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

Swiss Center Material Collections

The Swiss Center of North America is devoted to the preservation of the artifacts that document the history of the Swiss migration to and settlement of the U.S. and Canada. The Tritt Library and Archives includes the objects on immigration including photographs, clothing, post cards, quilts, furniture, musical instruments and much more.
Some items have been found at auction or thrift stores.  Before you give away these artificats of your family, talk to the Swiss Center about whether donating is a better thing to do.  Call 608-527-6565 or e-mail at

In 2009, the Tritt Library and Archives received the “Suisse” collection of William and Ruth Hubrich.
The collection included the couple’s Swiss artwork, hand-painted furniture as well as Kreuzstich pattern books (books of old traditional needlework techniques); privately printed works containing authentic drawings and methods of making equipment and rural Swiss housing known as “Der Heimatwerkbote” developed at the “Heimatwerkschule Richterswill”; and spoken dialect recordings  of Swiss German.

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Our Material Collections includes artifacts and items of material culture such as clothing, textiles, folk and fine art, household furnishings, products of science and technology, objects representative of the immigrant experience, and musical instruments of Swiss origin.
Enjoy a visual trip through some of our pieces in the Swiss Center's Material Collections.

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