Improved online retrieval of personal papers at the ETH Zurich University Archives
In the past, the detailed information on documents in the personal papers of the ETH Zurich University Archives was scattered among a card catalogue, paper inventories and the archival database. Now that the Mass Indexing and Retroconversion (MaRek) project has been completed, consistent and advanced access is ensured. As of April 2019, all information can be searched via the Online Archival Database (external link) or the ETH Library Search Portal (external link). A total of 1,893 private collections were catalogued, consolidated and imported into the archival database in the course of the project.
Thanks to the transferred catalogue card information in the archival database, historically relevant documents such as the files of the first director of the Swiss Polytechnic (external link), Josef Wolfgang von Deschwanden, or the diaries of the much-travelled petroleum geologist Arnold Heim (external link) can now be found and accessed more easily.