When at the close of 2004, the historical research into the history of the artworks recuperated after the war which now belong to the NK collection has been concluded, the results of this research will have to be preserved as comprehensively as possible and where necessary will have to be brought up to date. The committee recommends that the documentation compiled by the Origins Unknown Agency (Bureau Herkomst Gezocht), which primarily consists of the database and the individual documentation files per artwork should be lodged in the National Archives (Nationaal Archief) in the immediate vicinity of the archives of the SNK, where they should be made fully and permanently accessible to official interested parties, which is also taken to mean members of the Restitutions Committee and the Ekkart Committee, and – in due course – when the existing term of limitation of public access in connection with privacy aspects has passed, also to any other interested party. The government should take suitable measures in order to preserve this documentation and to keep it accessible.

Recommendation 9

The committee recommends that the documentation compiled during the Origins Unknown  Agency’s research should be preserved permanently and as complete as possible and be lodged in the National Archives. There, the material must be made accessible to official interested parties and - in due course – to all interested parties. The government should take suitable measures in order to preserve this documentation and to keep it accessible.