The Swiss egodocuments database is the result of several projects funded by the SNF. The first one called Deutschschweizerische Selbstzeugnisse (1500-1800) als Quellen der Mentalitätsgeschichte, was led from 1996 to 2003 first at the University of Zurich and then at the University of Basel under the supervision of Prof. Kaspar von Greyerz. L’éducation domestique au miroir des écrits personnels en Suisse romande (1750-1820), and Valorisation scientifique des écrits personnels de l’époque moderne en Suisse latine (1500-1820), was both directed, from 2011 to 2018, by Danièle Tosato-Rigo (University of Lausanne).
This database records egodocuments written from 1500 to 1820 spread in the main swiss archives and librairies (see List of institutions).
Egodocuments refers to texts which are about the writer himself or herself, his or her relatives and close society. It can be autobiographies, diaries, travel diaries, chronicles and family books. Although letters are egodocuments too, they were ignored for practical reasons with the exception of copy books, written down for many years.
This database isn’t an exhaustive inventory. It mainly sheds light on politic of conservation of archives and library of the different cantons. Only one part of documents identified in the context of the various FNS projects are described in this database. Their number is still increasing, thanks to the network of associate members of Egodocuments.ch and the valuable collaboration of the institutions involved.
Scientific manager :
Sylvie Moret Petrini, University of Lausanne
Directors of the SNF projects :
Kaspar von Greyerz, University of Basel
Danièle Tosato-Rigo, University of Lausanne
Research Associates :
Sebastian Leutert, University of Basel
Gudrun Piller, University of Basel
Lorenz Heiligensetzer, University of Basel
Fiona Fleischner, University of Lausanne
Maïla Kocher Girinshuti, University of Lausanne
Miriam Nicoli, University of Lausanne
Temporary employees :
Roland Hofer, statesarchivs, Schaffhouse
Urs Martin Zahnd, University of Berne
Nathalie Dahn, University of Lausanne
Lucas Rappo, University of Lausanne
Jacqueline Frey, University of Lausanne, Centre informatique
Isabelle Moullet, University of Lausanne, Centre informatique