Ardelia Hall Collection – Offenbach

Ardelia Hall Collection – Offenbach


Offenbach was a central collection point in Germany, created in 1945 by the U.S. to recover and preserve Nazi-looted works of art in order to research restitution claims. The Offenbach Archival Depot was devoted primarily to Jewish religious items, books, and archives. It handled over two million objects during its four years of operation.

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    This set of images from the Ardelia Hall Collection include the records of the Offenbach Archival Depot. They consist of administrative records, cultural object restitution and custody records, correspondence relating to restitution claims, monthly reports, and photographs of library bookplates and markings. The Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives (MFAA) Section transferred Nazi-looted works of art and artifacts from various storage areas and shipped the objects to one of four U.S. central collecting points, including Offenbach.

    In order to research restitution claims, the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) officers gathered intelligence reports, interrogation reports, captured documents, and general information regarding German art looting. This microfilm publication includes a portion of the records that comprise the “Ardelia Hall Collection.” The entire collection is located in the Records of United States Occupation Headquarters, World War II, Record Group (RG) 260.

    Note: Much of the content on this page is taken from NARA's descriptive pamphlet for this title. Choose the following link to download a PDF version of the pamphlet: M1942, Records Concerning The Central Collecting Points (“Ardelia Hall Collection”): Offenbach Archival Depot, 1946–1951.

    Look below under "Related resources" for links to archival descriptions in NARA's online Archival Research Catalog (ARC).

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