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Spring 200 years ago. Still Life with Flowers in a Greek Vase: Allegory of Spring by Georgius Jacobus Johannes van Os, 1817

Oil on Canvas. Provenance: G.J.J. van Os; aangekocht door het Rijksmuseum, 1824

Spring 200 years ago. Two Riders in a Landscape by Anthony Oberman, 1817

Oil painting, Provenance: Legaat A. van der Hoop, Rijksmuseum

Spring 200 years ago. Rocky Landscape with Sleeping Shepherd by Philip Heinrich Dunker, 1817

Watercolor. Framing line in pen and ink, Provenance: sale, Galerie Bassenge (Berlin), May 25, 2006, lot 5546; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich, Purchase, Carolyn H. Specht Gift, 2007.


Big Success at  Europeana 1914-1918 Transcribathon in Romania


From 21 to 25 March 2017, the Transcribathon Romania  was hosted in Bucharest, Braşov/Kronstadt, Sibu/Hermannstadt and Cluj/Klausenburg. ALL of the assigned Romanian documents with a total of over 1 million characters were transcribed!

In each city teams race against others by transcribing Romanian documents from Europeana 1914-1918 as much as they can in 48 hours.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a big, hearty thank you to everyone who made this event such an incredible success!

More about winners and results here.




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


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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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© 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.


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.

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© 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.

WGA-Files Project


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.

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.