60,000 images of high industrial-cultural value freely accessible

Zürich, 5 Viadukte, 1977
Zürich, 5 Viadukte, 1977

ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Fotograf: Bärtschi, Hans-Peter / SIK_01-008780 / CC BY-SA 4.0 Zürich, 5 Viadukte, Ae 3/6I mit Eb 3/5, 1977]

ETH Library’s Image Archive has published the first 60 000 images belonging to industrial historian Dr Hans-Peter Bärtschi from the period 1965–2005.

An architecture graduate from ETH Zurich, not only did Dr Hans-Peter Bärtschi explore the industrial culture in Switzerland with its labour and social history. His excursions also took him to all the countries in Western and Eastern Europe, and most of North and South America. Moreover, he travelled the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and a selection of countries in Africa. In doing so, the well-known industrial archaeologist documented industry and its workers in around 260 000 photographs, focusing in particular on railways.

In 2014 ETH Library took over the entire photograph archive from the foundation Stiftung Industriekultur (external link). The extensive collection has been catalogued, properly conserved and digitised in ETH Library’s Image Archive, and Hans-Peter Bärtschi is describing the contents of the images. The project is being funded by Zurich’s Lotteriefonds.

The images are fully available to the public on the platform E-Pics Bildarchiv Online (external link).


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