The 12th biennial meeting of the International Advisory Committee of the UNESCO Memory of the World programme was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from October 4 to 6.
The Committee considered 88 submissions for the Memory of the World International Register, from 61 countries. Of these, 47 were recommended to the Director General of UNESCO for inscription
Following a three-day meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 4 to 6 October 2015, the International Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme has inscribed 47 new nominations on the Memory of the World International Register.
Under the Chairmanship of Dr. Abdulla M. El-Reyes, Director-General of the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates, and composed of 14 eminent experts, the Committee examined and approved new items of documentary heritage proposed by 40 countries, as well as the Association for Recorded Sound Collections at its 12th meeting.
The Meeting of the International Advisory Committee followed a two-year process as part of the 2014-2015 nomination cycle which saw, in its first phase, the examination of 88 submissions from 61 countries.
The Memory of the World Register now includes a total of 348 documents and document collections, coming from all continents and safeguarded on various materials from stone to celluloid and parchment to sound recordings.
In conformity with the Statutes of the International Advisory Committee, the Committee has decided on this new cycle of inscriptions to the Memory of the World Register and has informed the Director-General of the result of its deliberations.
While endorsing the inscriptions, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova stated, “It is my deep and firm conviction that the Memory of the World Programme should be guided in its work to preserve documentary heritage and memory for the benefit of present and future generations in the spirit of international cooperation and mutual understanding, building peace in the minds of women and men.”
New inscriptions on the International Memory of the World Register (2014-2015)
Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)
Humanity’s First Recordings of its Own Voice: The Phonautograms of Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (c.1853-1860)
West Indian Commission Papers
Brazil and Uruguay
The War of the Triple Alliance Iconographic and cartographic presentations
Documents of Nanjing Massacre
Czech Republic and France
The moving picture shows of Émile Reynaud
The Gaze of the Other: Documentary heritage of the Salesian apostolic vicariate in the Ecuadorian Amazon 1890-1930
Skolt Sámi village of Suonjel Suenjel
The Mappa mundi of Albi
Louis Pasteur’s Archive
The Oldest Manuscripts Preserved at the National Archives of Georgia
Documents representing the beginning and the early development of the Reformation initiated by Martin Luther
Autograph of h-Moll-Messe (Mass in B minor) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Germany, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Myanmar
The Golden Letter of the Burmese King Alaungphaya to King George II of Great Britain
The Derveni Papyrus: The oldest ‘book’ of Europe
Three documents related to the two most outstanding results of the work of Roland Eötvös
Asian-African Conference Archives
Islamic Republic of Iran and Germany
Al-Masaalik Wa Al-Mamaalik
Islamic Republic of Iran
Isaac Newton’s Theological Papers
Collection of Barbanera Almanacs
Codex Purpureus Rossanensis
Return to Maizuru Port—Documents Related to the Internment and Repatriation Experiences of Japanese (1945-1956)
Archives of Tōji temple contained in one-hundred boxes
Republic of Korea
Confucian Printing Woodblocks
Republic of Korea
The Archives of the KBS Special Live Broadcast “Finding Dispersed Families”
The Records of Indentured Immigration
Judicial files concerning the birth of a right: the effective remedy as a contribution of the Mexican writ of amparo to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of 1948.
Mexico and Italy
The work of Fray Bernardino de Sahagún (1499-1590)
Myazedi Quadrilingual Stone Inscription
Selected data collections of the world’s language diversity at the Language Archive
Sir Edmund Hillary Archive
The Book of Henryków
Files and library of the Unity of the Brethren
Portugal and Spain
The Manuscripts of the Commentary to the Apocalypse (Beatus of Liébana) in the Iberian Tradition
The Sobornoye Ulozheniye of 1649
Collection of old postcards from French West Africa
William Ponty School Collection of Papers
Telegram of Austria-Hungary`s declaration of war on Serbia on 28th July 1914
Indigenous language vocabulary from the New World translated into Spanish
Bibliotheca Bodmeriana (1916-1971)
The Old Assyrian Merchant Archives of Kültepe
United Kingdom of Great Britain
Autograph First World War Diary of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, 1914-1919.
United Kingdom of Great Britain
The Churchill Papers
United States of America
Moses and Frances Asch Collection. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution
Nehanda and Kaguvi mediums’ judgement dockets (April 1897). Case between State versus Nehanda and Kaguvi spirit mediums leading to their execution.