The Robert Walser Foundation Bern owns the copyrights to the works of Robert Walser, Carl Seelig and Josef Halperin. The administration has been delegated to various partners and copyright societies.

Printing Rights, Audio Books

In 1977, the Robert Walser Foundation Bern (formerly the Carl Seelig Foundation) transferred the exclusive rights for the reproduction and distribution of Robert Walser’s work to Suhrkamp-Verlag.

Suhrkamp-Verlag (Pappelallee 78-79, D-10437 Berlin, Germany) grants the rights to Robert Walser’s works for all print media, i.e., newspapers, magazines, anthologies, as well as translations. Suhrkamp also grants the rights for the reproduction of texts for audio books.

Suhrkamp-Verlag, Contact

Suhrkamp-Verlag, Permissions

Readings, Dramatizations

Performance and presentation rights, i.e., for dramatic and musical works, film adaptations, radio plays or general radio adaptations, readings, etc., are granted by the SSA (Société des Auteurs), Lausanne, in consultation with the Robert Walser Foundation Bern.

SSA (Société Suisse des Auteurs)
Schweizerische Autorengesellschaft
Rue Centrale 12/14
C.p. 7463
CH-1002 Lausanne, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 21 313 44 55
Fax: +41 21 313 44 56

Contact person: Cécile Buclin

Image Rights

Keystone manages the rights to the images of Robert Walser (including facsimiles) as well as the photographs of Carl Seelig.

The Keystone website provides a selection of images.

Grubenstrasse 45
CH-8045 Zürich, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 44 200 13 36
Fax.: +41 44 200 13 34

Contact person: Vanessa de Maddalena
E-mail: vdemaddalena(at)

All images must carry the following copyright notice:
© Keystone / Robert Walser-Stiftung Bern

Audio Recordings

Composers who are interested in a musical setting based on one of Robert Walser’s works should contact the copyright society SUISA. The Robert Walser Center is responsible for any relevant statements of agreement. SUISA will send you the necessary application form.

Schweizerische Gesellschaft für die Reche der Urheber musikalischer Werke
Bellariastrasse 82
Postfach 782
CH-8038 Zürich, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 44 485 66 66
Fax: +41 44 482 43 33

Copyrights, Karl Walser

The Eidgenössische Gottfried Keller-Stiftung (The Gottfried Keller Foundation) owns the rights to Karl Walser’s work. These rights are now managed by the Neues Museum Biel (NMB).

NMB Neues Museum Biel
Geschichte Kunst Archäologie
Schüsspromenade 24 – 28
Seevorstadt 50 – 56
CH-2501 Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

Tel.: +41 32 328 70 30/31
Fax: +41 32 328 70 35