Posted on 09/19/2018 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author George Orwell’s archives are officially part of the UNESCO Memory of the World register.

The Memory of the World, established in 1992, seeks to preserve the world’s critical heritage documents — such as Anne Frank’s diary and the Magna Carta — and make them accessible to all.

The Orwellian papers now in the collection include the first mention of the slogan “War is Peace. Ignorance is strength. Freedom is slavery” from his novel 1984.

Orwell’s son, Richard Blair, was unsurprisingly pleased by the news. The Guardian quotes him as saying:

Not only am I immensely proud of this achievement and what it means personally, but also of those who have put in so much hard work to bring about this singular recognition.

Read more about the other items and their journey into the Memory of the World on The Guardian.

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