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Documents of the Gurlitt Estate

The writ­ten doc­u­ments and pa­pers of Cor­nelius Gurlitt’s es­tate have been pro­fes­sion­al­ly cat­a­logued and as­signed ref­er­ence num­bers. These com­prise about 25,000 doc­u­ments of both a busi­ness and per­son­al na­ture, e.g., busi­ness records and ad­dress books, cat­a­logues, cor­re­spon­dence and ap­prox. 2,400 pho­tos of art­works and the fam­i­ly. An on­go­ing eval­u­a­tion of these doc­u­ments is un­der­way and all find­ings are made avail­able to sup­port the re­search in­to the prove­nance of the art­works. A de­tailed find­ing aid has been cre­at­ed for a large por­tion of this col­lec­tion of ma­te­ri­als. Any doc­u­ments that are chiefly busi­ness-re­lat­ed have been dig­i­tized in co­op­er­a­tion with the Bun­de­sarchiv (Fed­er­al Ger­man Archive). Since April 2016, al­most 2,400 dig­i­tized re­pro­duc­tions can be ac­cessed in the read­ing rooms at the var­i­ous lo­ca­tions of the Bun­de­sarchiv (fur­ther in­for­ma­tion).

The dig­i­tized busi­ness pa­pers con­sist­ing of about 22.000 doc­u­ments of busi­ness or pre­dom­i­nat­ing busi­ness char­ac­ter can be ac­cessed at the lo­ca­tions of the Bun­de­sarchiv (Fed­er­al Archive) since Ju­ly 2017.