Memory of the World Register – Africa

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The first inscriptions on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register were made in 1997.[1] By creating a compendium of the world’s documentary heritage—manuscripts, oral traditions, audio-visual materials, library and archive holdings[2]—the program aims to tap on its networks of experts to exchange information and raise resources for the preservation, digitization, and dissemination of documentary materials.[3] As of 2013, 193[citation needed] documentary heritages have been included in the Register, among them recordings of folk music, ancient languages and phonetics, aged remnants of religious and secular manuscripts, collective lifetime works of renowned giants of literature, science and music, copies of landmark motion pictures and short films, and accounts documenting changes in the world’s political, economic and social stage. Of these, 12 properties were nominated by countries from the region of Africa.

List by country/territory[edit]

Country/Territory Documentary heritage[A] Year
inscribed
Custodian(s), Location(s) Reference
Africa Christopher Okigbo Collection 2007 Christopher Okigbo Foundation, Brussels [4]
Angola, Portugal Arquivos dos Dembos / Ndembu Archives 2011 Arquivo Nacional de Angola, Luanda [1]
Benin Colonial archives 1997 National Archives, Porto-Novo [5]
Ethiopia Treasures from National Archives and Library Organizations 1997 National Archives and Library, Addis Ababa [6]
Ghana, Netherlands, Brazil, Guyana, Netherlands Antilles, Suriname, United Kingdom, United States Dutch West India Company (Westindische Compagnie) archives 2011 National Archives of Ghana, Accra [2]
Madagascar Royal Archives (1824–1897) 2009 Department of National Archives, Antananarivo [7]
Mali Kitāb Shifā al-Asqām al-Āriḍat min al-Ẓahir wa al-Bāṭin min al-Ajsām/the Book of Healing from internal and external diseases affecting the body 2017 Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library, Timbuktu [8]
Mali Tadkirat al gāfilin ‘anqubhihtilāf al- mu’minin/ Reminder to those who do not pay attention to the harms caused by the divergence between believers 2017 Ahmed Baba Institute, Timbuktu [9]
Mali, Nigeria Maṣāliḥ al-Insān al-Mutaʿalliqat bi al-Adyānwa al-Abdān, The human being interests linked to the religions and the body 2017 Various locations [10]
Mauritius Records of the French Occupation of Mauritius 1997 Mauritius Archives, Port Louis [11]
Mauritius The Records of Indentured Immigration 2015 Various locations [12]
Namibia Letter Journals of Hendrik Witbooi 2005 National Archives of Namibia, Windhoek; Personal Archives of Dr. Klaus Goebel, Munich [13]
Senegal Fonds of the "Afrique occidentale française" (AOF) 1997 National Archives, Dakar [14]
Senegal Collection of old postcards from French West Africa 2015 National Archives of Senegal, Dakar [15]
Senegal William Ponty School Collection of Papers 2015 Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar [16]
South Africa The Bleek collection 1997 University of Cape Town/South African Library, Cape Town [17]
South Africa, Netherlands, India, Indonesia & Sri Lanka Archives of the Dutch East India Company 2003 Various locations [18]
South Africa Criminal Court Case No. 253/1963 (State Versus N. Mandela and Others) 2007 The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria [19]
South Africa Liberation Struggle Living Archive Collection 2007 Doxa Productions, Hout Bay [20]
South Africa Archives of the CODESA (Convention For A Democratic South Africa) 1991 - 1992 and Archives of the Multi-Party Negotiating Process 1993 2013 National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria [21]
Tanzania German Records of the National Archives 1997 National Archives, Dar es Salaam [22]
Tanzania Collection of Arabic Manuscripts and Books 2003 Zanzibar National Archives, Zanzibar [23]
Zimbabwe Nehanda and Kaguvi mediums’ judgement dockets (April 1897). Case between State versus Nehanda and Kaguvi spirit mediums leading to their execution. 2015 National Archives of Zimbabwe, Harare [24]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

^ A. Names and spellings provided are based on the official list released by the Memory of the World Programme.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Third Meeting of the International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World Programme". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-06.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "UNESCO MEMORY OF THE WORLD PROGRAMME: The Asia-Pacific Strategy". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. 1999-04-17. Archived from the original on 2005-02-28. Retrieved 2004-10-21.
  3. ^ "Twenty-three new inscriptions on Memory of the World Register of Documentary Collections". UNESCO Press. 2003-09-01. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  4. ^ "Christopher Okigbo Collection". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Archived from the original on 2009-11-29. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  5. ^ "Colonial Archives". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Archived from the original on 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  6. ^ "Treasures from National Archives and Library Organizations". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Archived from the original on 2015-12-14. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  7. ^ "Royal Archives (1824-1897)". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Archived from the original on 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  8. ^ "Kitāb Shifā al-Asqām al-Āriḍat min al-Ẓahir wa al-Bāṭin min al-Ajsām/the Book of Healing from internal and external diseases affecting the body". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  9. ^ "Tadkirat al gāfilin 'anqubhihtilāf al- mu'minin/ Reminder to those who do not pay attention to the harms caused by the divergence between believers". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  10. ^ "Maṣāliḥ al-Insān al-Mutaʿalliqat bi al-Adyānwa al-Abdān, The human being interests linked to the religions and the body". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  11. ^ "Records of the French Occupation of Mauritius". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Archived from the original on 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  12. ^ "The Records of Indentured Immigration". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  13. ^ "Letter Journals of Hendrik Witbooi". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2013-02-10.
  14. ^ "Fonds of the "Afrique occidentale française" (AOF)". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Archived from the original on 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  15. ^ "Collection of old postcards from French West Africa". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  16. ^ "William Ponty School Collection of Papers". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  17. ^ "The Bleek Collection". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Archived from the original on 2015-12-14. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  18. ^ "Archives of the Dutch East India Company". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  19. ^ "Criminal Court Case No. 253/1963 (State Versus N. Mandela and Others)". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Archived from the original on 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  20. ^ "Liberation Struggle Living Archive Collection". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Archived from the original on 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  21. ^ "Archives of the CODESA (Convention For A Democratic South Africa) 1991 - 1992 and Archives of the Multi-Party Negotiating Process 1993". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  22. ^ "German Records of the National Archives". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Archived from the original on 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  23. ^ "Collection of Arabic Manuscripts and Books". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Archived from the original on 2015-12-14. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  24. ^ "Nehanda and Kaguvi mediums' judgement dockets (April 1897). Case between State versus Nehanda and Kaguvi spirit mediums leading to their execution". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2018-10-27.

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