ⓘ Wickiana

                                     

ⓘ Wickiana

The Wickiana is recognized as one of the most significant collections of news reports and documents pertaining to current events dating from the 16th century in the form of single-leaf and illustrated broadsheets, pamphlets, prints, handwritten texts and drawings. These time capsules form one of the most important archives pertaining to a particular epoch, namely that of the Reformation in Switzerland. Johann Jakob Wick, after whom the collection is named, was the clergyman at the Predigerkirche and its associated hospital in Zurich from 1552 and then second Archdeacon, and thus also canon, at the Grossmunster in Zurich from 1557. He assembled and arranged contemporary news documents chronologically between 1559 and 1588, also integrating further material from the period running approximately from 1505 until 1559 into his collection.