The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum follows the guidelines established by the American Association of Museums(AAM) regarding ethical practices and provenance (ownership history) research. These guidelines call for research into the provenance of all art objects in U.S. museum collections that:
- were created before 1946 and acquired after 1932
- underwent a change of ownership between 1932 and 1946
- were or might reasonably be thought to have been in Continental Europe between those dates.
The MHCAM participates in the AAM Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal Project that provides a searchable registry of objects in U.S. museum collections that changed hands in Europe during the Nazi era and currently has 80 objects listed on the portal.
Please visit the project website for additional information and links to provenance of objects in the collection.