Marshall McLuhan: The Archives of the Future

Documentary heritage submitted by Canada and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2017.

Marshall McLuhan: The Archives of the Future” are McLuhan personal archive and library. It compromise approximately 50 meters of archival documents in multiple media and 6,000 published items (mainly books), many heavily annotated in his hand, which are preserved by Library and Archive Canada and the University of Toronto Library. Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) was a public intellectual and cultural theorist whose groundbreaking insights into electronic media changed how we perceive and understand the world today. Expressions he introduced line “the global village” and “the medium is the message” are widely recognized, quoted and misquoted, repeated in everyday speech, and officially incorporated into several languages. “McLuhanism” itself is now a word recognized by the Oxford English Dictionary. McLuhan has been called a “prophet of the digital age” who predicted the internet in a way that seems uncannily prescient today. His books have been translated into at least seventeen languages and the centennial of his birth inspired dozens of events in at least twenty countries.

  • Year of submission: 2016
  • Year of inscription: 2017
  • Country: Canada
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