1) Create an archive by collecting documents and artifacts relating to Swiss involvement in North American life and history.
2) Create a reference library pertaining to Swiss American history, immigration studies and contemporary culture.
3) Promote Swiss genealogical research.
Our Swiss ancestors brought their culture and heritage with them. Don't throw the past away. The Donald G. Tritt Archives and Library wants to save the papers, documents and items that tell the Swiss emigration story. Share with us so others can learn and experience the Swiss story.
There are more than 10,000 books in our Tritt Library and Archives. We have 100 year old colorized prints from Switzerland; sterioviews of Switzerland produced by American companies during the late 1800's to early 1900's; and antique marketing and advertising documents. The list continues and we are proud of what is held within our library and archives.
Our Material Collection includes 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.
The "Suisse" Collection includes Swiss artwork, hand-painted furniture, Kreuzstich pattern books (books of old traditional needlework techniques), privately printed works containing authentic drawings and methods of making equipment, and spoken dialect recordings of Swiss German.
In the Donald G.Tritt Library you will find some 10,000 books, magazines and more. Subjects include Swiss heritage, Swiss settlements, genealogy, history, art, biographies, economics, dialect, fiction and nonfiction. Materials are published in the four official languages of Switzerland, Swiss German dialect, and English.
Materials relating to Swiss genealogy and Swiss Americans include Leo Schelbert and Hedwig Rappolt’s Alles ist Ganz anders Hier; Berne Centennial 1852-1952; and Susann Bosshard Kalin’s Emigrant Paths: Encounters with 20th Century Swiss Americans.
Susan Young's grandfather is shown above with the Datweiler Family Bible. The bible was donated by Susan Young of Houston,TX.
Printed in Loerrach, Switzerland the bible was presented to Andrew and Susanna Datweiler November 13, 1753, when they married in Biel, Canton Bern.
Family bibles play an important role in preserving family histories as well as being a potential source of vital records.
We ask potential donors to consider the expense of building and maintaining an award-winning library and archival collection. As a non-profit organization we must raise money to maintain safe, clean, and stable exhibition, storage, and work spaces.
Your financial support is truly important to our goals.
Please contact the Swiss Center if you have any questions about your family or organization's historical records, photographs, books and other items.
All donations are unconditional and unrestricted gifts to the Swiss Center of North America. For some items, the Swiss Center will require a standard Deed of Gift form that is signed and dated by the donor and Swiss Center staff. This form will transfer legal ownership of the items to the Swiss Center and will be retained as a permanent record.
Physical transfer of the donation is the responsibility of the donor including paying for any shipping, handling, insurance or freight charges.
Because it is considered a conflict of interest for archives and libraries to make appraisals, donors who want such appraisals must hire a private disinterested third party. It is the donors responsibility to pay for an appraisal.