Successful nominations to MOWCAP are entered
on the Asia/Pacific Regional Register.
The Register is a listing of those "documentary
heritage of influence" in the Asia/Pacific
Region approved for inclusion by MOWCAP.
As stipulated in the Memory of the World:
Guidelines to Safeguard Documentary Heritage
(2002), the selection criteria of
the Regional Registers should use the criteria
adopted by the International Register as a template,
make logical variations and may incorporate
additional criteria appropriate to the regional
context (paragraph 4.1.6). The basic selection
criteria include: authenticity, uniqueness,
significance in terms of time, place, people,
subject and theme, form and style, integrity,
threat and management plan.
MOWCAP is the authority to approve all inscriptions
on the Asia/Pacific Regional Register of MOW
documentary heritage. MOWCAP assesses nominations
from member states for inscription through its
Asia/Pacific Register Subcommittee against established
selection criteria as stipulated in paragraph
1.2 of MOWCAP Guidelines.
Normally, inscriptions on the Asia Pacific
Register are made every two years.
of 17 documents from Australia such as the Royal
Commission of Assent establishing the
Commonwealth of Australia of 9 July 1900 and
the Yolngu people of Yirrkala bark petitions to
the Parliament of Australia of 1963 that form
the “Landmark Constitutional Documents of the
Commonwealth of Australia” are recognized as the
historic documents that charted the evolution of
Australia as one of the world’s most stable and
The indentured labour records
1863-1908 are uniqie government records documenting the arrival,
employment and deportation or exemption from deportation
of South Sea Islanders in Queensland. As well as being significant
for Australian - born descendents of the original islander generation,
they enable islanders to reclaim their history and kinships and,
on a broader scale, they provide a greater understanding of
nineteenth-century migration regionally and its impact on social,
economic and cultural ties today.
Sleng Genocide Museum Archive is a sad testimony
of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge
regime in Cambodia in 1975-79 during which over
2 million people lost their lives. The Archive
contains about 12,000 negatives and photos of
the staff and 5,000 of the 15,000 prisoners held
captive in the Tuol Sleng Prison and
interrogation centre as well as prison
documents. It is expected that this archive will
be used in the current international Genocide
Trial being conducted in Cambodia.
The recordings of the Reamker epic by Trakrut are the only
known audio materials of an oral Khmer tradition.
Takrut is a storyteller from the 1960s whose exceptional
talent made him the most famous storyteller in Cambodia and
nominated audio materials capture the country’s long oral
tradition in its full integrity.
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.
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.
“Nagara Kertagama” is a 14th century Javanese text
written on palm-leaves that gave an account of
government and society in the Majapahit kingdom
that covered most of the geographical area
covering present-day Indonesia. The memory of this
kingdom inspired the founders of Indonesia in
their struggle against colonial rule.
The Al-Masaalik Wa Al-Mamaalik, Istakhri’s invaluable work,
is one of the most important geographical books from the
4th century AH/10 CE, which presents an accurate description
of the then socio-economic, cultural and political conditions
of the Islamic lands –from India to Africa- supplemented by maps.
The oldest known manuscript of Al-Masaalik, in its Arabic original,
is kept at the Gotha library and, its oldest Persian translation,
at Iran’s National Museum.
The “collection of documents and images of Karbala”,
is a compilation of authentic and diverse documents,
which includes official reports and documents obtained from
the Qajar Dynasty (Iran), the Ottoman Empire (Turkey)
and the eras of monarchical and republic regimes in Iraq.
This collection covers a time span of 1413-1777 AH i.e. 1191-1992 AD.
Karbala is an important and historical city in Mesopotamia.
As one of the most important scientific documentaries,
the Soul of the Reef, with its good rhythm and precise audio/video synchronization,
has a poetic look at the reefs. Without any narrations, the documentary makes all its
viewers emotionally attached to the life of the reefs and worried
about the factors threatening their lives. Enacting a law that forbids
any damages to the reefs and using it for informing people
of the region’s countries about the importance of the reefs
are among the achievements of this documentary.
In terms of theme and style, the documentary has
won many national and international awards.
Avesta is the overall name given to Iranians
most ancient collection of writings and composition.
It is an Iranian encyclopedia and the holy scripture
for followers of Zarathustra. Zoroastrians are spread
throughout Iran and India. This book has survived for three millennia.
The copy is the oldest, dated and the most complete copy
of this text in the world and includes Vendidad, Visperad and Yasna.
This edition was scribed in Yazd in the 1607 C.E.
Given the fact that neither Avestan nor Pahlavi script
is in current use, and the fact that the surviving texts in
these languages are very rare, the present text is very important
from the standpoint of linguistics and writing system research.
The Neo Lao Hak Xath Film Collection is a significant collection
of 450 newsreel and documentary films, which were shot in Laos during the Indochina War.
It represents a unique range of stories covering all major events in Lao History
from 1955 to 1980. The films recorded the events on politics, social and military movements,
war as well as the population in the country especially in the liberation zone.
Loamaafaanu(s), are the official records of land grants,
written on copperplates, given to mosques built by Sultans
after the Maldives converted to Islam. These copperplates,
according to tradition, were kept hanging to a nail inside
their respective mosques, so that all those who read this
official grant would understand its contents. .
The Western Pacific Archives comprises the records of the Western
Pacific High Commission, from 1875 until 1878, and the territorial
records of the British Agent and Consul, Tonga, and the
New Hebrides British Service. The Commission's jurisdiction
covered the Solomon Islands, New Hebrides (now Vanuatu),
the Gilbert and Ellis Islands Colony (now Kiribati and Tuvalu), Pitcairn, and
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.
The 91 survivng titles represent a portion of Singapore's golden age of filmmaking (l950s and 1960s).
The films tell the stories indigenous to the Malay peoples of Singapore and Malaysia,
display disappearing traditions and music, while reflecting the social mores and attitudes of the
Epigraphic Archives of Wat Pho in Bangkok is a
unique collection of 1,360 Thai language
inscriptions on marble plates made in the 1830’s
on both religious and secular subjects,
representing a wide range of Thai knowledge of
Asian and local roots of the time. It was a
conscious effort by King Rama III and Thai
scholars to preserve them in and made them
visible to the public with the ultimate aim in
general education on cultural heritage,
diversity and civilizations. The knowledge
related to Thai yoga has recently become
widespread through devoted practitioners,
schools, spas and wellness centres worldwide.
Nguyen dynasty’s Imperial records are administrative records of the Nguyen dynasty,
the last feudal dynasty in Vietnam which lasted from 1802 to 1945.
The collection was created during the transaction of Nguyen dynasty
in its state management activities including records created by
grass-root to central organizations in its administrative system
submitted to the Emperors for approval, records created by the Emperors,
diplomatic notes and literature works composed by royal family..
Over 3,000 woodblocks, engraved from 1871 to
1932, containing Buddhist sutras and other
documents of the Truc Lam Zen sect in the Nôm
script. This distinctly Vietnamese Buddhist
tradition has spread to many countries.
The DOUBLE STELLAR HEMISPHERE (hereinafter referred to as the Map) was
printed in the 7th year of Chong Zhen Emperor of the Ming dynasty ( 1634),
xylographically printed in eight vertical sections of fine Chinese native paper,
well mounted with blue palace silk for screen hanging. Each section is 171,5 cm high and 56,5 cm wide,
and when the eight sections are put together side by side, the whole Map is approximatley 200cm ×452cm,
which includes the mounting margin.
The Map is constituted of 20 colorful pictures
( 16 star charts and 4 pictures of astronomical instruments) and 2 legends.