The Hood Museum of Art strives to be a capable steward of the works in its care, protecting each object for the enjoyment of future generations, understanding the origin of each work in the museum's collection, and, when appropriate, deaccessioning objects that do not effectively serve the museum's teaching mission.
The Hood Museum of Art is committed to ethical stewardship of its antiquities by ensuring the legitimacy of new acquisitions and confirming the provenance of works already in the collection.
Whereas the Hood Museum of Art, cannot recommend individual appraisers a list of qualified appraisers can be found here (pdf). Additionally, further resources can be found at www.appraisersassociation.org.
The Hood Museum cannot recommend an individual conservator of artwork but here is a list (pdf) of the conservators that we are aware of.
Our staff undertake systematic evaluation of the museum's holdings in order to recommend the deaccessioning (removal from the collection) of selected works through sale, transfer, or exchange.
NAGPRA & Repatriation
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), signed into law in 1990, provides a legal framework within which federally recognized Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations can request the return of ancestral human remains and certain cultural items—funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony—from federal agencies, museums, and other collection-holding organizations that have received federal funds.
Nazi-Era Provenance Research
The Hood Museum of Art is actively examining provenance gaps and ambiguities for all of the European paintings, sculptures, drawings, and Judaica in its collection.
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