To date, no comprehensive research has been conducted regarding the archival heritage of European Jewish art collectors, artists and the collections' cultural, historical and sociological context, including the turbulent and tragic history of Jewish artists and Jewish owned art collections in 20th century Europe. Due to the particularities of European Jewish history, the documentary bequests of many artists and art collectors are scattered and spread among many institutions. While there are many European heritage and government institutions holding relevant records, the communities do not always collaborate closely.
Our JDCRP project aims to bring together archival professionals from European institutions with significant holdings. Its main objective is to enhance the knowledge of key personnel of the participating institutions regarding the nature, structure and content of archival material held by other organisations relevant to their own collections. The project also wishes to create a network of professionals of the archival heritage of Jewish art collectors and Jewish artists that will closely cooperate on developing a European database of looted Jewish owned cultural assets (project detail on next page), disseminating best practices and promoting further research.