Getty receives grant money for digital German art initiative


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The Getty Research Institute is receiving grant money from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a joint project that involves the digital archiving of German auction catalogs from 1930 to 1945.

The archives are intended to help establish the origins of artistic and cultural assets that were taken from their legal owners during the Nazi regime.


‘German Sales 1930-1945’ is a joint project between the GRI, the Heidelberg University Library and the Art Library, National Museums in Berlin. The project is receiving a grant of $174,120 that comes from the NEH as well as the German Research Foundation.

In total, the NEH and the German Research Foundation are giving away $1.67 million to international digital humanities projects. In all, the NEH said it is contributing $897,000 for the grants while the German Research Foundation is contributing approximately $772,000.

The money is intended to ‘support collaborations between U.S. and German scholars to develop digitization projects that will benefit research in the humanities,’ said the NEH. Each project is sponsored jointly by U.S. and German institutions.

Among the other organizations receiving money as part of the overall grant are the University of Virginia, for its partnership with Germany’s University of Paderborn to develop an open source encoding standard for music notation; Princeton University, for its collaboration with Freie University, Berlin, to digitize more than 200 Arabic manuscripts in the fields of Islamic theology and law; and Tufts University, for its partnership with the German Archaeological Institute to digitize various Greco-Roman materials.

The Getty project, once realized, will make German art auction catalogs from the Nazi era available to the general public.

-- David Ng



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