The Origins and History of a Monastic Archive - St. Gaul (St. Gall/Sankt Gallen) from the Early Middle Ages to the Present

The archive at St. Gaul (St. Gall/Sankt Gallen) was begun around the year 720 CE, and contains around 20,000 original documents, over 2,500 handwritten books, and a collection of seal stamps, maps, and files. Among the many important manuscripts are private charters north of the Alps before the year 1000.

This 8.5-minute video explores the history behind the medieval library and archives at the former monastery of St. Gaul (also referred to as St. Gall or Sankt Gallen). This German-language video is intended for an international audience, and includes subtitles in English and French. Produced by the Stiftsarchiv St. Gallen and originally titled "Das Wunder der Überlieferung" ("The Miracle of Transmission").