From the Field

Advanced Provenance Workshop

June 5, 2018

The Association of Art Museum Directors, the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA), and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands are pleased to present the 2018 Advanced Nazi-Era Provenance Workshop.

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Program The international component of this year’s workshop will emphasize Dutch archives, which will be addressed by speakers from the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorisches Documentatie (RKD), The Hague, and the Bureau Herkomst Gezocht, The Hague.

There will be a session on the hidden gems of museum archives with presentations from the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Harvard Art Museums, and the National Gallery of Art. As previously, we will be welcomed by the Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, who has been generously supportive of our Workshop program. There will be an overview of newly digitized records and the International Research Portal for Records Related to Nazi-era Cultural Property, a National Archives initiative now hosted by the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI). Stephen Clark, General Counsel of the J. Paul Getty Trust, will lead a conversation on international privacy laws related to archives.

Date and Location The workshop will be held on Wednesday - Thursday September 12-13, 2018. September 12 is an optional half day at National Archives, College Park, at which time participants will have the opportunity for an orientation of the facility, to consult directly with Workshop instructors on specific research needs, or to work independently. A reception will take place in Washington following the Archives visit.

On September 13 the program will run from approximately 8am – 5 pm at NARA's Washington headquarters.

Pre-requisites The Workshop is designed for advanced researchers, with prerequisite experience; preference is given to those who currently have a museum affiliation, and is limited to 30 participants to ensure a useful hands-on experience. Each participant should bring a wifi-capable laptop or tablet in order to participate.

Application To apply for this workshop, please complete the application by July 2, 2018. Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified by July 16, 2018.

Registration fee $175 to be paid by check or credit card. To secure your place the registration fee is due 10 days after notification of registration. No payment is due with this application.

Registration includes an optional day at the National Archives in College Park and an evening reception on September 12, as well as continental breakfast and lunch on September 13. 

Travel stipends The Getty Foundation is offering a $500 stipend to defray travel expenses to the first fifteen accepted applicants who indicate need. To qualify for the stipend participants must be from a U.S. museum, which is not located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area; the stipend will be paid to the museum at time of on-site registration. Only one applicant per museum is eligible to receive the stipend.

AAMD and NARA gratefully acknowledge the Getty Foundation and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for generously supporting this program.