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    • Reducing fixative on a painting from Lawrence's Hiroshima series (PAFA 12.121)
    • Paper Conservator Samantha Sheesley using solvent to reduce fixative on a painting from Jacob Lawrence's Hiroshima series (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts)

    • Consolidating the surface of a globe belonging to Albert Einstein (Institute for Advanced Study)
    • Consolidating the surface of a globe belonging to Albert Einstein (Institute for Advanced Study)

    • ID of Prints workshop 2013
    • Learning to identify prints at a CCAHA training program

    • Disaster recovery exercise at a Save Pennsylvania's Past workshop
    • A disaster recovery exercise at a CCAHA training program 

    • Bryn Mawr College Chinese scroll painting
    • CCAHA Mellon Fellow Gwenanne Edwards removing flyspecks from a Chinese scroll painting (Bryn Mawr College)

    • Surface cleaning an O'Sullivan photograph from the US Army Corps of Engineers
    • Surface cleaning a Timothy O'Sullivan photograph (US Army Corps of Engineers)

    • Testing solubility on a Lutheran Archives Center journal
    • Testing solubility on a journal page (Lutheran Archives Center)

    • Applying a mend to American Ornithology 2
    • Applying a mend to the edge of a page of Alexander Wilson's American Ornithology (State Library of Pennsylvania) 

    • Filling a loss in the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776
    • Filling a loss in the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776 (Pennsylvania State Archives)

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  • Stabilizing mug shots from Eastern State Penitentiary

      • Mug Shot Book from Eastern State Penitentiary (13.340)
      • Close-up of Mug Shot Book from Eastern State Penitentiary (13.340)
      • Pop-up exhibit at Eastern State
      • Eastern State Penitentiary exterior

    The second artifact on Eastern State Penitentiary's endangered artifacts list—a book containing about one thousand inmate mug shots from 1904 to 1906—recently came to CCAHA for treatment.

  • A summer at CCAHA: Jacinta Johnson talks about her eight-week work project

      • Jacinta Johnson Summer 2014

    Jacinta Johnson, a graduate student in paper conservation, is spending her summer at CCAHA for an eight-week summer work project. As she finished her fifth week, she answered some questions about what she’s been doing so far.

  • Consolidating the colorful media of illuminated manuscripts

      • Marianne de Bovis consolidating media on a Persian miniature from Bucknell University
      • Illuminated Manuscripts from Bucknell University (14.135)
      • Adhering a mend to a Persian miniature from Bucknell University

    Most popular in the 1400s, handwritten illuminated manuscripts continued to be commissioned by the wealthy even after mass-produced printed alternatives appeared. Six prime examples from Bucknell University recently received treatment at CCAHA.

  • In the latest issue of Art-i-facts: the variable nature of photography

      • Inpainting 1864 panoramic photograph from Pennsylvania State Archives
      • Manager of Digital Imaging Andy Pinkham at the viewing hood

    Nowhere is photography's changeable nature more apparent than at CCAHA, where our conservators regularly encounter diverse photographic processes. This spring, Art-i-facts examines the art form.

  • Repairing an original volume of Phillis Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects

      • Mending Poems on Various Subjects from Museum of Amer Revolution 14.097
      • Close-up Mending Poems on Various Subjects from Museum of Amer Revolution 14.097
      • Phillis Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects 14.097

    In 1773, Phillis Wheatley became the first black poet in America to publish a collection. An original volume of her Poems on Various Subjects, on loan to the Museum of the American Revolution, is receiving treatment at CCAHA.

Preservation of Textiles (Philadelphia, PA)

  • September 10, 2014

Participants in this workshop will learn to properly care for costumes and textiles and to identify issues requiring consultation with a conservator. 

Exhibitions for Cultural Collections (Philadelphia, PA)

  • October 7, 2014

This workshop will cover strategies for planning, designing, and installing professional-looking, collections-based displays and exhibitions using low-cost, readily available, preservation quality materials. 

Protecting Collections: Disaster Prevention, Planning, & Response (Part I, Harrisburg, PA)

  • October 20, 2014

One of the most important steps any cultural institution can take to safeguard its collections is to be prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster.  This two-part program will guide participants in risk mitigation, emergency planning and preparedness,

Meant to Last? Preserving the Modern and Contemporary (Philadelphia, PA)

  • October 27 – 28, 2014

This two-day conference will explore the guiding principles to collecting and caring for artifacts of key historic importance from the recent past.  Participants will attend general sessions in the morning and then have the option to select from concurrent sessions,

Focusing on Photographs: Identification & Preservation (Providence, RI)

  • November 6 – 7, 2014

This two-day program will focus on the fundamentals of identifying and caring for photographic collections. Participants will gain a holistic view of identifying photographic materials, caring for these collections, developing appropriate handling and display procedures, and establishing safe storage environments.