Time and again, the Iron Library is asked by private individuals and institutions from Switzerland and abroad to take possession of books and journals. The reasons for this are varied: be it because they are duplicates from other libraries, or because a particular estate is being broken up.

If the titles in question fit into the collection profile of the Iron Library and enrich the holdings in a meaningful way, the Iron Library is happy to accept donations - within the framework of its personnel and spatial capacities. The donors can be sure that they are entrusting their donations to a library that will continue to preserve and make available evidence of technical heritage in printed form and on paper.

Donations to the Iron Library

In contrast to the special collections, the donated books are not cataloged and placed separately, but are classified into systematic groups according to content criteria.

Below you will find a selection of the more extensive donations to the Iron Library. At the beginning the origin of the donation is stated (if necessary the mediating authority), followed by a brief description of the content of the media received.

2020
  • Prof. Dr. Dietrich Braun, Darmstadt, Germany - Books and journals on plastics
  • Tuchschmid AG, Frauenfeld, Switzerland– Books and journals on iron working and the industrial history of Switzerland
  • Dr. Bernhard Droste, Teltow, Germany – Various publications on material quality testing as well as the complete run of the International Journal of Radioactive Materials Transport
2010-2019

2019

  • GF Casting Solutions, Schaffhausen - Foundry magazines

2018

  • Library of the HSR, Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, Rapperswil - Plastics Technology
  • Institute for Plastic Technology, University of Stuttgart, Germany - complete series of the Stuttgart plastics colloquium

2017

  • Katrin Wallheinke, Technology Center, GF Piping Systems, Schaffhausen - Plastics technology

2016

  • Prof. Dr. Dietrich Braun, Darmstadt, Germany - Plastics
  • Oskar Baldinger, Umiken – Industrial history, industrial archaeology

2015

  • John Morgan, Berry Hill, Coleford, United Kingdom - Plastics
  • Günter Lattermann, Bayreuth, Germany - Plastics

2014

  • Alusuisse [mediated by Docuteam/Swiss Economic Archive, Basel] -Alumininium technology, economic history
  • Peter Kunz, Schaffhausen – Railways in the USA
  • George Mourlon, former employee of a foundry company, Paris - French foundry magazines
  • Siegfried Wagner, art blacksmith, Wolframs-Eschenbach, Germany - blacksmithing art, forging technology
  • City Archive Biel – Swiss economic history
  • Library of Business Administration, University of Zurich - Encyclopedia Americana

2013

  • Cornel Doswald, Zurich - Archaeology and History of Iron
  • Library of the Military Academy at the ETH Zurich (MILAK), Birmensdorf - Welding Technology

2012

  • Michael Darby, Great Britain - Iron and Steel History

2010

  • H. Tillmann, Germany – Casting
  • Jürg Zimmermann, Schaffhausen – Railways
  • Max Ruh, Schaffhausen – magazine " Hegau - Zeitschrift für Geschichte, Volkskunde und Naturgeschichte des Gebietes zwischen Rhein, Donau und Bodensee"
  • Estate of Henych, former foundry engineer at Georg Fischer Ltd - foundry business (in Czech)
2000-2009

2009

  • Walter Bieri, Zurich - Forging
  • Cornel Doswald, Bremgarten – Archaeology and History of Technology (in French, Spanish, English and German)
  • Herr Barb, Schaffhausen – Italian works on the art of blacksmithing

2008

  • Heinrich Hofacker, Gockhausen – Iron and bridge construction
  • Monika Blaser, Winterthur – Tin
  • Georg-Agricola-Gesellschaft – Industrial Archaeology

2007

  • Emiko Nakazawa, Japan – Japanese translation of "Die Geschichte des Eisens in technischer und kulturgeschichtlicher Beziehung" (The history of iron in technical and cultural-historical terms)
  • Lambert Moschet – Mechanical Engineering, Swiss Industry
  • Vreni Nadig – "Stahl und Eisen" (journal)
  • Axel Hamm – Foundry and metal science
  • Helene Soguel – Film and photography

2006

  • Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG, Winterthur – Journals on the subjects of materials engineering, metallurgy, geodetics, materials testing
  • Museum Association Schaffhausen - "Mit Eisen- und Stahlguss zum Erfolg"
  • Rudolf Burkolter, Arbon – Magazines on the subjects of steel and iron, metallurgy, iron research, metallurgy, foundry
  • Christian Guler, Klosters – Sanitary facilities, installation technology, locksmith trade, steam systems, boilers, history of hygiene
  • Masayoshi Amatatsu, Japan – Iron and steel
  • Urs Werner, Schaffhausen – Metallurgy, aluminium, foundry, pipelines, steel industry plants in Japan, welding, copper, measuring and testing technology, fittings

2005

  • Museum Achse, Rad und Wagen – Magazine "Achse, Rad und Wagen" (Axle, Wheel and Carriage), history of land vehicles
  • Hans-Joachim Böhm – Stainless steel production, high-speed steels, malleable cast iron, iron, metallurgy, cast iron, heat engineering
  • Georg Fischer Automotive, Singen – Magazines on the subjects of electrical engineering, foundry, steel and iron, iron metallurgy

2004

  • Renato Esseiva, Winterthur und Elisabeth Beugger-Schild, Reinach – various magazines, history of technology, crafts, plastics technology, mechanical engineering, metals, technology, chemistry, transportation, automation, military
  • Archive SBB Historic, Berne - Journals and journals for drive technology, construction, materials testing, hydraulics and pneumatics, electricity and lake, rails of the world, Schweizer Industrieblatt, Sulzer Horizonte, The Motorship, Die Volkswirtschaft, Engineering, Nickel
  • ThyssenKrupp AG Konzernarchiv, Duisburg – Employee Magazines
  • Jürg Zimmermann, Schaffhausen – Railway, weapons, wars
  • Alain Nussbaumer, EPF Lausanne – Profile iron, steel construction tables
  • Peter Fehlmann, Zollikofen – hydraulic engineering, iron production and deposits, mining
  • Alfried Krupp, Essen [mediated by Ralf Stremmel] – History of the House of Krupp

2003

  • Josef Bossy, Thun – Ferrous metallurgy, mechanical engineering
  • Rico Deola, Neuhausen – GF Corporate News
  • Margaret Graf, Schaffhausen – Photographs and printed matter of Georg Fischer Ltd
  • Jörn Bibern – Magazine "Foundry"
  • Karl-Heinz Schütt – Magazine  "Konstruieren + Giessen"
  • Schaffhausen City Library - "Steel and iron"
  • Walter Tschumi, Losone – Catalog of works ovenware
  • Heinrich Zwicky, Zurich - Meyer's Conversational Dictionary

2002

  • Winfried Hamich, Darmstadt – Technology and Society
  • Max Ruh, Schaffhausen – Sulzer works magazine
1999 and earlier

1989

  • Jürg Peter, Schaffhausen – Tin figures

1987

  • Schweizerischer Stahlhandelsverband – Iron trade