daily reports about cultural property incidents
of publications about forgery of art
- The AAM Guide
to Provenance Research
By Nancy H. Yeide, Konstantin Akinsha,
and Amy L. Walsh
- UNESCO: Discover and read complete works on-line at no charge
Since the creation of UNESCO, books and reading have always had a special place in the Organization's cultural activity. Today, the constant improvements in communication technology create a marvelous opportunity to widen this field of action through developing access to quality content and encouraging new cultural habits. The virtual library that you are about to discover is part of the new efforts to make books available to the largest possible public.
This site is different from the increasing number of on-line bookstores that you find on the web. First of all, it contains a limited number of titles but which have been chosen for their quality and pertinence and, secondly, the totality of the text is on-line free of charge. Since some of these titles are now out-of-print, it is a unique opportunity to rediscover them and, for those in-print, they may be ordered.
We decided to open the library with a first selection of works mainly on cultural heritage. Your views are important to us so we would really welcome your comments and suggestions that will help us in our choice of future titles.
Spiel, Robert E., Jr.
ART THEFT AND FORGERY INVESTIGATION: The Complete Field Manual.
The goal of this unique manual is to arm criminal investigators with tools and
weapons that are suitable and effective against art theft and forgery. The
author, with over 25 years' experience in the art theft investigation field,
presents comprehensive techniques, tips, and ideas to help dimish the level of
frustration experienced by criminal investigators required to handle the growing
number and magnitude of art crimes. The structure of the manual is simple and
direct. The first part guides the reader in the use of the text and introduces
the art world environment. The second part discusses the investigator's
interaction with the victim, including interviewing, crime scene investigation,
and identifying and developing suspects. Part three deals with offenders and
covers such topics as art theft methods, forgery techniques, methods of
distribution, and investigative countermeasures. The final section presents a
comprehensive review of solutions and recoveries, including chapters on legal
weapons, insurance and rewards, the use of experts, universal and variable
contact group classifications, object bulletins, art criminal photo albums,
informant development, undercover methods, unidentified victims, and recovery
and seizure of stolen or fake art. In addition, the book is complemented by an
extensive glossary and bibliographic resources. This exceptionally unique manual
is intended to function at an intensely practical level and is intended for both
study and immediate reference.
- The Art Newspaper
A notorious publication very worthwhile subscribing. There is also a possibillity to subscribe to weekly e-mail digest.
- Stealing History:
June 12 2000 saw the launch of Stealing History: the Illicit Trade in Cultural Material, a report commissioned by the Museums Association and ICOM-UK, and written by Neil Brodie, Jenny Doole and Peter Watson. It provides an overview of the illicit trade in archaeological, ethnographic and palaeontological material, and the damage it causes, and makes recommendations for museums to protect them from buying illicit material, and for Her Majesty's Government to help stamp the trade out.
Limited supplies of Stealing History are available, priced £8.00 or $US15.00 (including postage and packing). Please make cheques or money orders payable to "the University of Cambridge" and send them, with your details to Jenny Doole, the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Reseach, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3ER, UK.
- The "Looting Question" Bibliography:
Web and Literary Resources on the Archaeological Politics of Private Collecting, Commercial Treasure Hunting, Looting, and "Professional" Archaeology
PRESERVATION OF LIBRARY & ARCHIVAL MATERIALS
Northeast Document Conservation Center: series of disaster leaflets available on line.
- Archaeology, Antiquities, Theft, and Looting - (“Electronic Bibliography” of URL’s ); composed by Jonathan Sazonoff
Cross reference International Committee on Museum Security (ICMS) publications, composed by David Liston
Art Newspaper.com: stolen art
THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA COLLECTION FOUNDATION; STUDY OF PUBLIC’S BEHAVIOR AT MUSEUMS; FRANCISCO DE LA FUENTE, SECURITY DEPARTMENT CHIEF
THE DESKBOOK OF ART LAW
Peter Harclerode & Brendan Pittaway:
The Lost Masters, the looting of Europe's treasurehouses.
Victor Gollancz, London
To be published August 19.
ISBN 0 575 05254 6
4to, clothbound, dustjacket, 402pp, b/w illustration
The NAZI occupation of Europe during WW.II did more than fuel ideas of
a thousand year Reich. Adolf Hitler was not content with merely the
seizure of the continent's territory but desired its treasures as
well. Fired by his ambition to establish the world's finest museums
and galleries in his former home town in Austria, he systematically
looted Europe's treasurehouses to accumulate a magnificent hoard of
important and priceless art collections.
Much loot was recovered at the war's end, but vast quantities
disappeared once again with the arrival in Germany of Stalin's Red
Army, which indulged in wholesale pillage while other Allies picked
over the ruins on the Third Reich for their own enrichment.
The Lost Masters is a dramatic account of the looting of Europe and
the history of the attempts by those who lost so much to reclaim their
precious art heritage in the face of the indifference from governments
and the international art trade.
The Museum Security Mailinglist has paid a lot of attention to the
recovery of looted art (see: http://www.museum-security.org/ww2) the past
couple of years. This book by Harclerode and Pittaway, together with
Feliciano's The Lost Museum, and Simpson's The Spoils of War, offers a
lot of background information. Not only about the looting during
wartime but also about the near impossible struggle to regain stolen
property after the war was over.
The Lost Masters bears witness to the determination and persistence of
the survivors of the Holocaust, their families and other individuals
searching for what was rightfully theirs. It is also a testament to
the greed and naked self-interest on the part of those trying to
thwart them. During the period since the war some works of art have
been recovered, but the number of looted works still missing is huge
and has a possible value of a staggering US $30 billion!
These books are ' must-read' items, especially for those dealing in or
collecting art and for numerous museums all over the world that hold
art with a doubtful provenance. After reading these publications no
one single museum, collector or dealer will be able to hide behind
For further information about The Lost Masters do contact:
Laura Wolverson in the United Kingdom at:
(0)171 520 4469
The National Locksmith magazine
Internet resource for international legal research
Holocaust-Era Assets: Research Institute Resources
This short list refers to Research Institute holdings which bear upon
nazi-era looting and post-war dissemination of stolen art. These
archives contain provenance information, financial records,
correspondence, and photographic documentation that both track the
movement of objects and document the art market. The Research
Institute houses many more archives than are listed here and therefore
researchers are encouraged to browse the Research Library's on-line
catalogues, IRIS and the Photo Study Collection Database, for dealer
and gallery archives, as well as auction and conservator photographs,
which may contain useful provenance information. The Institute has
also a comprehensive collection of dealer and auction catalogues. In
addition to these resources, the Getty Provenance Index maintains
several electronic databases as well as nonautomated material on the
history of ownership of works of art gathered from sales catalogues,
archival records, and museum files.
Douglas Cooper, Papers, ca. 1933-1985. Sections dealing with Nazi art
policy and looting, and Allied protection of cultural property. Access
may be partially restricted.
Ellis K. Waterhouse, Notebooks and research files, (bulk 1924-1979).
Includes diaries which describe works in situ in private and public
collections from the 1930s through the 1950s. Other Waterhouse
resources in Special Collections and the Photo Study Collection.
- International Journal of Cultural Property
The International Journal of Cultural Property, published by OUP from
1998, is a major forum for the discussion of all questions relating to
cultural property policy, ethics, preservation, economics and law.
Museum Services International Home Page
1716 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
MSI IS A NON-PROFIT EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION-YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS ARE MOST WELCOME
The International Museum Bookstore
International Art and Craft Boutique.
Since 1983, MSI has been providing planning, implementation and technical assistance services to the International Cultural Institution Community. However since most of our work occurs "behind the scenes" within these institutions, we are pleased to provide these educational opportunities to YOU.
Simpson, Elizabeth (ed.). The Spoils of War--World War II and Its Aftermath:
The Loss, Reappearance, and Recovery of Cultural Property.
New York: Harry N.
Abrams, Inc., 1997.
There is a large bibliography in this publication.
By John E. Conklin
Praeger Publishers. Westport, Conn. 1994. 320 pages
LC 93-11869. ISBN 0-275-94771-8. C4771 $55.00
** Description **
"...Conklin spares no group or individual in this expose-museums,
dealers, auction houses, corporate collectors, and even the artists
themselves are scrutinized. His thorough research is supplemented by a
lengthy bibliography. Professionals and general readers alike will
find much of interest in this outstanding contribution to a realtively
neglected subject." Library Journal
This is the only book by a criminologist to look at the full range of
crime involving works of art: forgery, fraud, theft, smuggling, and
vandalism. It is up to date, drawing on much material from the "boom
years" of the art market in the 1980s and continuing up through the
1990s, and assimilating information from a variety of sources: art
magazines, newspaper accounts, and the relatively small amount of
scholarship on art crime by art historians and criminologists. In
addition to considering the motives of thieves, the book looks at the
way art theft is socially organized: the types of thefts that are
committed, the ways thieves locate art to steal and how they gain
access to it, their use of insiders and fronts, and the way they
launder stolen art. The relationship between art theft and organized
crime, especially drug traffickers, is investigated. After looking at
explanations of art vandalism and the way vandals explain their
behavior, the book concludes with a consideration of policies to curb
art crime. The entire book is written in a highly entertaining way,
packed with case studies of numerous crimes and stories of smuggling,
grave-robbing, and skullduggery, that will appeal to a general
audience as well as professionals and academics in criminology,
sociology, and art history.
"Criminologist Conklin's engaging and informative study of crime in
the art world is the most thorough examination of this complex subject
to appear in years. Art crime includes forgery, fraud, theft,
smuggling, and vandalism of fine art, antiquities, and ethnographic
objects, and more often than not, it goes unreported. Experts hate to
admit to being fooled by forgeries; dealers and collectors often
indulge in fraud to inflate value but control costs and many thefts
are actually commissioned. Conklin describes examples of each type of
art crime and, in the volume's most innovative sections, analyzes the
social organization of the art world and the methods by which its
denizens establish the value of art."
The Spoils of War. Newsletters
István Fodor, Josefine Leistra, Doris Lemmermeier, Jacques Lust.
Special thanks to Sigrid Rogalitzki and Willi Korte.
Koordinierungsstelle der Länder für die Rückführung von Kulturgütern
beim Senator für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Kultur und Sport
Herdentorsteinweg 7, D-28195 Bremen
Tel.: 0049 - 421 - 361 6788 / 361 16173
Fax: 0049 - 421 - 361 6025
THE ART BRIEF
The Art Brief -- providing the latest news about the artworld.
It has never been so easy to keep informed about news of the art world. We gather the latest news about exhibitions, museums, art fairs, auctions, and other key art information, then condense it into an easy to read format, and deliver it to you weekly by e-mail. Our "art briefs" also cite the original sources of the news if you want to follow up with more in-depth information. Our sources include the daily newspapers and specialized art magazines, press releases, and museum and media web sites.
And we don't just cover the traditional fine arts. We include the decorative arts, archaeology, architecture, design, photography, historic preservation and conservation.
- National Trust for Historic Preservation, Disaster Preparedness BIBLIOGRAPHY
- booklist Fakes and Forgeries
The Scandal of the Century;
The Mansoor Amarna Exposé
The Scandal of the Century - The Mansoor Amarna Exposé is the factual
story of The Mansoor Amarna Collection (http://www.amarna.com/). The
controversy over this collection involves Egyptologists, scientists,
and museums from around the world.
Ms. Mansoor wrote this book to expose the unscholarly and tyrannical
control that a few scholars have on the art world and our perception
of the shape of past civilizations. The public should be made aware of
their influence, indicates the author, so that some protection is
established for our ancient heritage.
This exposé concerns a collection of 106 limestone sculptures and
fragments, dating from circa 1350 B.C., representing the beautiful
Queen Nefertiti, King Akhenaten, and their family.
The author's family has spent over forty years fighting to prove the
authenticity of their collection. The author points out that they
wouldn't have wasted their time and energy on that fight if they
weren't absolutely sure of the authenticity of their sculptures.
Read the complete book on line at: http://www.scandalofthecentury.com/
The Journal of Conservation & Museum Studies:
Published under the auspices of
the Institute of
Archaeology, University College London,
exists as an academic World Wide Web publication,
information to the global conservation and museum community.
and articles found in the Journal represent the work of
and museum studies students from around the world, and have
refereed by academic staff representing conservation and museum
training programmes. The Journal is available at
London (UK), and at
- Kluwer publications on Art and Law:
Art Antiquity and Law
- Art Loans
Legal Aspects of International Trade in Art/ Aspects juridiques du commerce international de l'art
Law, Ethics and the Visual Arts
- The Lost Museum, the Nazi conspiracy to steal the world's greatest
works of art.
The Lost Museum by Hector Feliciano. Published by Basic
Books (Harper Collins Publishers), 1997, ISBN 0-465-04194-9.
"A dramatic blend of WW II narrative, art history, and
investigative journalism revealing the details of a shocking
international conspiracy......." This books contains the story of the
Nazis taking over 20,000 paintings, sculptures, and drawings from
France. A 278pp clothbound, octavo, illustrated book. Price in USD:
27.50 (Canadian 39.00). The book is illustrated with private family
pictures many of which have never been published before and is focused
on the private collections of five families: Rothschild, Rosenberg,
Bernheim-Jeune, David-Weill, and Schloss. It traces the art works as
they passed through the hands of top German officials, unscrupulous
art dealers, and unwitting auction houses such as Christie's and
Sotheby's. Many works were returned to the owners, but thousands
disappeared (as well as the owners....). Hector Feliciano spent more
than seven years tracking down the story of this nazi pillaging. As
all of you know the French government, after over fifty years (!!),
exhibited many of the stolen artworks in several museums past spring.
The book by Feliciano seems to belong in every art security reference
library. Nobody will be able to deny knowledge about art looting in
wartime in future (just wait and see what we will learn about the
looting of art in the former Yugoslavia....)
- The AAM Bookstoreon-line. You may
browse the full catalogue of professional literature in 20 categories,
from Accessibility to Volunteers, and choose your books on-line.
- Art heritage Saved for Humanity, The Hermitage
- The Art Brief
The Humanities Exchange, a non-profit museum service organization, has begun publication of a new on-line newsletter. The ART BRIEF is available at no charge, and will be sent to your e-mail address weekly. For the latest news and information about museums, exhibitions and art events in Europe and North America, just send your e-mail address, and each new issue will appear in your box every Tuesday morning.
- SOURCES OF INFORMATION ON ANTIQUITIES THEFT:
This annotated bibliography is updated whenever new sources that meet the criteria of the bibliography are found.
- Archives and Museum Informatics is an international forum for exploring the representation of knowledge and the management of information relating to the world's cultural heritage. The journal aims to present timely and technical contributions to cultural informatics, and includes theory, case studies of implementations, and reviews of standards, print and electronic publications, software, network sites and conferences.
Archives and Museum Informatics seeks articles which build commonality of interests between museums, archives and libraries, and scholarship in the arts and humanities. It balances the interests of documentation, education and entertainment, and aims to strengthen practice in each domain through the knowledge, understanding and application of inter-discliplinary approaches.
- Art loans by Professor Norman Palmer
- 1997 DISASTER RECOVERY SOURCEBOOK
- MUSEUM SECURITY AND PROTECTION:
publication by ICOM and Routledge offering action guides and checklists on almost all aspects of museum security. This link will lead you to table of contents.
- DISASTER RESEARCH CENTER
Historical and Comparative Disaster Series
- VIRTUAL SECURITY LIBRARY
A page by Robert A.Gardner.
"The Virtual Security Library is growing. If you have written an article on a security or crime prevention topic or own the rights to such an article, and would like to have it appear here, let us know."
Art Business Magazine
for artists and arts workers. Culture. Art. Marketing. Sales. Art History. Economics. Art Business Services.... Updated weekly. Open submissions policy. All articles copyright their respective authors who may be reached through Art Business Magazine.
- JOURNALS THAT REGULARLY, OR WITH RELATIVE FREQUENCY, CONTAIN MATERIAL ON THE TOPIC OF ART THEFT
- JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND POPULAR CULTURE:
Published by the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Available electronically on the Internet from SUNYCRJ@UACSC2.ALBANY.EDU or on the World Wide Web (WWW) with the Uniform Resource Locator (URL):http://www.albany.edu/~gh7878/cjhome.html. For journal readers, this Web site is especially useful as a mechanism for identifying and retrieving articles and/or review essays of particular interest. For instance, one can search the indices for any volume and access any article or review essay almost instantaneously simply by choosing its title. Alternatively, one can search for material published in _JCJPC_ by author and, soon, by subject. Finally, the Web site is also of benefit to readers as it provides linkages to other Web sites that contain information relevant to the substantive concerns of _JCJPC_: criminal justice and popular culture.
- AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PHYSICS OF THE MUSEUM ENVIRONMENT, by Tim Padfield
Reference sheet for calculations concerning atmospheric moisture 9/96
Evidence from thin air 7/96
Lumen and Lux 6/96
Effects of light on museum objects - light units 5/96
A Himalayan Legend 4/96
Humidity buffering by absorbent materials 3/96
The Absorption of water by materials 2/96
The Mollier Diagram 1/96
The Great Art Robbery at Skamkloster 12/95
Humidifying apparatus for relaxing paper, mark 2 11/95
with notes on saturated salts (updated 6/5/96) and thermocouples.
Humidifying device for relaxing paper 10/95
The breath of Arrhenius: air conditioning in photographic archives , with Jesper Stub Johnsen
- SECURITY MANAGEMENT ONLINE
The Security Professional's Central Web Connection. Security Management Online, the online service of Security Management, the monthly magazine of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). On this Web site, regularly features are offered from the magazine, such as editorial columns and articles, as well as information only available online
Security Management Online Forums: This is a list of topics for discussion.
- ART DAILY and INTERNET ART MAGAZINE:
frequently give reports and articles of on stolen art.
- ART AND ANTIQUES MAGAZINE
- SOURCES OF INFORMATION ON ANTIQUITIES THEFT:
This annotated bibliography (Selected by Laura Pope Robbins currently employed as a Reference Librarian in the Jack R. Hunt Library) is updated whenever new sources that meet the criteria of the bibliography.are found.
- SOFTWARE PROGRAM INCLUDING CLIP-ART TO
DESIGN EMERGENCY PLANS
table of contents
A Handbook for Cultural Heritage Institutions
ICOM AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE ON MUSEUM SECURITY.
Published in conjunction with Routledge
11 New Fetter Lane, London EC4P 4EE
29 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001
ISBN 0-415-07509-2 (pbk)
Cover text:Security is a major problem faced by all cultural heritage
institutions worldwide. Buildings and collections need to be protected from theft and
intrusion, from decay, damage, fire and other disasters, and the safety of visitors and staff
ensured. With comprehensive coverage of all the issues, this book is the definitive practical
guide to museum security and protection. It is relevant to all cultural institutions, whatever
their size and available resources, from the largest national museum, country house, or park,
to the smallest local museum, country house, or park, to the smallest local museum or
archaeological site in a developing country. Written by a team with extensive experience,
using a clear, accessible style with numerous practical action guides and checklists, MUSEUM
SECURITY AND PROTECTION establishes new standards for security practice internationally.
Section I Basic protection services1. Cultural Property Security and Protection Theory
1a Common Security Mistakes
1b Protection problem identification
1c Developing nation cultural institution protection survey
1d Protection program management system
2. Cultural protection duties and responsibilities
2a Protection institution policy guide
2b Protection manager job description
2c Protection orientation materials
2d Security procedures guide
3.Vigilance and guard servicesAction Guides:
3a Protection staff post order
3b Protection staff reaction guide
3c Protection staff duty analysis
3d Incident report guide
3e Protection staff performance objectives
4. Protection, security, and conservation of collections
4a Collection management policy guide
4b Professional collection ethics policy guide
4c Work consideration elements from background checks
4d Internal theft prevention program guide
4e Fine art handling rule guide
4f Guide to environmental elements which damage collections
Section II Building protection services5. Physical security
5a Gardens and grounds rule guide
5b Crowd control guide
6. Building management and control
6a Property control rule guide
6b Indentification and access control rule guide
6c Exhibit area rule guide
6d Security levels for collection storage
6e library and archive protection rule guide
6f Important emergency building systems
7. Electronic building protection
7a motion detector alarm installation guide
8. Building fire protection
8a Fire prevention inspection report guide
9. Building construction, renovation, and rehabilitation
9a Construction management planning and coordination guide
9b Exhibit installation and demolition security guide
9c Major exhibit and minor construction protection guide
9d Major construction and renovation protection guide
9e New and rehabilitation construction security guide
9f Cultural institution new building agenda guide
9g Construction contractor security guide
Section III Special protection services10. Non-building cultural property protection
10a Legal recommendations for national legislation on the protection of cultural property
10b Interpol theft reporting guide
10c Cultural property loan security levels
10d Facility report guide
10e Collection security transit guide
10f Cultural property protection guide for release to the press
11. Personal safety in cultural institutions
11a Personal safety program or policy guide
11b Accident or injury report guide
11c Accident prevention inspection guide
11d Personal safety inspection report guide
11e Staff personal safety program guide
12. Emergency planning operation
12a Emergency risk analysis assessment
12b Emergency plan guide
12c Emergency calling or notification guide
12d Emergency services and supplies guide