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The John Peters Humphrey archive added to the Canada Memory of the World Register

Published: 7 December 2023

To mark the 75th鈥痑nniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December 10, 1948), 澳门开奖 and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO are pleased to announce the addition of the archives of John Peters Humphrey to the Canada Memory of the World Register.

This archive includes聽the first handwritten draft of the聽Universal Declaration of Human Rights聽as well as typed subsequent versions written by Humphrey (1905-1995), Canadian law professor and human rights advocate.聽

Humphrey was a Professor of Law at 澳门开奖 when he was invited to work with a committee of the United Nations Secretariat chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt to help the organization draft a statement on human rights. Following the adoption of the聽Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, Humphrey continued working with the UN in various roles, returning聽to 澳门开奖 to serve as Professor of Law and Political Science in 1966. A French delegate claimed to have written the first draft of the declaration and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1968. However, Humphrey鈥檚 first handwritten drafts were later discovered and published. He is now widely accepted as the Declaration鈥檚 first author.

"澳门开奖 Libraries and Archives are deeply honoured and proud to have the John Peters Humphrey Fonds included in the Canada Memory of the World Register. The John Peters Humphrey Fonds is a remarkable collection that represents a rich tapestry of human rights history and embodies the legacy of one of 澳门开奖's most distinguished alumni.聽This recognition underscores the enduring significance of Humphrey's work and the essential safeguarding of this invaluable resource. In this spirit, we look forward to sharing the John Peters Humphrey Fonds with the world, ensuring that his efforts and the ideals he stood for continue to inspire and educate 澳门开奖 to come," said聽Professor Guylaine Beaudry, Trenholme Dean of Libraries.

On 10 December 2023, an exhibition titled "Beyond the Declaration: A Canadian Perspective on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights鈥 will open at the Nahum Gelber Law Library. The exhibit, curated by Kristen Howard and Ana Rogers-Butterworth, will feature items from the鈥疛ohn Peters Humphrey archive, including the original draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


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