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.
In the mid-80s, CCAHA was involved in a high-profile triage project: the treatment of the paper currency from the sunken ocean liner Andrea Doria. The safe was opened on live television in August of 1984. CCAHA conservators Lois Price and Mary Todd Glaser supervised the removal of the contents and, back at CCAHA. A makeshift laboratory was constructed on the television set, where the conservators examined the U.S. and Italian bills, wrapped them, and placed them in a freezer. Back at CCAHA, the bills were treated by staff members.