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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.

Monday January 10 2011

Registration now open for our Collections Care Training 2011 programs

    • Collections Care Training 2011 image

CCAHA is offering a series of programs during 2011 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!

Tuesday January 4 2011

Treatment Focus: Preserving the world's first geographical atlas

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    • Title page, Theater of the World, Abraham Ortelius
    • Map of the World, Theater of the World, Abraham Ortelius
    • Map of the Americas, Theater of the World, Abraham Ortelius
    • Map of Italy, Theater of the World, Abraham Ortelius
    • Theater of the World, Abraham Ortelius
    • Theater of the World cover, after treatment

CCAHA's book section recently treated Abraham Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, considered the first geographical atlas and the most comprehensive summary of 16th-century cartography. The volume is from Boston Public Library's Norman B. Leventhal Map Center.

Monday December 13 2010

The Fall issue of Art-i-facts is now available online!

    • Art-i-facts Fall 2010 Cover (for news section)

This issue features M. Louise Baker's scientific illustrations, Hermann Schwarzmann's architectural drawings for the Centennial Exposition of 1876, and the Lutheran Archives Center's work to raise the match for treatment of Henry Mühlenberg's journals.

Thursday December 2 2010

Treatment Focus: Preserving the legacy of Paul Robeson

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    • Robeson USO tour photograph
    • Robeson Othello poster
    • Conservation Technician Amber Hares mending a pamphlet
    • Conservation Technician Amber Hares surface cleaning a pamphlet cover with grated eraser
    • Robeson materials soaking in a bath

CCAHA staff are currently treating a collection of the performer and activist's letters, books, Broadway posters, and concert programs from the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection of Temple University Libraries.

Friday November 19 2010

Bruce Springsteen boxed set showcases CCAHA's digitization services

    • Bruce Springsteen The Promise notebook facsimile

The Bruce Springsteen album released on November 16 includes an 80-page spiral notebook containing facsimiles of Springsteen's written lyrics and photographs.  Many of the pages come from scans taken while Springsteen's original lyric notebooks were at CCAHA last year.