2017 marks 40 years of CCAHA. Every Friday, we'll share the articles, photos, and recollections that tell the story of how CCAHA became a world-renowned leader in conservation science.
Over the years, CCAHA has developed relationships with many institutions as we treat multiple objects from their collections. Published 22 years ago today, this article highlights one such relationship, detailing CCAHA’s treatment of various items from Villanova University. In the mid-1990s, CCAHA treated a series of objects from the University's McGarrity Collection, a collection of about 10,000 books, pamphlets, and periodicals related to Irish culture, amassed over a lifetime and donated to the University in 1940.
Along with a description of the life of Joseph McGarrity, the collector of the materials, the article features several comments from then CCAHA Chief Conservator Glen Ruzicka on collections care. Ruzicka explained the deterioration resulting from less-than-ideal environmental storage conditions.