e-manuscripta.ch provides Swiss libraries and archives with a presentation tool for digitized manuscripts of all kinds. The spectrum ranges from text manuscripts (single and collective), through to correspondence by individuals and institutions, but also comprises music, manuscript maps, and graphic material. The documents are selected and digitized locally by the various institutions concerned, and subsequently present on this website. In December 2015 almost 42.000 items were available. They date from the 10th to the 21st century, although most come from the period 1500-2000.
The collection can be searched by keyword. It is also possible to browse the collection (by author/contributor, recipient(s), place of creation, year of creation, or new titles), and refine by filters.
Items are shown in high definition, and can be downloaded in PDF format. They are accompanied by a core set of metadata, while for a more detailed description the respective library catalogues and archive databases should be consulted.
The platform was developed as a collaborative project involving three Swiss university libraries, the Zentralbibliothek Zürich, the Universitätsbibliothek Basel and the ETH-Bibliothek. Since its inception, further institutions have made their holdings available.