June 23, 2005

Memory of the World Register

A three-millennium-old Phoenician inscription from Lebanon, a sixth-century Albanian codex, medieval manuscripts on medicine and pharmacy from Azerbaijan, and Austrian Gothic architectural drawings are among 29 documentary collections in 24 countries newly earmarked for United Nations help in preservation.

The collections have been inscribed on the Memory of the World Register of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), bringing to 120 the total number of inscriptions on the Register to date. The Programme, set up in 1992 to preserve and promote documentary heritage, much of which is endangered, helps networks of experts to exchange information and raise resources for preservation of and access to documentary material.

sarcophagus_of_ahiram.jpg Some of the collections are almost as old as recorded history itself, like the sarcophagus of King Ahiram of Byblos in Lebanon, whose Phoenician inscription is the earliest known example of alphabetical writing. Others are as modern as the newly inscribed Astrid Lindgren Archives in Sweden, containing nearly all the original manuscripts of the author of the Pippi Longstocking series.

Learn more by reading the official press release.

Thanks to Library retiree Paul Nielson for this story.

Posted by Dobson-J at June 23, 2005 9:27 AM