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Who Should Participate?


1. Who should participate?
2. What are the benefits of participating?
3. Creating an account
4. What information should I supply?
5. What if I want to list a large number of objects?
6. Other questions

1. Who Should Participate?

Any museum holding one or more objects in its collection that

  • were created before 1946 and acquired after 1932,
  • underwent a change of ownership between 1932 and 1946, and
  • were or might reasonably be thought to have been in Continental Europe between those dates

is encouraged to register these objects in the Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal. In the event that a museum is unable to determine whether an object created before 1946 and acquired after 1932 (a) might have been in Continental Europe between 1932 and 1946 and/or (b) underwent a change of ownership during that period, it should still be listed.

2. What are the benefits of participating?

Researching the Nazi-era provenance of objects and providing provenance information to the public is consonant with the fundamental mission of museums to document and publish their collections. In designing and developing the Portal, the Alliance has tried to ease the burden of conveying the results of provenance research to the public. By participating in the Portal, museums demonstrate that they are committed to the open and responsible stewardship of the objects under their care. In so doing, they show themselves to be worthy of the high public trust we as a community are privileged to enjoy.

3. Creating an account

The Alliance has sought to make creating an account and listing objects as easy as possible. To create an account, email to request a user name and password, along with a set of instructions for logging into the Portal.

4. What information should I supply?

After you log in, we'll ask you to provide us with some basic information about your museum: name, street address, contact person's name and phone number, and a few other items. We'd also like to know whether your museum holds Judaica in its collections.

Once you've completed your museum profile, you can begin adding objects to the Portal registry. We'll ask you to supply some basic identifying information for each object you list. Four basic items are required:

  • Accession number
  • Artist's name
  • Nationality of the artist (or nationality/culture of the object if the artist is unknown)
  • Object title

Ideally we'd also like you to provide two additional categories of information:

  • Object type (painting, drawing, etc.)
  • A brief description

Finally, we'll ask you to provide a URL on your museum's Web site where researchers can find out more about the object(s).

5. What if I want to list a large number of objects?

All participating museums can create object records using a form on the Portal. Museums with more than five objects to register can supply the required information to the Portal staff as an Excel spreadsheet. We'll create the separate object records for you as a single batch process. You can review your object records at any time, and add or change object information.

6. Other questions

Do you have additional questions about the Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal? Contact:

Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal
American Alliance of Museums
1575 Eye St. NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005

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