.
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Finding Aid of the HELVETIA SINGERS / SWISS SINGERS, TOLEDO, OHIO. Protokoll-Buch and Programs, 1923-1937. From Toledo and handwritten in German and English, the Protokoll-Buch records the activities of the Helvetia Singers or as later named, the Swiss Singers, Toledo, Ohio. Dated from 1923-1937, you find references to performances by separate men’s (Helvetia Männerchor or Maennerchor), women’s (Helvetia Damenchor), and mixed choirs (Helvetia Gemischterchor, formed about 1924).

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Helvetia Maennerchor, 1923 Saengerfest in Toledo, OH
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Helvetia Damenchor, Toldeo Saengerfest 1923

Because of the age and fragility of the original Protokoll of the Nord Amerikanischen Gruetli Bundes, a preservation photocopy is available for research use.
The original volume presented by Prof. Donald Tritt, August 31, 2012; transcription of the original volume into modern German presented by Prof. Leo Schelbert, 2014.
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Finding Aid of the NORD AMERIKANISCHEN GRUETLI BUNDES Protokoll, 1865-1870. Handwritten in German and Fraktur, the Protokoll volume records the constitution, by-laws, and minutes, 1865-1870, of the Nord Amerikanischen Gruetli Bundes, a national league of Swiss immigrant societies, founded in 1865 for benevolent or mutual aid purposes.

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Finding Aid to the NORTH AMERICAN SWISS SINGING ALLIANCE Minutes, 1948-2012 Cleveland Swiss Turner Centennial collection, 1915-1996. One cubic foot (three letter sized archives boxes) and 18 photographs.

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It is presumed this collection was compiled from various sources who participated in the activities under the auspices of the Swiss Societies of Cleveland for the occasion of the Cleveland Swiss Turner (officially the Swiss Gymnastic Society) centennial in 1991.
Although materials such as competition and exhibition programs were collected from multiple persons, the most recognizable contributor of objects is Cleveland Swiss Turner Oscar Marki.

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Finding Aid of the DR. ROBERT-LOUIS GASSER papers, 1956-2001 Papers of Dr. Robert-Louis Gasser, sociology professor and Swiss honorary consul for the Denver area. Born to newly separated Swiss nationals, Dr. Gasser was orphaned at thirteen years old and attended school as a ward. He attended the University of Denver on a music scholarship and played the trumpet for school, recreation, and profit including regional and national philharmonics. In the 1950s he pursued an academic career in sociology until finally earning a doctorate. His longest tenures were at Colorado Woman’s College, renamed Temple Buell College, and Metropolitan State University. He was named the first Denver area honorary consul of Switzerland, founded the Swiss-American Friendship Society, and engaged with other Swiss societies. He advocated on behalf of Swiss interests and business, especially Swiss banking, as well as Swiss citizens residing in Colorado and Wyoming. He handed over his consular duties in 1986 and died two years later. Presented by Dr. Karen Gasser in 2006.

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