Provenance research

Provenance research - derived from the Latin word provenire (originating, emerging) - is the study of the origin and course of ownership status of a cultural asset, such as a book or painting. Memory institutions such as museums, archives and libraries have a special obligation to look for Nazi-confiscated cultural heritage, for which a fair and just solution is to be found for the victims and their descendants on the basis of the Washingtoner Principles and the Joint Declaration.

Research on different ownership statuses brought to light not only biographical information but also information about the history of institutions, collections and objects. The "Provenance Research" collection includes provenance features, such as book plates, stamps or autographs, whose previous owners have been identified or which are published for identification purposes.

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Contact details:

Jana Kocourek
Abteilungsleiterin Handschriften, Alte Drucke und Landeskunde
Tel.: +49 351 4677-520
Fax: +49 351 4677-733