ZÜRICH James Joyce Foundation

About the Foundation

The Zurich James Joyce Foundation was established in 1985 with a view to keeping alive the memory and work of the Irish writer James Joyce for the literary world in general, and in particular for Zurich, where Joyce spent some important creative years and where he died.

Our History

In the early seventies, Jury’s Hotel in Dame Street, in the old part of Dublin, had to make way for civic development and the Victorian interior of Jury’s Antique Bar was put up for auction. Joyce had known this bar in his youth, and it is mentioned in his works (“Barmaid in Jury’s” in Ulysses). The interior was brought to Zurich, where it was reopened in Pelikanstrasse as the James Joyce Pub in 1978. The following year, it served as official meeting place for participants of the 7th International James Joyce Symposium, thus connecting Joyce’s name once again with the Bahnhofstrasse, which had already featured in a poem he had written in 1918.

A few years later, when Fritz Senn’s collection of Joyceana — probably the most comprehensive of its kind in Europe — was in danger of being scattered across the Atlantic, it became clear that an ideal solution would be to open it to scholars and the public at large as an active research center. Renée Wolf, then Secretary of the UBS Jubilee Foundation, initiated the idea of a Zurich James Joyce Foundation, and with the commitment of former UBS chairman Dr. Robert Holzach, it was formally established in spring 1985. The former Union Bank of Switzerland provided the necessary initial statutory capital and covered the expenses for the upkeep of the Institute for the first six years of its existence. We are grateful to the efforts of Dr. Robert Holzach, who encouraged leading industrialists as well as the Canton of Zurich to make substantial

The Foundation is most grateful for donations to maintain this unique place as an archive, a research centre, and a meeting place for Joyce scholars and afficionados, as well as to help support its various projects.

The Zürich James Joyce Foundation is recognized as a non-profit organization; therefore, your donations are tax-deductible.

UBS, CH-8098 Zurich,

Account No. 230.699.055.02W
IBAN CH58 0023 0230 6990 5502 W



Frances Ilmberger

Board of Trustees


Board of Trustees

  • Chair: Stefan Studer, Zurich, 2015
  • Prof Dr Andreas Fischer, University of Zurich, 1994
  • Dr Ernst Künzli, UBS Zurich, 2007
  • Curdin Duschletta, UBS Zurich, 2015
  • Annette Hug, Zurich, 2020

Former Members of the Board

Dr Robert Holzach, SBG / UBS Zurich, 1985–2009

Stephen J. Joyce, Paris, 1985–1986
Renée Wolf, UBS  Zurich, 1985–1988
Wolfgang Hildesheimer, Poschiavo, 1985–1991
Prof Dr Henri Petter, University of Zurich, 1985–1993
Prof Dr Klaus Reichert, University of Frankfurt, 1987–2007
Dr Verena Füllemann, UBS Zurich, 1989–2007
Prof Dr Adolf Muschg, ETH Zurich, 1992–1995
Dr Friedrich von Schwarzenberg, Bank Mirabaud & Cie, Zurich, 1998–2007
Hannes Vogel, Mathon, 1997-2014
Dr Marcel Studer, Horgen, 2007–2014
Mirjam Beerli, UBS Zurich 2007-2015
Prof. Dr David Spurr, University of Geneva, 2007-2020

  • John Wolf Brennan, Weggis, 2014-2023

Urs Rinderknecht, UBS Zurich, 1985-2023