UK Memory of the World status for Murray Archive

The John Murray Archive at the National Library of Scotland has been added to the UK Memory of the World Register.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established the register in 2010 to highlight some of the UK's lesser-known items of historical interest. It focuses on archive, library items and collections of outstanding universal value, with a remit to promote their merits.

Containing over 250,000 items, the John Murray Archive covers more than 200 years of John Murray publishing. There are letters, manuscripts and business records from over 16,000 people, including some of the greatest writers, politicians, explorers and scientists of their time.

Last year NLS had four inclusions in the register, including maps made by Timothy Pont and books from Scotland's first printers.

Martyn Wade, National Librarian and Chief Executive at NLS, said: 'To have been included in the register last year was thrilling. To have been included again so soon is recognition of depth and quality of our archives here in Edinburgh.'

From the archive: NLS in UK Memory of the World register, 2010

26 May 2011

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