About: Sally McKay and Tracey Schuster

Sally McKay I'm head of Special Collections Services at the Getty Research Institute. I hold a BA in art history and a master's in library and information science. I'm keenly interested in the methodology of provenance research. Tracey Schuster I'm head of Permissions and Photo Archive Services at the Research Institute. I hold a BA in art history and a master's in library science. I have a strong interest in the military history of World War II and its impact on art and culture.

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The Art of Search and Rescue

Dr. Frederick Pleasants at the Central Collecting Point / Johannes Felbermeyer
Dr. Frederick Pleasants with the 40,000th picture recovered at the Central Collecting Point in Munich, where Nazi-looted artwork was assembled and redistributed after the war. Photo by Johannes Felbermeyer. The Getty Research Institute, 89.P.4

Rare documents and photographs in the Research Institute’s collections tell the real-life story of key Monuments Men (and Women). More»

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