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Unesco Memory of the World Register

Community Archive Administrator, Community Archive · 11 November 2016

The Unesco Memory of the World Register exists to facilitate preservation of, and universal access to, the world’s documentary heritage and to increase awareness worldwide of the existence and significance of documentary heritage.

On Tuesday November 8th, the Unesco Memory of the World New Zealand Trust announced four new inscriptions to the Memory of the World New Zealand Documentary Heritage Register. The new inscriptions are:

The Sir John Logan Campbell Papers, managed by the Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate and held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum Library
The Katherine Mansfield Literary and Personal Papers, held at the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington
The Waipu Scottish Migration Collection, held at Waipu Museum
The Lance Richdale Papers, held at the Hocken Collections, Dunedin.

Congratulations to all of these organisations, who are members of the Community Archive.

Other inscriptions on the Memory of the World register include the Bayeux Tapestry, Nikola Tesla’s Archive and the Sir Edmund Hillary Archive as well as less famous items such as the 1703 Census of Iceland, and the Archives of the International Tracing Service, documenting internments, displacements and deaths during Germany’s National Socialist regime in 1933-45.

Archives New Zealand are kaitiaki of two items on the register – the Treaty of Waitangi, and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition.

The Unesco Memory of the World Register was initiated in 1992. Single documents, collections, holdings or archival fonds may be nominated for inscription to the register, and approved by the International Advisory Committee – as of 2015 there were 301 items on the register.

More information can be found on the Unesco Memory of the World website http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/memory-of-the... or their Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_of_the_World_Programme

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