Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) Mission Statement
Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed.
The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these Pacific Islands cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
Download the ICAS Brochure in .pdf format (2.8 MB).
Universal Declaration on Archives
The Universal Declaration on Archives was adopted by the 36th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO on 10th November 2011. The Declaration was developed by a special working group of the International Council on Archives and has been endorsed by the ICA as a key pillar of its outreach and advocacy strategy.
The Declaration is an important step in improving understanding and awareness of archives among the general public and key decision-makers. It is a powerful, succinct statement of the relevance of archives in modern society.
- Defines archives to include all recorded decisions, actions and memories in all formats including paper, digital, and audio visual;
- Recognises the uniqueness of archives in the way they provide authentic evidence of human actions;
- Emphasises the key role of archives in ensuring administrative transparency and democratic accountability;
- supporting democracy and human rights, and preserving collective social memory.
- Explains the role of archivists as skilled professionals who care for archives and provide access to them;
- Highlights the key requirements for good archival management.