Swiss Center Library
Within the Donald G. Tritt Library you will find approximately 9,000 titles from or about Switzerland, or the Swiss experience in the new world. The public is welcome to use these resources for on-premises research.
Subjects include Swiss settlements in the United States, genealogy, history, art, biographies, economics, dialect, fiction and nonfiction. The public is welcome to use these resources for on-premises research.
Materials are written or published in the four official languages of Switzerland, Swiss German dialect, and English.
Materials relating to Swiss genealogy and Swiss Americans include Leo Schelbert and Hedwig Rappolt’s Alles ist Ganz anders Hier; Berne Centennial 1852-1952; and Susann Bosshard Kalin’s Emigrant Paths: Encounters with 20th Century Swiss Americans.
The history and stories of the earliest Swiss in North American can be found in Prominent Americans of Swiss Origin by the Swiss-American Historical Society; Albert B Faust’s 1916 Guide to the Materials for American History in Swiss and Austrian Archives.
You will find titles regarding Swiss Americans in states with significant Swiss populations including, California, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
The Library’s collections are available onsite during business hours to researchers, genealogists, students, and the general public, and through staff and volunteer assistance via phone, email.
The Tritt Library and Archives has undergone a remarkable transformation in the past five years.
In 2010, we received a grant from the Dr. Scholl Foundation to begin the inventory of our collection. It allowed the hiring of Alex Champion, a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student completing studies in archival administration.
Champion drafted a standard library collection policy, and archival acquisition and preservation policies. He also began the inventory of the Tritt Library’s holdings. Champion also arranged and described the Center’s historical records and photos according to archival standards and prepared finding aids.
Since 2012, Swiss Center President Beth Zurbuchen and volunteer Elaine Higham, an English major from Brigham Young University, continue to inventory new donations.
Contact the Swiss Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-527-6565 to discuss possible donations.
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