Manuscript Department

Rudolf von Ems, Weltchronik, 14th century, shelf mark: Ms. Rh. 15, f. 53v-54r

Rudolf von Ems, Weltchronik, 14th century, shelf mark: Ms. Rh. 15, f. 53v-54r

The Manuscript Department of the Zentralbibliothek Zürich (ZB) was established in 1964 and houses manuscripts dating from the Middle Ages to the modern era. The origins of the collection can be categorised as follows:

Manuscripts of the former City Library (established in 1629)
History, politics, Reformation theology, German literature, education, natural sciences, genealogy and heraldry

Manuscripts of the former Cantonal Library (established in 1835)
Theology, history, literature, natural sciences and music from medieval monasteries (Rheinau, Fraumünster and the Grossmünster)

Manuscripts of the Zentralbibliothek Zürich (acquired since establishment in 1916)
Further acquisition in all subjects.

Gottfried Keller's desk pad, 19th century, shelf mark: Ms. GK 8b (detail)

Gottfried Keller's desk pad, 19th century, shelf mark: Ms. GK 8b (detail)

Special collections of manuscripts
Legacy gifts, autograph collections, collections of letters, publishers', archives, family archives, guild archives, corporate archives, public deeds and honorary degrees, chronicles of Zurich municipalities, Hebrew manuscripts (with Heidenheim collection), Oriental manuscripts

Reference library in Reading Room of Manuscript Department
Literature regarding book and library history, history of papermaking and watermarks, binding history, codicology and palaeography. Printed catalogues of manuscripts held at Swiss and foreign libraries as well as reference works on genealogy and heraldry (City of Zurich)

Address and contact

Zähringerplatz 6
CH-8001 Zurich
Tel +41 44 2683 100
Fax +41 44 2683 290

Opening hours
Monday-Friday 10:00-18:00
Saturday          10:00-16:00

Orders and requests
(at least one day in advance):
E-mail: Manuscripts

Head of Manuscript Department
Anett Lütteken, PD Dr.

Deputy
Rainer Walter, M.A.

Staff
Christine Baur, M.A.
Chris Bünter
Gunnar Dalvit, M A
Stephanie Maerchy, M A
Christoph Rupp
Dorothee Ryser, M A
Monica Seidler-Hux, M A
Gabriele Wohlgemuth

Project Staff
Florian Christen, M A