Dag Hammarskjöld’s Archives Inscribed in the Memory of the World Register

In conformity with the Statutes of its International Advisory Committee, the Dag Hammarskjöld Archives at the Kungliga bibliotjetet/National Library of Sweden have been inscribed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.

Dag Hammarskjöld

- This is a collection which reflects an important part of the rich history of the United Nations. For this reason alone, it is of great importance for understanding political and international developments. Questions regarding political rights and international law are as relevant today as they were during the Cold War, observed Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Swedish Minister of Higher Education and Research.

According to Alice Bah Kuhnke, Minister for Culture and Democracy:

-The Dag Hammarskjöld Archives are an important part of our history and their inclusion in the register will enable more people to partake of them and to build for the future. 

About Dag Hammarskjöld's Archives

Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961) was one of the most famous and influential spokespersons in Sweden during last century and served as UN Secretary-General from April 10, 1953 until his death in a plane crash during a peace mission in the Congo on September 18, 1961. His archives were donated to the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm after his death and made available for research. 

- It provides me great joy that the Dag Hammarskjöld Archives have been inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register and I am well aware of the commitment that the stewardship of them involves, remarked Gunilla Herdenberg, Sweden’s National Librarian.

Mats Djurberg, Secretary General of the Swedish UNESCO Council, pointed out that: 

- World memories such as the Dag Hammarskjöld Archives help us better to understand the world, remember our history and learn from it.  

The archives contain, among other things, documents about the UN, manuscripts, letters and personal papers on world politics. An index of the archive can be accessed in the Ediffah database. 

Together with the Folke Bernadotte Academy (the FBA), the National Library of Sweden is currently digitizing that part of the archive which pertains to the UN. This material will be made available through The Peace Archive, where the FBA collects and provides documentation concerning Sweden's peacekeeping efforts. 

The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme

The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme is designed to facilitate preservation of, access to and awareness of the world’s documentary heritage. Unlike the World Heritage Programme, it does not include buildings or cultural objects. The programme is led by a group of global experts appointed by UNESCO's Director General. 

A total of 340 documents and collections are in the register, of which up to now six have been Swedish:  The Alfred Nobel Family Archives, Ingmar Berman Archives, Astrid Lindgren Archives, Stockholm City Planning Committee Archives, Emanuel Swedenborg Collection and Codex Argenteus - the Silver Bible.

More Information

Swedish world memories

All world memories (in English)

For questions regarding UNESCO's world memories, contact Kari Gardelin at the Swedish Unesco Council at Kari.Gardelin@regeringskansliet.se

Jens Petersen, Press Secretary to Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson

Kristoffer Talltorp, Press Secretary to Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke

Contact person: Eric Eskilsson, e-mail: firstname.lastname@kb.se

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