Archives - Memory of the World

UNESCO established the Memory of the World Programme in 1992 following a growing awareness of the perilous state of preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world. The General Guidelines to Safeguard Documentary Heritage published by the Memory of the World Programme (2002) states that

"the programme recognises documentary heritage of international, regional and national significance, maintains registers of it, and awards a logo to identify it. It facilitates preservation and access without discrimination. It campaigns to raise awareness of the documentary heritage, to alert governments, the general public, business and commerce to preservation needs, and to raise funds". 

Adhering to these aspirations, the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem has identified a gap in the preservation and documentation of cultural heritage in Israel, especially at the level of semi-public and semi-private collections and proposed to examine the conditions for establishing a digital online archive for the arts, design, and architecture in Israel, building on the professional knowledge existing in Israel. 

Corresponding to this proposal, UNESCO has contracted that Bezalel Academy shall undertake the preparatory work for the establishment of a national archive of art, architecture and design by the following actions:
Undertaking research of the classification of local 'drawings, objects and paintings, including the determining of relevant periods and styles to be used as well as finding aids after the definition of the user characteristics;
Conducting a controlled pilot-study, including scanning, photographing or digitization where necessary;
Evaluating the study and the final proposal for the archive, including the preparation of a national standard and finding aids.

A proposal for the establishment of a National Archive of Art, Architecture and Design

The convening institutions have combined to evaluate the needs and issues regarding the archiving of art, architecture and design in Israel, and prepare an open-ended platform for documentation and research.

Establishing a National Archive in Israel is to set up the necessary consortium to generate an archive of Art, Architecture and Design. 
• Bezalel, Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
• The National Library
• The State Archives
• The Central Zionist Archives
• Israel Museum