The Swiss National Sound Archives with its headquarters in Lugano is the sound archives of Switzerland and is responsible for safeguarding the sound heritage of our country.
It was created in 1987 as a foundation under private law. In January 2016 the foundation was dissolved and the Phonotheque was integrated with the Federal Office of Culture as "Swiss National Sound Archives Section" of the Swiss National Library.
The Swiss National Sound Archives collects and catalogs audio documents, both in music and in spoken word, that have a relationship with the Swiss history and culture. For example: recordings of classical, rock, jazz, and folk music, audio books, tales, theater plays, interviews, research documents (field recordings), or private collections.