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Bern, Switzerland documents collection

Call Number: MS 905

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of original documents and a volume of copied documents pertaining to the city of Bern, Switzerland, and to Cormont Commune, covering the years 1476 to 1798. The French seized Bern on March 5, 1798, and it subsequently became part of the Helvetian Republic under French control. It seems likely that these documents were compiled and copies made during or shortly after 1798 as a result of the change in government.

The majority of the documents, which are all in French except for a few German items, are copies making up the single-volume manuscript record of decrees, ordinances, and statutes of the Bern city council and chancellery. Copies of two fifteenth-century items are included, with the remainder dating originally between 1652 and 1795. The volume seems to have been compiled shortly after the occupation of the city.

The balance of the collection consists of original documents relating to military expenditures of Ormont (a commune in the Vaud canton) and Bern during the 1700s, and includes accounts, records of loans between the two governments, receipts for funds paid, and a document canceling outstanding debts due to loss of records during the struggle with the French.


  • 1764-1798

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Leonard Bacon, 1936.


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Chiefly a volume of copies of the decrees, ordinances, and statutes of the Bern city council and chancellery, probably compiled shortly after the French conquest of Bern in 1798. Also in the papers are original documents relating to military expenditures of Ormont (Vaud canton) and Bern in the 1700s.

Guide to the Bern, Switzerland, Documents Collection
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
June 1983
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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