Cultural History, History of Mentalities

Foundation for the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC)


The study of the iconographic representations of the ancient myths and legends being designated as classical mythology was the main objective pursued by the Foundation for the LIMC.

Its first task was the preparation and publication of the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC - illustrated lexicon about the ancient myths), completed in 1999.

The digital archives of the Foundation for the LIMC can be accessed through the following databases :

Library and archives of the World Council of Churches (WCC) - Online archives catalog

The database faciliates online researches in the holdings of the World Council of Churches archives.

Library and archives of the World Council of Churches (WCC) - Online inventories

The inventories of the following holdings of the library and archives of the World Council of Churches (WCC) are online available in the PDF format:

  • Archives of the World Council of Churches in formation (1938-1948)
  • Archives of the World Council of Churches, as from 1948 (Correspondence of the General Secretariat, Assemblies, Central and Executive Committees, Divisions, Departments, Secretariats and Programmes)
  • Faith and Order, from 1910
  • Life and Work, from 1925
  • World Alliance for Promoting Friendship through the Churches (1906-1948)
  • International Missionary Council (1910-1961)
  • World Student Christian Federation, from the end of the 19th century
  • Programme to Combat Racism
  • Ecumenical Commission for the Chaplaincy Service to Prisoners of War
  • Relations with the Roman Catholic Church
  • Christian Medical Commission
  • Consultation on the Church and the Jewish People (CCJP)

Printed books of the 15th and 16th centuries in Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel (GLN 15-16)

GLN 15-16 is a bibliography of books published in the 15th and 16th centuries in the cities of Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel, plus the city of Morges.

Arabic Papyrology Scool (e-learning course for the work with arabic document)

The Arabic Papyrology School is an e-learning tool, which provides an introduction to the work with arabic sources.

Federal Archives of historic monuments (FAHM)


The EAD collections focus mainly on documentation of government-backed measures in the areas of the preservation of historical monuments , the protection of historical sites, and archaeology. The EAD holds documents from the Federal Commission for Monument Preservation (EKD), the Cultural Heritage and Historical Monuments section of the Federal Office of Culture (FOC), federal experts, and key people or institutions active in this area.

Münchhausen Library

The Münchhausens library documents the phenomenon Münchhausen for the time of 1760 till today.

It intends to unite publications into as many languages as possible, to get hold of original editions of the early time and to the literary sources and to provide evidence of the treatment of the material in different media.

There exists none publicly accessible catalogue. Now and then appear lists of branches on the website.



The museum contains the most comprehensive collection of historical and artistic documents, accounts and miscellanea spanning six centuries relating to the Swiss patriot William Tell.

Swiss Federal Archives (SFA) - Selected topics

The Swiss Federal Archives (SFA) provide in-depth historical information and research tips on selected current topics or topics which are frequently sought after. Selected topics are:

Family History
Emigration and immigration
Homeless and travellers in Switzerland
Enforced welfare measures in Switzerland
The State authorities
The Old Swiss Confederacy
Modern Switzerland
Foreign policy since 1848
The history of the Swiss Army
Intelligence services and state security
Other themes in the history of Switzerland
The First World War in Switzerland
Second World War
The Swiss economy between market and state
History of transport
Special documents
Photos, plans, film and audio

lectio difficilior - European Electronic Journal for Feminist Exegesis

Lectio difficilior is a European refereed journal for feminist exegesis, hermeneutics and related disciplines (classical philology, archeology, egyptology, studies of the ancient Near Middle East, ancient history, history of art, social sciences, psychology, e.a.).

It appears twice a year in Bern as electronic journal and is accessible online without restrictions or costs. lectio difficilior is a referred journal. Articles are published in German, English or French.


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