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Tuesday December 18 2012

Treating a globe from Albert Einstein's home study

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    • Consolidating the surface of Einstein's globe (Institute for Advanced Study 12.170)
    • Close-up of globe, before treatment (Institute for Advanced Study 12.170)
    • Close-up of globe, after treatment (Institute for Advanced Study 12.170)
    • Replacing Einstein's globe on its stand (Institute for Advanced Study 12.170)
    • Einstein's globe, after treatment (Institute for Advanced Study 12.170)
    • Einstein in his home study

Despite his celebrity status, scientist Albert Einstein managed to enjoy a quiet life in his home in Princeton between 1933 and 1955. The Institute for Advanced Study recently brought the globe from Einstein's home study to CCAHA for conservation treatment.

Friday November 16 2012

In the latest issue of Art-i-facts...

    • Art-i-facts Fall 2012 for News

This fall, Art-i-facts looks at ephemera, those fragile, inexpensively manufactured paper objects—such as greeting cards, pamphlets, brochures, tickets, postcards, advertisements, comics, and catalogs—produced for a specific use or event and intended to be thrown away.

Wednesday October 31 2012

CCAHA ready to help with post-Sandy recovery efforts

    • Boxing wet books for freezing

Staff at CCAHA are available to assist institutions and individuals with recovery of paper-based collections that sustained damage during Sandy. Call 215.545.0613 during business hours or use our 24-hour emergency assistance hotline, 215.688.0719.

Wednesday October 31 2012

Treatment Focus: "Touching up" a Chuck Close paper pulp portrait

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    • Close-up, Soyeon Choi applying wheat starch paste, Janet 12.259
    • Janet, Chuck Close, before treatment 12.259
    • Soyeon Choi applying wheat starch paste, Janet 12.259
    • Close-up of crack, Janet, Chuck Close 12.259

When this 2007 Chuck Close portrait, Janet, developed a crack along the figure's eye level, CCAHA Senior Paper Conservator Soyeon Choi used a syringe to administer wheat starch paste—in this case, conservation's Botox equivalent—to mend it.

Wednesday October 24 2012

CCAHA now offering housing and framing services for paintings on canvas

    • Paintings on canvas sealed package

CCAHA's Housing & Framing Department has expanded its services to include housing and framing of paintings on canvas. Services include the “sealed package” system, a preservation measure that aims to reduce the need for future conservation treatment.

Friday September 28 2012

CCAHA to assist the NJ State Library with new NJ Collections Care Initiative

Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the NJ State Library will lead a two-year NJ Collections Care Initiative to address urgent collections care needs. CCAHA will provide assistance in managing the Initiative's educational programs.

Friday September 28 2012

Preserving photographs of the 1910-1913 British Antarctic Expedition's tragedies and triumphs

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    • Kislak Foundation Terra Nova Album 1
    • Kislak Foundation Terra Nova Album 2
    • Kislak Foundation Terra Nova Album 5
    • Kislak Foundation Terra Nova Album 7
    • Kislak Foundation Terra Nova Album 8
    • Kislak Foundation Terra Nova Album 9
    • Kislak Foundation Terra Nova Album 10
    • Kislak Foundation Terra Nova Album 6
    • Kislak Foundation Terra Nova Album 3

Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s final expedition was captured in over 1,000 photographs taken by Herbert George Ponting, the first professional photographer to accompany an Antarctic expedition. CCAHA recently treated 440 prints owned by the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.

Wednesday August 1 2012

CCAHA on the Philadelphia episode of "America's Lost Treasures"

    • Corine Norman McHugh

When the TV series "America's Lost Treasures" came to Philadelphia earlier this year, Paper Conservator Corine Norman McHugh provided on-air expertise. See her in action on August 1 at 10 & 11 PM on the National Geographic Channel.

Monday July 30 2012

Treatment Focus: Drawings of Philadelphia architect Frank Furness' "Factory for Art"

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    • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts facade
    • Washington Foyer of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
    • Elevation of brickwork
    • Section looking through lecture room
    • Skylight over the side galleries

In the case of Philadelphia architect Frank Furness, one can see how the buildings are the product of the man. CCAHA treated 14 drawings of his Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts building for a city-wide Furness celebration this fall.

Friday June 22 2012

Treatment Focus: Unrolling a six-foot-long, 600-year-old Arma Christi manuscript

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    • Treating Arma Christi Roll
    • Close-up image of top of Arma Christi Roll
    • Close-up image of Arma Christi Roll (30 denarii)
    • Close-up image of Arma Christi Roll (column and cords)

This manuscript from the National Shrine of St. John Neumann is one of 20 known copies of the middle English "O Vernicle" poem. It arrived as a rolled bundle measuring just five inches wide and a few inches tall.

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