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Thursday May 10 2012

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

    • Spring 2012 Artifacts Cover for News

This spring, Art-i-facts looks at the preservation of personal papers that shed light on both family history and broader historical events—including journals from early explorers and the letters of Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College Archives.

Monday April 30 2012

CCAHA receives an NEA Art Works grant to support a postgraduate fellowship

    • Washing a document

The grant is one of 788 Art Works grants and part of $24.81 million in funding awarded nationwide. CCAHA's 2012-2013 Advanced Fellow will work with trained conservators to gain hands-on experience in treating a wide range of materials.

Monday April 23 2012

What will you do for Preservation Week and MayDay?

    • Preservation Week and MayDay 2012 logos

This week, ALA-ALCTS celebrates Preservation Week with nationwide events and activities that highlight what we can do to preserve our personal and shared collections. And on May 1, Heritage Preservation sponsors MayDay to encourage disaster preparedness.

Tuesday April 17 2012

Treatment Focus: Conservation of a print yields one very unexpected finding

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    • Philadelphia, from the Great Tree BT (11.344.1)
    • Philadelphia, from the Great Tree AT (11.344.1)
    • S. Benedicti DT (11.344.2)
    • S. Benedicti BT and AT (11.344.2)

With science backing them up, conservators rarely encounter an unknown variable during treatment—but one CCAHA conservator recently uncovered a surprise when she removed the lining paper from a print brought in by a private client.

Thursday March 29 2012

Digital restoration brings a rare photograph back to life

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    • 11.288.2 American ivorytype before treatment and facsimile
    • 11.288.2 American ivorytype albumen print and salted paper photograph

Photograph Conservator Rachel Wetzel was pleasantly surprised when a fragile American ivorytype, a rare photographic process first produced in the mid-1850s, recently arrived in the lab. Treatment would have had a limited success rate, but digital imaging provided a solution.

Monday March 5 2012

Apply now for subsidized risk and preservation needs assessments

    • drying books

CCAHA is currently seeking applicants for our Risk Assessment and Preservation Needs Assessment programs. Through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, CCAHA is able to offer a limited number of subsidized assessments for $350.

Tuesday February 28 2012

CCAHA's treatment of Atlantic County Clerk's Office deed featured in The Press of Atlantic City and on NJTV

    • Atlantic County Clerk's Office deed, before and after treatment

The document has quite a history, having passed through many hands (and traveled across many states) in its 250 years. Read about it on The Press's website, or tune in to NJTV's NJ Today program for a related story.

Wednesday February 22 2012

In the lab: American treasures from the Free Library of Philadelphia

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    • Surface cleaning and filling losses in the weaving pattern book from the Free Library of Philadelphia
    • Weaving pattern book from the Free Library of Philadelphia, before treatment
    • Weaving pattern book from the Free Library of Philadelphia, during treatment
    • Filling losses in a weaving pattern book from the Free Library of Philadelphia
    • Weaving pattern book from the Free Library of Philadelphia

A Save America's Treasures grant has brought a collection of Pennsylvania German manuscripts from the Free Library of Philadelphia's Rare Book Department to CCAHA. Conservators will address iron-gall ink corrosion, deteriorated covers, and flaking leather bindings.

Tuesday January 24 2012

Treatment Focus: A work reminiscent of Candy Buttons, with a slight twist

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    • Surface cleaning "Candy Bottoms" by Linda Brenner
    • "Candy Bottoms" by Linda Brenner (close-up)
    • Lining "Candy Bottoms" by Linda Brenner
    • Lining "Candy Bottoms" by Linda Brenner (2)

Less commonplace today, the colorful sugar dots known as Candy Buttons were once a childhood staple.  "Candy Bottoms," a work reminiscent of the candy (but with a slight twist), recently arrived at CCAHA for conservation treatment.

Wednesday January 18 2012

Apply now for free collections care and management assistance from CCAHA's preservation specialists

    • Anna at Fundamentals of Caring for Paper Collections Part II: Constructing Storage Enclosures

CCAHA is now accepting applications for Tracks I, II, and III of its Philadelphia Stewardship Program.  These grant-funded tracks are designed to aid nonprofit institutions in caring for their collections and offer preservation planning assistance.