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Since its foundation in 1999, Facts & Files has undertaken a multitude of national and international research projects. Because of the enormous thematic variety of research tasks, the company has gained competencies that enable the question "Where can I find what?" to be answered quickly and precisely.The project work focuses on the communication of historical information and the writing of expert reports covering all areas of humanities. Central tasks are the selection of documents, the registering of archival files, as well as the research for historical footage to be used as documentary and film material.


Project Examples

Saxony at Work. Digital Industrial Culture

in cooperation with the Europeana Foundation and the State Exhibition Saxony and funded by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony and the Cultural Area Vogtland-Zwickau

In 2020 the Free State of Saxony will celebrate 500 years of industrial culture. The project "Saxony at Work. Digital Industrial Culture" offers all interested parties the opportunity to get to know testimonies of this history, which are kept in the archives, libraries and records of Saxony, online.

Research for an Exhibition on the History of International Vocational Training Competitions

commissioned by WorldSkills Germany e.V.

Facts & Files conducts research on the history of German participation in International Vocational Training Competitions (IVTC) since 1953.

Provenance Research on the Library of the Berlin State Archive

commissioned by the Berlin State Archive


Transcribathon.eu is a crowdsourcing platform for the enrichment, such as transcription, annotation and geo-referencing of historical documents available through the Europeana Collections Portal. The idea behind the tool is to utilise the sources in a better way by deciphering and transcribing the texts and linking them to an image.

© Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg, Abt. Staatsarchiv Freiburg, W 134 Nr. 044694c, Sammlung Willy Pragher I: Filmnegative I, Bildordner 3-307
© Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg, Abt. Staatsarchiv Freiburg, W 134 Nr. 044694c, Sammlung Willy Pragher I: Filmnegative I, Bildordner 3-307

Cataloguing the Minutes of the Berlin Senate

commissioned by the State Archives Berlin

Since 2019 Facts & Files catalogue the minutes of the Berlin Senate from 1951 on at the Berlin State Archive.

© BStU
© BStU

Research Project on Counterintelligence during the Cold War

Commissioned by Professor Michael Wala of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Facts & Files is commissioned to conduct research on intelligence and counterintelligence operations of the Ministry for State Security at the archives of the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security of the former German Democratic Republic

Expert Report on Nazi Involvement with the University of Cologne

On behalf of the University of Cologne, Facts & Files has been preparing a report since August 2017 which looks at the entanglement of the National Socialist regime with the university's charitable foundations, honorary titles and grants awarded to academics and institutes.

© SDTV / Photo: V. Kreidler  | NAG-Protos Typ 208, 1930
© SDTV / Photo: V. Kreidler

Provenance research on the Vehicle Collection of Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin

Facts & Files was conducting research on the provenance of cars, motorcycles, trucks and coaches which are in the collection of the Deutsches Technikmuseum.

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

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

© 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 had been researching on the provenance of several art pieces belonging to the Wilhelm Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen.

© 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.

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.

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 was 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. In 2017, the painting was restituted to the heirs of Eduard Müller.

© 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.

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.

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.

© WDR/Helmut Metzmacher  | Henri Matisse, Femme assise dans un fauteuil / In einem Sessel sitzende Frau, 1921
© WDR/Helmut Metzmacher

Provenance Research

Research for TV Documentary on the Gurlitt Case

Facts & Files researched several provenance information on paintings belonging to the collection of Cornelius Gurlitt for the TV documentary "Degenerated, Deprived, Discovered - The Trace of the Paintings" ("Entartet, enteignet, entdeckt – Die Spur der Bilder“).

Tutankhamun - His Tomb and its Treasures


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.

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.

© 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. In 2018, Naumburg Cathedral was acknowledged as World Cultural Heritage site.

© 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.

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.

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.

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.

Educational Movie »People under Suspicion – The Ministry for State Security of the GDR«

What was the "Stasi"? Where and how did the "Stasi" work? What significance did the "Stasi" have for the East-German dictatorship? Reporter Malin Büttner and expert Dr. Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk try to find the answers to those questions

Website "Youth Opposition in the GDR"

Commissioned by the Federal Agency for Political Education and Robert Havemann Society, Berlin, www.jugendopposition.de is a German multimedia website focused on resistance and opposition of young people against the repressive East German government.

© 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".

Toulouse Lautrec - La modiste (Reneé Vert)

Internet Documentation on Berlin Art Auctions

from 1933 until 1945

The Koordinierungsstelle für Kulturgutverluste, Germany’s central office for the documentation of lost cultural property, operated the Lost Art Internet Database which was a joint project by the Government and the States of the Federal Republic of Germany. This database registers cultural objects which were relocated, moved or seized, especially from Jewish owners, as a result of persecution under the Nazi dictatorship and World War II. The tasks of the Koordinierungsstelle were taken over by the German Lost Art Foundation in 2015.

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.

Press and Information Office of the Federal Government

Indexing of the photo holding

Commissioned by the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government, Facts & Files selected 5000 historical photographs from the holding of the Federal Photo Archive, which includes around two million pictures.