The Western Pacific Archives comprises the records of the Western Pacific High Commission, from 1875 until 1978, 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 Tonga.
The collection is one of the most complete and unique sets of original documents of the International Military Tribunal Far East (IMTFE) 1946-1948. It has enormous significance for the Asia Pacific region as it documents the history of Japanese ambitions in the Pacific prior to World War II. It rivals in significance the Nuremburg collection held by Harvard Law School. It was presented to the University of Canterbury in 1949 by Justice Erima Harvey Northcroft, the New Zealand Member of the IMTFE.
This work is a unique piece of art where texts of Green and White Tara were written in 79 lines in less than 5 cm of space using very thin pen point.
Written in 1651, covers the history of Mongolia and neighbouring countries from the 13th to 17th centuries, including the reach of the Mongol empire across Asia and Europe.
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 Neo Lao Hak Xath Film Collection is a significant collection of 450 newsreel and documentary films, which were shot in Lao PDR by the Neo Lao Hak Xath (or Lao Patriot Front) Film Division during the Indochina War. It represents a unique range of stories covering all major events in Lao History from 1955 to 1980. The films cover a range of social, cultural, educational, political and military events. The films have had and will continue to have a significant and enduring influence on Lao society.
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.
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.
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.
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.