The Committee on the Protection of Cultural Treasures in War Areas of The American Council of Learned Societies was established at the annual meeting of the American Council in January, 1943, and was aided financially by the Rockefeller Foundation and headquartered at the Frick Art Reference Library.

Expert scholars, art historians, collectors, and artists - the most renowned in the world - aided the Council in compiling lists and preparing maps of the most important monuments and works of art to be protected. A master index of all works in occupied countries was developed, as well as an extensive photo archive collection.

For those names in blue, we have completed biographies, and in most instances have a photograph. However, our research continues on each of the other names for which we have varying degrees of information. In some instances, we have just a name. We appeal to the public for help in completing these biographies. Anyone with information, including photographs, should contact