Nazi-looted Art Webography

Principles and Guidelines

Association of Art Museums Directors

Washington Conference on Holocaust Era Assets

International Council of Museums (ICOM)

National Museum Directors' Conference (United Kingdom)

American Alliance of Museums

Vilnius International Forum on Holocaust Era Looted Cultural Assets


Museums with Sites Dedicated to Provenance

National Gallery of Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

United Kingdom
National Museums
From this site, one can conduct research by first referring to the "Spoliation Reports Index" and then to the name of each national museum.

On this site, la Direction des musees de France publishes an illustrated catalogue from the Musees nationaux Recuperation

United States
National Gallery of Art

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)

The Art Institute of Chicago

Museum of Modern Art (New York)

Cleveland Museum of Art

J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Worcester Art Museum

The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art (University of Chicago)

Art Gallery of New South Wales


The Central Registry of Information on Looted Cultural Property 1933-1945 is a charitable body operating under the auspices of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and established through an initiative of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe.

International Conferences on Spoliated Works of Art
Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets

National Studies and Projects
"Plunder and Restitution" Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States

Sites with links to investigative committees from around the world:
The Commission for Looted Art in Europe
Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets

Research tools
Lost Art Internet Database A joint tool from the federal and state governments in Germany. This centre for research and documentation has information on confiscated pieces from private and public collections that were spoliated in Germany.

The Getty Research Institute On this site, information regarding the history of collections and the provenance of individual pieces is collected and distributed. It provides a virtual research tool based on archival documents, sale catalogues and public collections.

The National Archives and Records Administration This site provides numerous research tools with respect to the spoliation of works of art during the Nazi period.

Schloss Collection

Art Loss Register Database for looted art. For the last few years, it has included works spoliated during the Nazi period. Subscriber fee required.

Scipio (OCLC) A database consolidating a vast number of sales catalogues for works of art dating back to the end of the 16th centruy. This database is the result of a joint effort between the national archives' libraries from a number of countries. Subscriber fee required. However, the database can also be accessed at the Frick Art Reference Library.

Primary Sources
Project for the Documentation of Wartime Cultural Losses From the Cultural Research Foundation Inc., information on the movement of works of art, archives and other cultural properties during the Second World War.
Pertinent bibliography (including sales catalogue) available at the library of the Art Institute of Chicago (Ryerson and Burnham Library)
Theodore Allen Heinrich Papers at the University of Regina. Henirich was an art and architectural historian. He was an officer in the U.S. army during the Second World War. After the war ended, he lived in Germany, where he held several key positions involving work at the Weisbaden, Marburg and Munich Collecting Points. During this time, he worked mainly on the restitution of works of art that were spoliated during the war. The documents in archival boxes 76 to 96 are relevant.
Douglas Cooper Papers at the Getty Research Institute During the Second World War, English art historian Douglas Cooper focused his research on the art thieves and the dealers associated with the Nazi regime. One section of his work involves the collection of works of art by the Nazis between 1940 and 1946. The documents in archival boxes 42 and 43 are relevant.
The Getty Research Institute has other archival records of Nazi-period contemporaries.
Spoliation in France
The Art Looting Investigation Unit Final Report A report prepared by the Office of Strategic Services (U.S. Secret Service) in 1945 and 1946. The report is based on interviews with officials responsible for the implementation of Nazi policies and on extensive documentation.

Organizations Assisting Claimants
Art Loss Register
Commission for Art Recovery (affiliated with the World Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Restitution Organization)

Commission for Looted Art in Europe - E-mail
Holocaust Claims Processing Office of the New York State Banking Department

The Art Claims Dispute Resolution Service
The mandate of this private organization is to provide out-of-court options for the resolution of disputes (mediation, arbitration and preliminary expertise) regarding works of art and/or their provenance.

Articles from Periodicals and Specialized Journals
List developed by the Museum Security Network with articles published on spoliation and restitution of culutural property. Includes hyperlinks to the cited articles. The last article listed is dated July 21, 2001.

List of articles published and compiled by the Arts Journal. Includes hyperlinks to cited articles. The last article listed is dated February 27, 2001.

Sites with Multiple Hyperlinks
Museum Security Network

Mishpat.Net (legal information)

Getty Research Library

National Archives and Records Administration (United States)
This site also offers impressive bibliographies on the following topics:
Art in the Third Reich
Degenerate Art
Looted Art
Legal Issues

National Gallery of Art (Washington)
On this site, the National Gallery of Art provides access to the following documents: "A Guide to Research Resources Relating to WWII" and the Photographic Archives of the Munich Central Collecting Point.