According to the Grove Art Dictionary, provenance is the term used for the record of ownership of movable works of art. A complete provenance provides an accurate account of the locations of a work of art from the time and place of its manufacture to the present.
In acquiring any work of art it is essential that the Museum abide by the strictest legal and ethical standards. Serious effort is given to establishing provenance for all acquisitions, particularly archaeological objects. The Museum follows the guidelines for the protection of cultural properties currently recommended by the 1970 UNESCO treaty. The Museum also complies with the guidelines developed by the AAMD in their Report of the AAMD Task Force on the Spoilation of Art during the Nazi/World War II Era (1933-1945) and with the legislation established in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
All About America: Photographs by Burk Uzzle. 2016 Exhibition catalog by Patricia Leighten. 72 pp. ISBN 9780988741621
Ancient Mediterranean Art in the Ackland Art Museum. 2015 Collection catalog by Mary C. Sturgeon. 334 pp. ISBN 9781469625515
An Eye for the Unexpected: Gifts from the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection. 2014 Exhibition catalog by Timothy A. Riggs, Sara K. Berkowitz, and John T. Rowe. 94 pp. ISBN 9780988741614
Art and Ideas: Nineteenth-Century European Art from the Ackland Collection. 2010 Collection catalog by Timothy Riggs. 29 pp.
Art and Ideas: Early Modern European Art from the Ackland Collection. 2010 Collection catalog by Carolyn Allmendinger and Carolyn Wood. 33 pp.
Fortune Smiles: The Tyche Foundation Gift. 2010 Exhibition catalog with essays by Allan Gurganus, Emily Kass, and Peter Nisbet. 49 pp.
A Place for Meaning: Art, Faith, and Museum Culture: Learning from the Five Faiths Project at the Ackland Art Museum. 2009 Text by Amanda Millay Hughes and Carolyn Wood. 249 pp.
Fashioning the Divine: South Asian Sculpture at the Ackland Art Museum. 2006 Collection catalog edited by Pika Ghosh with essays by Pika Ghosh, Padma Kaimal, Janice Leoshko, and Darielle Mason. 167 pp.
Witnesses to an Age of Transformation: Milton and Satan; Witnesses to an Age of Transformation: Amigoni and Farinelli; Witnesses to an Age of Transformation: Fabre and Lord Holland. 2006 Exhibition brochures by Timothy Riggs et al. 14 pp.; 14 pp.; 13 pp.
Three Sides to a Sheet of Paper: How Prints Communicate, Represent, and Transform (1482-2002). 2005 Exhibition catalog by Timothy Riggs. 36 pp.
Plum, Pine, and Bamboo: Seasonal and Spiritual Paths in Japanese Art. 2003 Exhibition catalog by Lyn Koehnline and Kendal Korach Parker. 14 pp.
Defining Moments: Two Centuries of Photography. 2003 Exhibition catalog by Cathy Keller-Brown and Barbara Matilsky. 16 pp.
In the Studio: Art and Art-Making in Nineteenth-Century France. 2002 Exhibition catalog by Melanie Bailey, Michele Strong, and Carolyn Wood. 24 pp.
European Drawings from the Collection of the Ackland Art Museum. 2001 Collection catalog by Carol Gillham and Carolyn Wood. 256 pp. ISBN 0965380556
Apocalypse Then: Images of Destruction, Prophecy and Judgment from Dürer to the Twentieth Century. 2000 Exhibition catalog by Jennifer Bauer and Timothy Riggs. 32 pp.
Fresh Woods and Pastures New: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Landscape Drawings from the Peck Collection. 1999 Exhibition catalog with essays by Dan Kushel, Theo Laurentius, Sheldon Peck, and Franklin W. Robinson. 144 pp.