Memory of the World Register

Listing documentary heritage in the Registers

Eligible documentary heritage come in numerous forms: text items, non-text items, audiovisual items and virtual items. These include, but are not limited to, diaries, letters, manuscripts, posters, published books, wampums, art works, photographs, recordings, films as well as material made for the web (sites, games, online lessons, apps).

How to submit a documentary heritage nomination

Canada Memory of the World Register

The documentary heritage listed in the Canada Memory of the World Register traces important pieces of Canadian’s collective history and reflects the diversity of its peoples’ heritage.

  • Eligible documentary heritage must be authentic, unique and irreplaceable, and must have a Canadian significance.
  • Applicants must respond to CCUNESCO’s Call for Nominations with a Declaration of Interest. Once approved, the nominating entity will be asked to complete and return a Nomination form to CCUNESCO.
  • The Canadian Advisory Committee for Memory of the World evaluates submissions and selects entries for the Register.

International Memory of the World Register (Canadian submissions)

To be listed in the International Memory of the World Register, inscriptions must trace an important piece in relation to the history of the world and to the heritage of humanity. International register entries are automatically listed in the Canadian Register.

  • Eligible documentary heritage must be authentic, unique and irreplaceable, and must have a World significance.
  • Applicants must respond to UNESCO Secretariat’s Call for Nominations by submitting a Nomination form to CCUNESCO.
  • The Canadian Advisory Committee for Memory of the World evaluates nominations and recommends submissions for inscription to the International Register.
  • The International Advisory Committee evaluates submissions and recommends entries for the International Register to the Director-General, for approval.

For more information, contact thierry.ntakirutimana@ccunesco.ca.

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.

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)
  • Andrew Horrall, Ex-officio member, Senior Archivist (Library and Archives Canada)
  • Hélène Laverdure, Ex-officio member, Conservatrice et directrice générale des Archives nationales (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, BAnQ)