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Seven new inscriptions - The UNESCO Memory of the World

Cathy Holmes, Contributor, Wellington · 06 December 2017
The UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Trust is delighted to announce seven new inscriptions to the New Zealand documentary heritage register.

The successful inscriptions include three contributors to the Community Archive – the Alexander Turnbull Library, Hocken Collections, and the Presbyterian Research Centre.

UNESCO recognition draws attention to the significance of documentary heritage and the importance of ensuring it is preserved and made accessible.

The Memory of the World New Zealand Chair Dianne Macaskill announced the new inscriptions at a function at Auckland Libraries on 29 November.

The seven successful inscriptions are:

* John A. Lee Papers (Auckland Libraries)
* J. T. Diamond West Auckland History Collection (Auckland Libraries)
* New Zealand Official Photographs, World War 1914-1918 (Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington)
* Kaleidoscope – a weekly television arts documentary programme (1976-198) Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Wellington, owned by Ministry for Culture & Heritage)
* Tyree Studio Collection (Nelson Provincial Museum and Alexander Turnbull Library)
* Salmond Anderson Architects records (the University of Otago’s Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, Dunedin)
* The Ng New Zealand Chinese Heritage Collection (Presbyterian Research Centre, Dunedin)

You can view more information about the inscriptions and the register on the Memory of the World New Zealand’s website and watch the UNESCO New Zealand National Commission’s video at

There are now 27 documentary heritage collections on the New Zealand register. Each is a valuable source of research for historians, researchers, educators and many others in New Zealand and the world.

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