Provenance Research Starting Points
For more in-depth information on this topic, see the research guide Provenance Research at the Clark Library.
The Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance (PSCP) is an invaluable resource for researching the histories of European works of art, with databases containing over 1.5 million records about sales and auction catalogues, collectors, archival inventories, and dealer stock books. Also includes more than 2000 German sales catalogues from 1930-1945. Coverage is 16th– 20th Century.
Yeide, Nancy H., Konstantin Akinsha, and Amy L. Walsch. The AAM Guide to Provenance Research. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 2001.
Indispensable guide to doing provenance research for works of fine art, especially in the area of holocaust-era provenance work. Explains in detail how to find "names of owners, places and dates of ownership, and methods of transfer between owners," whether owners are individuals or institutions. Check especially the chapter on library research. Appendices include valuable bibliographies on the history of collecting and collectors, biographical research resources, dealers and dealers' memoirs, dealer archives and locations, auction sales and exhibition resources, and library and photo archives.
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