The 8th Meeting of the Memory of the World International Advisory Committee (IAC) has been held in Pretoria, South Africa from 11-15 June 2007. It has been reviewing review 50 new requests for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register, submitted by 38 countries.
The United States has only one entry in the register now:
Universalis cosmographia secundum Ptholomaei traditionem et Americi Vespucii aliorumque Lustrationes (2005)* (The 1507 printed world map, prepared by the Gymnasium Vosagense, St. Dié, France under the direction of Martin Waldseemüller, is the first map on which the name America appears. The Library of Congress possesses the only known surviving copy of this map.)
The last date for submission of new nomination proposals for inscription on the Memory of the World Register will be March 31, 2007. New proposals submitted by that date will be examined during the 2008/2009 session. Click here for more information on nominations.
Editorial Comment: I believe that the United States should pledge to the world to keep safe those documents created here that are part of the world heritage. I think some suitable candidates might be:
- The Declaration of Independence, which has served as a model for so many other nations since it was signed.
- The U.S. Constitution, which is the oldest written national constitution of a major nation (only San Marino may be considered to have an earlier written constitution).
- Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian: Photographic Images at the Library of Congress;
- Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers at the Library of Congress
- Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University
- Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919
- Eli Whitney Papers at Yale University
- The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers at the Library of Congress