Access to the records

For copyright reasons, MEMOBASE cannot offer direct access to all content.

The records indexed in MEMOBASE are not centrally stored – they are located in various institutions throughout Switzerland. Each record’s location is indicated in the metadata’s detail view. The physical storage location and the copyright conditions are described under the Dublin Core element "source". The signature number or the order number – if any – are listed under the element "resource identifier".

Under “links to other resources”, some photography collections include a link to low-resolutions photos that are accessible online.

The radio recordings listed in MEMOBASE are stored in the Swiss National Sound Archives in Lugano and may be listened in listening spots. Broadcast recordings of "Echo der Zeit" are also accessible at the Swiss Federal Archives SFA in Bern.

A large part of the television collections are accessible through the Swiss Federal Archives SFA in Bern. They include:

  • Continents sans visa, TSR,  1959-1969 
  • Il Regionale, RTSI,  1958 - 1984 
  • Journal romand, TSR, 1981-1986 
  • Regionalmagazine, SF, 1958-1989   
  • Tagesschau - Téléjournal - Telegiornale, 1957-1989 
  • Téléjournal, TSR, 1980-1991 
  • Tagesschau, SF, Okt. 1999 - Dez. 2007

The following film collections are also available from the SFA:

  • Ciné-journal, 1923-1936 
  • Schweizer Filmwochenschau, 1940-1975 
  • Film archives of the Schweizerischen Arbeiterbildungszentrale SABZ

To access recordings from these collections, you can print out an order form directly in MEMOBASE. The ordering and viewing process is handled by the Swiss Federal Archives SFA. For information on office hours, user conditions and locator maps, go to

You may make personal copies on VHS video cassette; the Swiss National Sound Archives have set up a workstation for this purpose. You must bring your own empty VHS cassettes.
On request, the Swiss Federal Archives SFA will make a VHS copy for you. Charges per order: The first 1-3 sequences cost Fr. 40.00, each additional sequence is Fr. 10.00. Please ask for information about shipping times in the reading room (Lesesaal).