"There was enough in that article that made us want to take a closer look," said Ross Weiland
Ross Weiland, who is Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, told Antique Week what they look for.
In addition to checking online auctions, Weiland
said they "have relationships and connections with various dealers in the antiques and historical record world.
We go to trade shows regularly and set up a booth.
We try to work with people because any legitimate dealer doesn't want to be selling something that was stolen from the National Archives.
Our objective is not to raid people's personal footlockers and take all their stuff.
We don't want it if we can't prove it's not ours."
Asked if they pay for found documents as in Laurie Zook's case, Weiland
replied: "Whoever is in possession of it would have to provide that to us if it does belong to the Archives.