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Latvian National Memory of the World Register

Besides the international attention for world documentary heritage, the national aspirations to study national documentary heritage, to promote its accessibility, identification and evaluation are also important in the implementation of the UNESCO Memory of the World programme.

Since 2007 Latvian National Commission for UNESCO has cooperated purposefully with memory institutions in Latvia (archives, libraries, museums) in order to establish the Latvian National Memory of the World Register. In 2009 Latvian National Commission for UNESCO and Latvian National Committee for UNESCO Memory of the World programme developed ''General guidelines for the Latvian Memory of the World Register ''.

The aim of the Latvian National Memory of the World Register is to promote the protection, accessibility and identification of the most important national documentary heritage in Latvia and worldwide. The task of Latvian National Memory of the World Register is to draw Latvian societies’ attention to the role of documentary heritage in the existence of collective culture memory, importance of documentary heritage preservation and usage of appropriate tools for preserving documentary heritage. There are lot of unique values in memory institutions and private collections of Latvia. The promotion of accessibility, familiarization and identification of these values will enrich Latvians knowledge about the Latvian history and documentary heritage.

In the 30th of November 2009 first four inscriptions on the Latvian Memory of the World Register were made:

1) “Eduards Kraucs’ collection of glass plate photographic negatives - the course of the construction of Kegums Power Station 1936-1940”;

2) „In Siberia Written Letters on Birch Bark”;

3) “Rainis and Aspazija Mutual Correspondence 1894–1929”;

4) “Memorandum of the Latvian Central Council Riga, 17 March 1944”.

Inscriptions on the Latvian National Register of the Memory of the World Programme in 2013

5) “Documentation of Traditional Skills and Lifestyle in Photo Negatives made by the Board of Monuments during the Expeditions from 1924 until 1931”

Extention of the nomination „In Siberia Written Letters on Birch Bark”

In 2017 three new nominations were included in the National Register of the UNESCO Memory of the World programme:

6) Collection of Phonograph Wax Cylinders from the Archives of Latvian Folklore (1926 – 1947);

7) Collection of Antique Collection on Livonia (Latvia and Estonia) by Johann Christoph Brotze (13th – 19th Century);

8) Handwritings of the Moravian Brethren (18th – 19th Century)

An addition to the nomination „In Siberia Written Letters on Birch Bark” was made. 

Latvian National Memory of the World Register was launched with the support of UNESCO membership programme for Latvian National Commission for UNESCO policy named ““Memory of the World” Latvian National register foundation”.

UNESCO Memory of the World programme and its national registers has an important instructional role in national and also worldwide level. The digital reproductions of nominations inscribed in Latvian National Memory of the World Register will be available in World Digital Library (http://www.wdl.org/) in order for all people around the world to have the possibility to become acquainted with the values of Latvian documentary heritage.