Missing and Stolen Maps Database
The Missing and Stolen Maps Database has been announced.
In early February 2008, the International Antiquarian Mapsellers Association (IAMA) voted to provide funding for the development and maintenance of a missing and stolen map database. The database is the result of advance cooperation and collaboration between dealers, collectors, librarians and curators. …
This developing database is one of many efforts in the fight against international thefts of cultural property. This is free of charge, fully searchable, international in scope, and accessible using individual usernames and passwords. The title was selected to indicate that not all the reported items are necessarily stolen, as there are other factors that may, at times, result in the disappearance of these valuable historical documents.
We believe that this database will be a useful tool, facilitating more rapid and accurate dispersal of information between relevant groups, including law enforcement. This would speed the retrieval of these valuable stolen documents for libraries, collectors and dealers.