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CCAHA's 40th: Truly a Super Idea

    • Truly a Super Idea

2017 marks 40 years of CCAHA. Every Friday, we'll share the articles, photos, and recollections that tell the story of how CCAHA became a world-renowned leader in conservation science. 

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Published in the January 1982 edition of the Association of Canadian Archivists Bulletin, this short blurb on CCAHA and its facilities lauds the development and use of new technologies.

“Of interest to me,” the author writes of CCAHA, “was the quality of their water supply used for washing and treating paper materials.” The article contains a discussion of the use of calcium-enriched deionized water in conservation. Now a standard practice, its use was still in development in the early 1980s. Then, as now, CCAHA was at the cutting edge of best practices in conservation science.

The author continues: “Another point of interest at the Conservation Centre was the drying rack which they designed.” The author describes the style of innovative tiered drying rack, with its nylon webbed shelves, that CCAHA still uses to this day. “The mesh is small enough to support the documents and to permit drainage. It is truly a super idea.” 

See ongoing coverage of our 40th anniversary here.