Archaeology: Cultural Property, Heritage, and Provenance Research


AAM (American Association of Museums) Guide to Provenance Research, by Nancy Yeide.
Mugar N3999 .Y45 2001.

Cultural Heritage Policy Documents, Getty Art Museum. Chronological list from 1877-2000+.

“Cultural Resource Management on the Web: Explore the Dynamic Field of CRM.”  Christine Noonan.  College and Research Libraries News July 2006, 418-422.

IFAR (International Foundation for Art Research) Provenance Guide.

Sources for Provenance Research, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library, Williamstown, MA.


AAMD (Association of Art Museum Directors),  2013 (revised 2008) Guidelines on the Acquisition of  Archaeological Materials and Ancient Art (pdf).

ARCA (Association for Research into Crimes Against Art)

Documenting the Cultural Heritage, Robin Thornes and John Bold. J. Paul Getty Trust, 1998.

Getty Conservation Institute.

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Site Map and Heritage at Risk, ICOMOS reports

International Foundation for Art Research: IFAR

“IFAR works at the intersection of the scholarly, legal, collecting and museum worlds. Its research, information gathering and reporting cross many lines and serve many constituencies, all in the service of integrity in the visual arts.”

International protection of cultural property, UNIDROIT ( INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE UNIFICATION OF PRIVATE LAW) publication, 2004.

Introduction to Object ID: Guidelines for Making Records that Describe Art, Antiques, and Antiquities, Robin Thornes, Peter Dorrell, and Henry Lie. J. Paul Getty Trust, 1999.

Lost Treasures from Iraq, University of Chicago. Images and bibliographies documenting the contents of museums and libraries.

Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Provenance Research Project

Payments to Artists: Pilot Project: 17th-Century Rome. Getty Provenance Research.

Protecting Cultural Objects through International Documentation Standards: A Preliminary Survey. Robin Thornes. J. Paul Getty Trust, 1995.


United States Department of  State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Cultural Heritage Center.

Links to U.S. and international laws affecting issues of national cultural heritage:

United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service.

  • Federal Historic Preservation Laws.  Includes “23 Federal laws and portions of laws that pertain to the preservation of the Nation’s cultural heritage.  Arranged chronologically, the laws trace the evolution of historic preservation and cultural resource management philosophy from the Antiquities Act of 19906 through the American  Battlefield Protection Act of 1996.”  Changes to the laws updated through December 2001.



To find articles in  journals, see Database Indexes to Journal Articles in the Archaeology Research Guide.

AWOL (Ancient World Online) Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals

Common Ground: Preserving Our National Heritage, 2003-present. National Park Service magazine

CRM Archive (Cultural Resource Management), 1978-2002. National Park Service

Culture Without Context: The Newsletter of the Illicit Antiquities Research Center. Published by the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge, England

International Lawyer, 1966-.

Monumentum, 1967-1984. Archive from the  International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).



Art and Archaeology of Afghanistan: Its Fall and Survival. A Multi-disciplinary Approach, ed. Juliette van Krieken-Pieters. Contributions from archaeologists, linguists, and lawyers.
Mugar DS353 .A78 2006

Art Market Research: A Guide to Methods and Sources (2nd ed).  Chapter on Provenance.

Ashgate Research Companion to Heritage and Identity, eds. Graham, Brian and Howard, Peter

Cultural Heritage Issues: The Legacy of Conquest, Colonization, and Commerce, by Nafziger, J.A. Nicgorski, A.M.
Law Annex K3791.C848 2009 (print and  Academic Complete)

Cultural Property Acquisitions: navigating the shifting landscape, by Taberner, Aimee L.  Policy for museum collecting. In the series,  “Techniques and issues in cultural resources management.”
Mugar Library KF 4305.T33 2012


Library Subject Headings

Art and War

Art Thefts

Art Treasures in War

Cultural Property

World War, 1939-1945 — Art and the War



Boston Globe (1872-1983) (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

Chicago Tribune (1849-1992) (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

Los Angeles Times (1881- 1988) (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

Washington post (1877- 1988) (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

For current newspapers:

LexisNexis Academic

Proquest News and Newspapers

eJournals: type in the name of the  newspaper