Donald G. Tritt Library
Named for one of the founders of the Swiss Center and one of its
most generous benefactors, the Donald G. Tritt Library is collecting
the artifacts and books of those who journeyed from Switzerland to
The growing collection already contains of over 8,000 volumes on
Swiss history, immigration, art, science, education, business and
contemporary life. The collection contains rare books, papers, letters
and other artifacts donated by individuals and Swiss organizations. Its
earliest book is a history of Switzerland, published by the Elzevir
Press in 1627 in Latin.
Continually expanding, this collection will give genealogical and
historical researchers access to a range of information pertaining to
Swiss contributions to the world community.
Some of the most prominent
those of Professor Donald Tritt, Professor Regula and Heinz Meier, the Swiss Institute of New York, and from Dr. Karen Gasser of Colorado her father's archives which includes books, personal papers and other items from Robert-Louis Gasser, once
the Honorary Swiss Consul in Denver.
Artifacts of the immigration experience are available as well as photographs and framed memorabilia, prints and maps of
Switzerland and records of Turner and Schwingen Clubs from across North
America.Learn about Tritt Library donations by clicking here
The History of the Schweizer Turn Verein, San Francisco
Within the Tritt Library we have a growing number of letters and historical reports on the Swiss who moved from coast to coast on their way to find their home in North America. The following comes from the Swiss Gymnastic Club of San Francisco--after it could no longer continue, except in memory. The Club dissolved in 2005.
Our thanks to Paul Scherrer for providing documentation of the club's history.
The Sister Republics Exhibit
The Swiss Center of North America is home to The Sister Republics Exhibit, commemorating the long relationship between two of the world's oldest democracies.