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Facts & Files provides an expert service for historical research, archiving and making history accessible to the public.

 

The company combines scholarly expertise with efficiency and reliability. For seventeen years, Facts & Files has been conducting historical research, writing reports, undertaking studies and organising archives. An introduction to our other services and current projects can be found on the coming pages. To get in contact, please write - via fax, email, mail or call us!

Join the Europeana 1914-1918 Transcribathon !

 

Two trancsribathons are going on at the moment: Tuesday 21 March 2017, UNESCO World Poetry Day 2017, also marks the launch of the WW1 Poetry Run, the newest thematic Run with poetic treasures written during WW1 from all over Europe.

From Tuesday 14th February 2017 onwards, a collection of World War One documents dedicated to love are available to transcribe and annotate. On the Love Letter Run, transcribers are treated to a selection of romantic letters, poems, pictures and keepsakes, belonging to the wives, husbands and lovers of Europe 100 years ago. You can discover the variety of sources in multiple languages here


 

© Facts & Files  | Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen am Rhein.
© Facts & Files

Provenance research on the Wilhelm Hack Collection and the Municipal Art Collection of Ludwigshafen

Commissioned by the Wilhelm Hack Museum Ludwigshafen am Rhein

Since April 2016 Facts & Files has been researching on the provenance of several art pieces belonging to the Wilhelm Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen. The Wilhelm Hack Museum was founded in 1979 and includes the Municipal Art Collection of Ludwigshafen, and a collection of medieval and modern art donated to the city by Wilhelm Hack in 1973.

© Facts & Files
© Facts & Files

Concept for Monument and Memorial Sites for the City of Königs Wusterhausen

We are commissioned by the City of Königs Wusterhausen to develop a concept by the end of 2017, on how the city history of Königs Wusterhausen can be communicated, experienced and discovered through monuments and memorials for tourists, residents and especially for young people.

© © http://www.europeana.eu/portal/de/search?q=DATA_PROVIDER%3A%22Spielzeugmuseum+N%C3%BCrnberg+%2F+%09+http%3A%2F%2Fwww.museen.nuernberg.de%2Fspielzeugmuseum%2Findex.html%22  | Frage- und Antwortspiel : Das große Verbraucherspiel | Verbraucher-Zentrale Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. (Herausgeber) & Maletzky, Claus (Design) & Schneider, H.J. (Autor)
© © http://www.europeana.eu/portal/de/search?q=DATA_PROVIDER%3A%22Spielzeugmuseum+N%C3%BCrnberg+%2F+%09+http%3A%2F%2Fwww.museen.nuernberg.de%2Fspielzeugmuseum%2Findex.html%22

History of German Consumer-Policy

Since 2016, we are conducting research commissioned by the Federation of German Consumer Organisations on consumer-policy, historical milestones and consumer legislation.

Postcard from Constantinople, 1916

Crowdsourcing Project www.europeana1914-1918.eu

Launched in 2011, the “Europeana 1914–1918” project is a pan-European collection of personal memorabilia from the First World War. Just like this Postcard, sent by Carl Schubert from Constantinople to his daughter Margarete in Spandau.

Facts & Files is handling press relations and organises the collection days during which documents and other objects could be digitised.

Documenting the Collection of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Since August 2002, Facts & Files has been working organizing and registering works of art and other artefacts for the permanent exhibition and of the collection.

Archival Service of the Archive of the National Headquarters of the German Red Cross

Facts & Files is conducting archival service for the General Secretariat of the German Red Cross since 2013.

© VSA-Verlag  | Book titel
© VSA-Verlag

150 Years of NGG

The history of the German Food, Beverages and Catering Union (NGG)

In 1865, cigar workers founded the first all-German union, the General German Cigar Workers Union, in Leipzig. Many workers from other branches of the food and catering industry followed their example by setting up lobby groups. We address numerous aspects of NGG history, and feature these in an exhibition, an online presentation and a book publication.

The History of the Court of Auditors of the German Reich

A Survey about the history from 1933 until the foundation of the Federal Court of Auditors (Bundesrechnungshof) in 1950

Since January 2015 Facts & Files had been conducting research on sources about the history of the Court of Auditors of the German Reich on behalf of the Federal Court of Auditors. The aim of the survey was to locate sources related to the activities of the Court of Auditors of the German Reich. The study examined the role of the Court of Auditors’ key personnel. The project was completed by the end of 2015.

© Rowohlt Verlag GmbH  |
© Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

The History of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution

Research Project

Facts & Files was commissioned by Professor Dr. Constantin Goschler and Professor Dr. Michael Wala of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum to conduct research on biographies of former staff members of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz). The study on the history of the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz by Constantin Goschler and Michael Wala was published in September 2015.

Stream landscape - Salomon van Ruysdael

Research on Property belonging to the Hagen Family

The Hagen Family owned the banking house Hagen & Co. in Berlin, Germany. Carl Hagen (1856-1938), the founder of the bank and his son Louis Hagen (1888-1977), were members of supervisory boards of several companies. When the Anti-Jewish laws were enacted the bank house was forced into liquidation by January 1, 1938. Carl Hagen died on January 30, 1938. His children were trying to escape from Germany.

© WAZ
© WAZ

Provenance of the painting „Women at the Flower Garden“ by Emil Nolde

Facts & Files conducted research commissioned by the Lehmbruck-Museum Duisburg in 2015.

Since 1958, the painting is with the collection of the Lehmbruck-Museum in Duisburg. Until 1942 it was in the art collection of Eduard Müller. Facts & Files produced an expert opinion on the provenance of the painting. On November 30, 2015, the board of trustees of the Lehmbruck-Museum considered the sale of the painting in 1942 as under duress.

WGA-Files Project

www.wga-datenbank.de

The WGA-Files online project on records of the Berlin restitution offices started on September 1, 2012. This project aims to provide information about restitution cases, in order to facilitate provenance research. The Berlin State Archive (Landesarchiv Berlin) supports provenance research since many years. Especially, the record group of the restitution offices of Berlin (B Rep 025, Wiedergutmachungsämter von Berlin) is of high importance. The record group consists of more than 800,000 files of the restitution offices of Berlin.

Exhibition panels of the exhibition »Views of Berlin at Potsdamer Platz« at the Panoramapunkt

Views of Berlin at Postdamer Platz

Open air exhibition at the Panoramapunkt

The viewing platform of Kollhoff Tower at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin has been newly designed. Combined with the Panoramacafé at the 24. floor of the high-rise building, it gains even more attractiveness to visitors. Furthermore, the permanent exhibition “Views of Berlin at Potsdamer Platz” was opened on 15 July 2010 with a greeting by Joachim Gauck and the “Flying Wall” event.

Provenance Research on "Führer Museum Linz"

In 2008, Facts & Files was commissioned by the Federal Office for Central Services and Unresolved Property Issues (BADV) to conduct provenance research. This research concerned the history of ownership of 181 water colours, drawings, sculptures, and paintings. The findings were collated in expert reports.

Galerie Heinemann

Galerie Heinemann Online

Founded in 1872, the Munich based Galerie Heinemann was one of the most important German art dealing companies until it got "aryanized" by the National Socialists in 1938.

Tutankhamun - His Tomb and its Treasures

Exhibition

The Tutankhamun exhibition breaks new ground in the presentation of cultural history, in general and with ancient Egypt in particular. Facts & Files conducted research on related footage, illustrations and photographs, and created educational material, such as student work sheets.

© Piktoresk  | Europeana - We made history
© Piktoresk

Europeana 1989

We made history

Europeana, Europe's digital library, museum and archive, has launched a project titled 'Europeana 1989'. People across Europe are invited to share their experiences, stories and memorabilia from the time of the fall of the Iron Curtain in a digital archive. The project started in Poland with a public debate and a collection day. Europeana 1989 will continue with collection days in Poland, the Baltic States, the Czech Republic, Germany and Hungary and highlight different events from 1989.

© United States Holocaust Memorial Museum  | United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
© United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Research at German Archives

Facts & Files undertakes the registration of records for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), Washington D.C. within the framework of the "USHMM International Acquisitions Program".

Shot in Moscow...

German Victims of Stalinism

"Shot in Moscow..." is an international historical research project, supported by the Foundation for Examination of the Dictatorship in East Germany and realized in collaboration between Facts & Files Historical Research Institute, Berlin and the Russian human rights organization Memorial International, Moscow.

© University of Heidelberg  | Heinrich von Veldeke, ca. 1140 - 1190
© University of Heidelberg

World Heritage at the rivers Saale and Unstrut

Study on the History of the Dominions in the High Middle Ages

The poet Heinrich von Veldeke is thought to have completed his romance “Eneas” at Neuenburg Castle, at the court of the Count Palatinate Hermann. Neuenburg is part of a unique ensemble of early medieval cultural monuments in the Saale- Unstrut region. As part of an application for recognition as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2012, Facts & Files prepared a study of the area’s High Middle Ages history. The decision about the listing of the dominions as World Cultural Heritage site is still pending.

The Art Collection of Herbert M. Gutmann

Provenance Research

Facts & Files conduct research on the provenance and whereabouts of works of art from the collection of Herbert M. Gutmann. Herbert M. Gutmann (1879-1942) was born in Dresden, Germany. In 1872 his father Eugen was one of the founders of the Dresdner Bank. Herbert was a member of the board of managers of the Dresdner Bank AG and head of the board of the Deutsche Orientbank AG. The Dresdner Bank named him as its representative on over thirty advisory boards of both German and foreign companies.