Provenance Research Leads to Successful Repatriation

Holly Cusack-McVeigh, Corey Barber, Kelly Poston

Provenance research is an essential component of the FBI Art Crime Team, which determines the origins of stolen cultural heritage items. The Community Engagement Associates have conducted successful research that has resulted in repatriations to descendant communities and to foreign partners. The methods include: in-situ photograph examinations, facilitation of student provenance research, consultations with field experts, and collaborations with Indigenous communities. This research poster highlights the methodologies conducted and the positive outcomes when completed correctly.

Group Members


Holly Cusack-McVeigh

School of Liberal Arts, Anthropology and Museum Studies


Corey Barber

School of Liberal Arts, Museum Studies


Kelly Poston

School of Liberal Arts, Museum Studies