Committee of the American Council of Learned Societies on Protection of Cultural Treasures in War Areas report discussing the production of maps at the Frick Art Reference Library.
Transcript: our plans, but also others of less importance, a supplemental file of is being made of private collections and repositories of which only the most important can be accommodated by the maps and lists. To all of these cards we are gradually adding bibliographical material of published catalogues, summaries of contents, etc., in order to build up a type of inventory of inventories to use a future check in obtaining evidence of ownership.
Another section of our files is being prepared to deal with the vicissitudes of this material under war-time conditions. It contains specific references to individual paintings, buildings, or monuments and also to individuals, such as dealers, private owners, etc., directly affected by the war. This war status file is at present being compiled from (1) local newspapers, (2) enemy and foreign newspapers in the Interdepartmental file, (3) foreign radio broadcasts monitored by the FCC, (4) periodicals, primarily art and archeology, (5) European periodicals of like nature of which we propose to have missing examples microfilmed by the Alien Property Custodian, (6) reports and periodicals of the United Nations Offices of Information, (7) library news from the American Library Association, (8) excerpts from factual material contained in reports by AMG officers through the Commission.
For several months members of the Committee have been anxious to have a lecture on the importance of protecting and salvaging the artistic and historic monuments in Europe included in the curriculum of the Civil Affairs Training Schools throughout the country. Through action of the Commission this was accomplished and the Committee prepared the text for the lecture with the supplemental illustrative material of 54 slides, three sets being already in circulation. The lectures are being given at Yale University by Sumner McK. Crosby, at Pittsburgh University by Walter R. Hovey, at Harvard University and Boston by F.B. Deknatal, at Western Reserve University by William M. Millikin, at Northwestern University and Chicago by Daniel C. Rich, at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Michigan by Frederick Sweet, and at Stanford University.
The attached printed statement "First Aid Protection for Art Treasures and Monuments" has been prepared to be distributed to the Civil Affairs officers attending these lectures.
The following is the list of volunteer American and European scholars who have assisted in preparing the maps:
Giorgio L. della Vida
Mrs. Zillah P. Dinsmoor
Rensselaer W. Luc
Clarence A. Manning
Mrs. Zdenka Munzer
Gisela M.A. Richter
Emerson H. Swift
Mr. and Mrs. Hans Tietze
Charles de Tolnay
Assistance in preparing information on libraries was given by Miss Jose...