Memory of the World Register

Listing a collection in the registers

The documentary heritage listed in the Canada Memory of the World Register traces defining moments in our history and reflects the diversity of our heritage. Entries can include written works, films, photographs, audio recordings, and other documents. To be listed in the International Register, a collection must be of global significance. International register entries are automatically listed in the Canadian Register.

How to submit a collection

  • The collection must be unique and irreplaceable, and have had significant impact in a specific time period or area of Canada. Applicants must respond to CCUNESCO's Call for Nominations.
  • The Canadian Advisory Committee for Memory of the World evaluates submissions and selects the collections for the Register.
  • For more information, contact

Canada Memory of the World Register

The Canada Memory of the World Register lists exceptional works and documents that reflect the wealth and diversity of Canada's documentary heritage.

  • Canadian Pacific Railway Company Fonds (Canadian Railroad Historical Association, Exporail)
  • Images of Quebec City and the surrounding area (1860 to1965): Photo archives of the J. E. Livernois Ltée fonds (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec)
  • Witnesses of Founding Cultures: Early Books in Aboriginal Languages (1556-1900) (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec)
  • The Scrapbook debates (Library of Parliament)
  • Ida Halpern Fonds (Royal British Columbia Museum)
  • The Vancouver Island Treaties (Royal British Columbia Museum)

Part of the Canadian register, the following works and documents are also inscribed to the International Memory of the World Register.

Canadian Advisory Committee for Memory of the World

The committee reviews and evaluates submissions to the International and Canadian Memory of the World Registers.

  • Chantal Fortier, Chair (Ontario)
  • Camille L. Callison, Vice-Chair (Tahltan)
  • Derek Cooke (Yukon)
  • Yves Frenette (Manitoba)
  • Lorraine O’Donnell (Quebec)
  • Guy Berthiaume, Ex-officio member, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
  • Geneviève Pichet, Ex-officio member, Acting CEO, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ)