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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.

Thursday January 5 2012

Registration now open for our Collections Care Training 2012 programs

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    • Constructing storage enclosures at the Caring for Three-Dimensional Objects workshop (December 2012)
    • Storage enclosures made at the Caring for Three-Dimensional Objects workshop (December 2012)

CCAHA is offering a series of programs during 2012 to provide training in a variety of collections care activities that are the cornerstone of a preservation program for cultural collections. Online registration is now open!

Friday December 23 2011

Ten HBCU institutions selected for one-year, in-depth preservation projects

    • Examining negatives at Hampton University 2

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Photograph Preservation Project aims to improve preservation of significant photographic collections held in HBCUs. Ten institutions were recently selected to receive $45,000 grants to fund in-depth preservation projects.

Wednesday December 21 2011

Surveying books from the personal library of the "Poet of the People"

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    • Carl Sandburg's study at the Carl Sandburg Home NHS
    • Mellon Fellow Renee Wolcott surveying books at the Carl Sandburg Home NHS
    • Landscape and goat at the Carl Sandburg Home NHS

Known for his ability to capture in writing the struggles of ordinary Americans, Carl Sandburg produced a wide range of critically-acclaimed works in his lifetime. CCAHA recently surveyed 2,500 volumes from Carl’s personal library at the Carl Sandburg Home NHS.

Thursday November 3 2011

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

    • Art-i-facts Fall 2011 cover for news item

The fall issue focuses on preservation, with articles on emergency planning, a new program to preserve artifacts in collecting institutions across Pennsylvania, and Heritage Preservation's Alliance for Response.

Monday October 17 2011

Treatment Focus: Honoring a great-grandmother through preservation of her portrait

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    • Conservator Jessica Keister inpainting a crayon enlargement (11.104)
    • Crayon enlargement 11.104 BT-AT

The owner of this crayon enlargement portrait had always admired it while it hung in her aunt’s home in North Carolina. Repaired and stabilized at CCAHA, the portrait of her great-grandmother is now ready for display in her own home.