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Tuesday May 17 2011

CCAHA awarded grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

    • NEA Fellow Marion Verborg inpainting losses on Reading the Emancipation Proclamation with pastels

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that CCAHA has been recommended for a grant to support a one-year advanced fellowship beginning September 1. Advanced Fellow Mary Broadway will gain hands-on experience in all areas of the conservation process.

Friday April 29 2011

Conserving beautiful hand-colored lithographs from the Album Vilmorin

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    • Surface cleaning NAL Album Vilmorin
    • National Agricultural Library Album Vilmorin prints BT
    • NAL Album Vilmorin applying dilute bleach gel
    • NAL Album Vilmorin AT close-up
    • NAL Album Vilmorin applying gel

Vilmorin-Andrieux & Cie, the 19th-century seed company, was known not only for its quality product and research but for its impressive publications. Eleven plates from its celebrated Album Vilmorin, owned by the National Agricultural Library, recently received treatment.

Tuesday April 12 2011

CCAHA's treatment of legendary tattoo artist Sailor Jerry's work featured in Philadelphia Daily News

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    • Testing inks on a Sailor Jerry flash art sheet
    • Sailor Jerry flash art sheet after treatment

A team of 10 conservators just finished treatment on the flash art, drawings, and stencils of Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins, arguably the greatest tattoo artist of the 20th century. Read the article here.

Wednesday March 30 2011

A treasured copy of Reading the Emancipation Proclamation, preserved

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    • Close-up of Reading the Emancipation Proclamation
    • Reading the Emancipation Proclamation before treatment
    • Reading the Emancipation Proclamation after treatment
    • NEA Fellow Marion Verborg inpainting losses on Reading the Emancipation Proclamation with pastels

The 1864 engraving Reading the Emancipation Proclamation was one of few images commemorating the freedom order to focus on the reactions of freed slaves.  CCAHA Fellow Marion Verborg just completed treatment on one family’s cherished copy.

Tuesday March 15 2011

Preserving the vestry minute books of the first African American Episcopal Church

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    • African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas vestry minute book page 2 (for news)
    • African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas vestry minute book use copy 1 (for news)
    • African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas vestry minute book use copy 2
    • African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas vestry minute book use copy page

The vestry minute books of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas record not only church business, but the church's participation in historic events.  Use copies of the books allow researchers access to their information without harm to the originals.

Tuesday March 1 2011

Preparing botanical texts for display at Pennsylvania Hospital's upcoming "Flower to Pharmacy" exhibition

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    • Removing spine adhesive from William P.C. Barton's A Flora of North America (Pennsylvania Hospital)
    • Trimming mends in John Gerarde's The Harball or Generall Historie of Planes (Pennsylvania Hospital)
    • Close-up of trimming mends in John Gerarde's The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes (Pennsylvania Hospital)
    • Facsimiles of pages from New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeus (Pennsylvania Hospital)
    • Facsimiles from Jardin de la Malmaison and Natural History of Carolina... (Pennsylvania Hospital)
    • Facsimiles mounted to mat board await trimming (Pennsylvania Hospital)

CCAHA staff are treating and digitizing nine unique botanical volumes from Pennsylvania Hospital.  The books will be featured in the exhibition "Flower to Pharmacy", which begins March 7 at the Hospital's Historic Library in Philadelphia, PA.

Tuesday February 15 2011

Digital enhancement makes Westtown School drawing exhibition-ready

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    • Westtown School drawing before treatment
    • Westtown School drawing after treatement
    • Westtown School drawing facsimile after digital enhancement

Architect Addison Hutton's original drawing of the main building of Westtown School, the Quaker day and boarding school located in West Chester, PA, is exhibition-ready after conservation treatment and digital enhancement at CCAHA.

Monday January 31 2011

CCAHA's Philadelphia Stewardship Program seeks regional applicants for grant-funded collections care initiative

    • Westtown storage before and after

CCAHA is now accepting applications for its Philadelphia Stewardship Program.  This program is comprised of four grant-funded tracks that are designed to aid nonprofit institutions in caring for their collections.

Monday January 31 2011

Treatment Focus: Trout fishing in the Poconos with a 1938 map

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    • Mellon Fellow Jessica Keister removes varnish from Swiftwater Preserve map
    • Swiftwater Preserve map blotter washing in sink
    • Swiftwater Preserve fly-fishing club map BT/AT
    • Close-up of Swiftwater Preserve map

For the past 115 years, the Swiftwater Preserve fly-fishing club has been fishing the same stretch of stream in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  A hand-drawn map of the area just received treatment at CCAHA.

Wednesday January 26 2011

CCAHA to continue photographic preservation efforts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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    • KSU 1939 Class Photographs Close-up
    • RWWL photo 5
    • Hampton U. Photo 2
    • RWWL photo 3
    • Fisk photo 3

A Mellon Foundation grant to LYRASIS will fund the second round of the HBCU photograph preservation project, a joint effort by CCAHA, LYRASIS, the HBCU Library Alliance, the University of Delaware Art Conservation Department, and the Image Permanence Institute.