Early history of the Swiss National Sound Archives Foundation
Twelve years of patience
On 27 October 1972, Robert Wyler - at that time departmental manager of special collections at the Swiss National Library - wrote in a report: "The Swiss National Library heartily welcomes all efforts which lead to the establishment of a Swiss sound archives. At the moment, it has neither the personnel nor the premises to be able to carry out such a task on its own."
The sound archives come into being
The real existence of the Swiss National Sound Archives began on a late-summer day - 17 August 1984 - in Morges with the first general assembly of the establishment association. The executive board was complemented by Armando Zoppi (Lugano communal secretary) and Vital Hauser (SIG director) at this assembly. In addition, an advisory board - with Jacques Goy (sound technician at Radio Suisse Romande), Clau Solèr (from the University of Zurich Phonogram Archives), Ticino composer Carlo Florindo Semini (who had advocated accommodation of the sound archives in Ticino) as well as Robert Wyler and Hans-Rudolf Dürrenmatt - was appointed. Kurt Deggeller was ultimately elected as director.
The first Board of Trustees
- Canton Ticino (founder)
- City of Lugano (founder)
- Société Suisse de Radiodiffusion et Télévision - SRG SSR (the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation) (founder)
- Société Suisse pour les droits des auteurs d'oeuvres musicales - SUISA (the Swiss Society for music copyrights) (founder)
- Union Suisse des Artistes Musiciens (USDAM) (founder)
- International Federation of Producers of Videograms and Phonograms, Svizzera (IFPI) (founder)
- Federal Department of the Interior (DFI)