Martin Bodmer was as much an intellectual as a collector and attached great importance to research. In 1954, he published the text of Homer’s Iliad contained in the first papyrus he acquired and gave researchers access to his collection.
The Foundation continues to honour that tradition and some 40 researchers a year consult the collection. Another hundred or so request information or copies of documents.
The research carried out often results in the publication of independent scientific studies. The Foundation’s publishing policy encourages research. It has its own collection of facsimiles (Sources Collection), it produces catalogues of its exhibitions and Schwabe Verlag in Basel publishes monographs.
University lectures and symposia are organized regularly in the Foundation’s History Room.