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]
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]
Madagascar Royal Archives (1824–1897) 2009 Department of National Archives, Antananarivo [7]
Mauritius Records of the French Occupation of Mauritius 1997 Mauritius Archives, Port Louis [8]
Namibia Letter Journals of Hendrik Witbooi 2005 National Archives of Namibia, Windhoek; Personal Archives of Dr. Klaus Goebel, Munich [9]
Senegal Fonds of the "Afrique occidentale française" (AOF) 1997 National Archives, Dakar [10]
South Africa The Bleek collection 1997 University of Cape Town/South African Library, Cape Town [11]
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 [12]
South Africa Liberation Struggle Living Archive Collection 2007 Doxa Productions, Hout Bay [13]
Tanzania German Records of the National Archives 1997 National Archives, Dar es Salaam [14]
Tanzania Collection of Arabic Manuscripts and Books 2003 Zanzibar National Archives, Zanzibar [15]

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. 
  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. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Colonial Archives". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  6. ^ "Treasures from National Archives and Library Organizations". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  7. ^ "Royal Archives (1824-1897)". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  8. ^ "Records of the French Occupation of Mauritius". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  9. ^ "Letter Journals of Hendrik Witbooi". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  10. ^ "Fonds of the "Afrique occidentale française" (AOF)". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  11. ^ "The Bleek Collection". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  12. ^ "Criminal Court Case No. 253/1963 (State Versus N. Mandela and Others)". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  13. ^ "Liberation Struggle Living Archive Collection". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  14. ^ "German Records of the National Archives". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  15. ^ "Collection of Arabic Manuscripts and Books". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 

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