Our OSA representative Roland Isler informed members at the recent Swiss Club General Meeting that our very own history book ‘The first 100 Years of the Swiss Club of Victoria’ will be added to the OSA records in the Swiss Federal archives.

Handwritten letters and postcards are part of the archived documents

This comes timely as the records of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA), dating back nearly 100 years documenting its activities and the experiences of the Swiss expatriate community, are being dusted off for inclusion in the Federal Archives.

Stored in the attic of the OSA headquarters in Bern, historian Florian Baccaunaud is examining the final bunch of records, dating from the period between 1994 and 2000, so that 100 years of documents may be ready in their entirety in time for the organisation’s centenary in 2016.

Baccaunaud, a dual Swiss/French national with a BA from Bordeaux University, has been given three months to go through the hundreds of documents stored under the roof of the OSA building. He decides which papers to keep for posterity, and how to file them according to their contents in a digitalised register and has until the beginning of September to wrap up his work.

“The forthcoming centenary encouraged us to push ahead in order to ease access to documents for researchers so that a history of the OSA could be written by 2016,” OSA director Rudolf Wyder says.

To read the complete article by Sonia Fenanzzi which appeared in the September issue of the Edelweiss newsletter, become a member of the Swiss Club today and receive your copy delivered to your mailbox.