Resources on The Looting and Destruction of the Collections of the National Museum and Library of Iraq
Websites:The 2003 Iraq War and Archaeology--> Extensive website sponsored by the American Institute of Architects with many links, compiled by Francis Deblauwe, Ph.D.
Iraq: The Cradle of Civilization at Risk --> Excellent material on the impact of war on Iraqi cultural sites put together by the art E-zine H-Museum.
The Threat to World Heritage in Iraq --> Oxford University site
Museumnet --> Links to articles
Oriental Institute WWW News --> Links to articles & broadcasts, particularly for the period leading up to the disaster
The Cultural Heritage of Iraq --> University of Pennsylvania Museum site
Destruction of Iraq's Art --> Arts Journal links to news relevant news articles
Select Articles and Editorials
Premonitions and warnings:
"Blown away " --> Donald MacLeod, Manchester Guardian, March 25, 2003
"The end of civilisation" --> Fiachra Gibbons, Manchester Guardian, April 2, 2003 (includes Slide Show)
"Petition to safeguard Iraqi heritage" --> Manchester Guardian, April 10, 2003
"US lobby could threaten Iraqi heritage" --> Donald MacCleod, Manchester Guardian, April 10, 2003
"US officer warned that there was a risk the museum would be looted" --> By Martin Bailey, The Art Newspaper
The disaster & its aftermath
"Museum's treasures left to the mercy of Looters" --> Jonathan Steele, Manchester Guardian, April 14, 2003
"Islamic Library Burned to the Ground" --> Robert Fisk, The Independent, April 15, 2003
"Crimes Against History" --> Boston Globe Editorial, April 15, 2003
"The Chase in On: For antiquities experts, the chase is on to recover the relics looted from Iraq's National Museum -->By Geoff Edgers, Boston Globe Staff, 4/15/2003
"Raiders of the Lost Art: Why didn't we protect the National Museum and Library in Baghdad?" --> By Meghan O'Rourke, Slate, April 17, 2003
"Liberation and Looting in Iraq" --> Findlaw's Writ Article by Joan Mariner, April 14, 2003.
"And Now: Operation Iraqi Looting" --> New York Times op-ed piece by Frank Rich, April 27, 2003
The art market connection:
"Were Baghdad's Antiquities Thieves Ready?" --> Jack Ewing and Joseph Webber, Business Week Online, April 17, 2003.
"U.S. Accused of Planning to Loot Iraqi Antiques" --> Liam McDougall, Sunday Herald, s.d.
Video & Audio:
NPR Connections Interview with Dick Gorden Broadcasting from Baghdad
Bagdhad Museum Looted --> Channel 4 (UK) Report
WCTX Broadcast --> April 14 Interview with Yale Orientalist
Treasures of the Iraq Museum --> Small Image Database compiled from the Museum's Collection Catalog.
University of Innsbruk's Iraq Museum Website
Erdgeschoss (lower level)
Stockwerk (upper level)
(click on the names of the galleries for thumbnail photos,
then click on the thumbnails to see larger versions of the images)
Lost Treasures of Iraq --> Images from the University of Chicago
Documents:1954 Hague Conventionfor the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
IFLA (International Federation of Library Association) --> Information Page
British School of Archaeology in Iraq --> Society Information Page
Association of Art Museum Directors "Statement on Baghdad Museum"
ICOM (International Coundil of Museums) --> Information on Iraqi Museums Collections
AAM: American Association of Museums --> Includes many links
Archaeological Insitute of America --> AIA News: "Open Declaration on Cultural Heritage at Risk in Iraq"
Society of American Archivists --> Statement on Iraqi Archives
"What Can Be Done to Recover Iraq's Art? " --> Four-part Washington Post Op/Ed piece, April 27, 2003, by Irene Winter (prof. Mespotamian art, Harvard), Martin Sullivan (resigned as chairman of the US Cultural Property Advisory Committee April 14), Richard Zettler (Assoc. Curator U. Penn Museum), and András Riedlmayer (Bibliographer in Islamic art, Harvard Fine Arts Library).
The Baghdad Museum Project --> The Baghdad Museum Project is a non-profit organization with a 4-part proposal to help save the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad, following the looting of the museum in April, 2003. The Baghdad Museum Project seeks to (1) establish a comprehensive online catalog of all cultural artifacts in the museum's collection, (2) create a virtual Baghdad Museum that is accessible to the general public over the Internet, (3) build a 3D collaborative workspace within the virtual Baghdad Museum for design and fundraising purposes, and (4) establish a resource center within the virtual Baghdad Museum for community cultural development.
INTERPOL Incident Response Team on Stolen Iraqi Art --> INTERPOL Press release
Compiled by Thomas Hill, Art Librarian (email@example.com)
Last updated April 28, 2003