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The Palazzo Castelmur houses Bregaglia’s historical archive (Archivio storico della Bregaglia). The archive and the Ciäsa Granda Museum belong to the Cultural Society of Bregaglia, Section Pgi. The goal of this documentation center is to collect and store primary sources related to local history and to make this data available to the public. The largest part of the archive is made up of individual documents and private collections acquired from Bregaglian families. These documents include purchase, lease and barter agreements, as well as appraisals, wills, inventory lists, estate distributions, account activities, passports, certificates, correspondence and diaries. In addition, there are public documents such as case records, judgements and municipal records that were found in private hands. These documents cover a time frame of more than 400 years, starting at the end of the 16th century and on until the end of the 20th century. The most numerous are from the 18th andThe largest part of the archive is made up of individual documents and private collections acquired from Bregaglian families. These documents include purchase, lease and barter agreements, as well as appraisals, wills, inventory lists, estate distributions, account activities, passports, certificates, correspondence and diaries. In addition, there are public documents such as case records, judgements and municipal records that were found in private hands. These documents cover a time frame of more than 400 years, starting at the end of the 16th century and on until the end of the 20th century. The most numerous are from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Bregaglian emigration is extensively documented.

The historical archive is an important addition to the Bregaglia municipality and parish public archives’ ancestral resources. It also houses a rich photography collection (currently being digitized) and a small library with books about Bregaglia’s history and emigration. You will also find numerous interpretative boards and objects on permanent display at the «Virtually a Nation of Confectioners» exhibit in Palazzo Castelmur.

Most of the resources are organized in an accessible database. A link will lead you to the updated version of the inventory. Currently, the photography collection and books are only available on-site. The historical archive of Bregaglia exists as a result of private donations and loans.

If you are interested in donating resources to the historical archive regarding Bregaglian history, the emigration of café owners and confectioners of Graubunden ancestory, please contact Gian Andrea Walther: info@castelmur.ch · Tel. +41 81 822 15 54 (during opening hours at Palazzo Castelmur) or +41 81 822 11 34.

 

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Inventario Archivio storico della Bregaglia, documenti PDF; ultimo aggiornamento ottobre 2016