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The Manuscripts and Archives Department collects and preserves documents about key personalities or institutions that have had a significant impact on Vaud canton.

Created in 1932, the Manuscripts and archives Department holds over 600 archival collections, a vast number of single items and around 30 mediaeval manuscripts. A collection of maps complete the department’s offer.

Access to resources

We are gradually migrating our resources to Patrinum. For the time being our current databases are still accessible at the following links:

Archival collections

Single items

You can browse our collection of maps through Renouvaud.

We also provide access to dissertations from the Faculties of Arts, Geosciences and Environment, and Social and Political Sciences.

If you cannot find the archival fonds or the document you are looking for, please contact us for further information.


The historical part of the collection comes from the Académie de Lausanne: manuscripts owned by the Académie or its professors and various papers related to their academic work.

The acquisition of important archival fonds from Vaud families and key figures in the canton (professors, politicians, doctors, etc.) has been a priority for the Department since the 1940s. The collection has subsequently been expanded to include archives related to literature, music and fine arts. Artistic production in the broadest sense is represented by the archives of editors or associations.

Access to digitised resources

Digitised resources are available on Patrinum. The platform is constantly increased with new digitised items.

A selection of our mediaeval manuscripts can be accessed on e-codices – Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland.

Donate your archives

If you own documents that you would like to offer to the Manuscripts and Archives Department, we would be delighted to assess the possibility of including them in our collections.

The first step is to consider their relation to Vaud canton from a historical, cultural, political or social perspective Their physical condition is a further point that we take in account. Depending on the criteria mentioned above, we will decide if a part of your offer or all the documents can join our collection.

If needed, temporary restrictions to consult some items can be set out in an agreement signed by both parties.


Fonds de l’ancienne Académie

Le Fonds de l’Académie de Lausanne témoigne du lien entre ses professeurs et la Bibliothèque depuis ses débuts.

Fonds des Cèdres

Les archives et le fonds manuscrit des Cèdres rejoignent le service en plusieurs versements de 1966 à 2011.

Grands fonds d’archives

La collection contient des fonds d’archives de familles et de personnalités marquantes pour la vie du canton de Vaud.

Pièces isolées

Cette collection contient des documents isolés qui complètent les grands fonds d’archives.

Collections artificielles

Ces ensembles réunissent des documents relatifs à une seule personne/entité, mais venant de fonds différents.