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    • Sailor Jerry flash art sheet after treatment
    • Using a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer on a bandbox
  • The Art of the Tattoo
    CCAHA has treated thousands of works admired for their beauty, detail, and innovation, but a recent project that meets these criteria stands somewhat apart from others.  The flash art, drawings, and stencils of legendary tattoo artist Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins are unlike most art seen in the CCAHA lab.  Katherine Magaziner writes about Jerry’s life and his classic “old school” designs.
  • Working on Paper in Three Dimensions
    In responding to a major bandbox treatment project from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, CCAHA conservators applied strategies learned in treating ostensibly very different projects.  Lee Price looks at these unique three-dimensional structures and discusses the challenges involved in their treatment.
  • In Memoriam: Glen Alan Ruzicka
    We remember Glen Ruzicka, a colleague, mentor, and friend.

  • Questions for Mary Anne Manherz, Director of Administration and Operations
    Mary Anne talks about the business side of conservation and how it’s changed in the 25 years she’s worked at CCAHA.
  • High Watermarks
    CCAHA highlights books and websites we think will be of interest to collections care managers, conservators, and collectors.


  1. A sheet of Sailor Jerry flash art that incorporates naval, Asian, and romantic imagery
  2. Mellon Fellow Jessica Keister using a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer to determine the chemical composition of pigments used on a bandbox from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution (gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt, 1913-17-21-a,b)