The Commission for Provenance Research uses archives in Austria and other countries to identify confiscated objects in federal collections and to trace their history as fully as possible. The main Austrian sources are in the Austrian State Archive, the Vienna City and Provincial Archive, and the archives of the Austrian Federal Monuments Office and the federal museums.

The Commission investigates the federal collections; provincial and municipal authorities and other institutions conduct similar investigations of their collections. The Bureau of the Commission can forward inquiries about these collections and provide initial assistance.

Some institutions and websites providing information and assistance for independent research

The website, the Jewish Community of Vienna’s research guide, and the National Fund of the Republic of Austria provide lists of archives containing material for provenance research and describe them in detail.

National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism

Jewish Community of Vienna (IKG), Department for Restitution Affairs: research guide, Materialien zum Nationalsozialismus. Vermögensentzug, Rückstellung und Entschädigung in Österreich

The following websites deal with various issues relevant to provenance research:

Deutsches Historisches Museum (DHM):
Datenbanken zur Provenienzforschung
Databases on Sonderauftrag Linz, Hermann Göring’s art collection and the Munich Central Collecting Point (CCP) can be consulted through the DHM.

Documentation Archive of Austrian Resistance (DÖW)
including victim search database

Die genealogische Datenbank

Deutsches Zentrum Kulturverluste:
Lost Art Internet Database

Findbuch for Victims of National Socialism

Wienbibliothek digital:
Adolph Lehmann’s allgemeiner Wohnungs-Anzeiger

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. (Claims Conference)

The Restitutions Committee (Netherlands)

Commission d’indemnisation des victimes de spoliations intervenues (France)
du fait des législations antisémites en vigueur pendant l’Occupation (CIVS)

Spoliation Advisory Panel (Great Britain)

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (Poland)

Documentation Centre for Property Transfers of Cultural Assets of WW II Victims (Czech Republic)

The list makes no claim to completion. The Commission accepts no liability for the contents of the linked sites.