MOWCAP Inscriptions

More good news from the Pacific!

At the Memory of World Committee Asia/Pacific (MOWCAP) meeting this past June the countries of Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa all had documentary heritage inscribed on the register.

As you may know, the Memory of the World Program is an international cooperation strategy aimed at safeguarding, protecting and facilitating access to and the use of documentary heritage, especially heritage that is rare and endangered. UNESCO launched the Program in 1992 to guard against collective amnesia by calling upon the preservation of invaluable archive holdings and library collections all over the world and ensuring their wide dissemination.

I will share a few of the MOWCAP inscriptions. However, you can read about all 16 new inscriptions from the MOWCAP webpage under the “16 New Inscriptions on the MOWCAP Registerheading.

Cook Islands

Cook Islands: The Proclamation (E Tuatua Akakite) of 1891

A fragile and rare, one-paged document written in Maori, the language spoken by most of the population of the Cook Islands at that time, called the Proclamation (E Tutatua Akakite), signed by the Earl of Onslow, on 4th April, 1891, on behalf of the Queen of Great Britain & Ireland, placing a protectorate over the Cook Islands. This document marks the beginning of a relationship, which continues today with the Queen as the Head of State of the Cook Islands through the Governor General of New Zealand and the Cook Islands inheriting a Westminster parliamentary system.


Polynesian Immigrants Records 1876-1914

The National Archives of Fiji’s collection of records of the imported Pacific Islands Labourers who were indentured to work as plantation workers during the labour trade from 1876 – 1914. Constitutes important information for genealogical and historical information.


Archives of German-Samoa Colonial Administration

The German Colonization period in Samoa from 1900 – 1914 is one of the most significant eras in the history of Samoa. During this period the people of Samoa experienced a great number of political and cultural changes; both historically important in their own right, as well as serving as context for significant future developments in the nation’s history. The documents provide a record of a unique example of Germany’s colonial expansion in the Pacific, while also assuming a wider international significance. The administration arose as a direct result of colonial rivalries and international relations in the preceding period.


Congratulations to all!

About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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