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Thursday November 3 2011

In the latest issue of Art-i-facts....

    • Art-i-facts Fall 2011 cover for news item

The fall issue focuses on preservation, with articles on emergency planning, a new program to preserve artifacts in collecting institutions across Pennsylvania, and Heritage Preservation's Alliance for Response.

Monday October 17 2011

Treatment Focus: Honoring a great-grandmother through preservation of her portrait

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    • Conservator Jessica Keister inpainting a crayon enlargement (11.104)
    • Crayon enlargement 11.104 BT-AT

The owner of this crayon enlargement portrait had always admired it while it hung in her aunt’s home in North Carolina. Repaired and stabilized at CCAHA, the portrait of her great-grandmother is now ready for display in her own home.

Friday August 26 2011

Treatment Focus: Delaware Public Archives to restore conserved historic documents to their former home

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    • Ingrid with State Archivist Stephen Marz from DE Public Archives
    • Conservation Assistant Heather Godlewski treating DE Public Archives documents
    • Deed signed by William Penn, DE Public Archives
    • Penn's royal seal, DE Public Archives

Buena Vista, in New Castle, DE, was home to several prominent Delawareans, including Clayton Douglass Buck, governor and a United States senator. After receiving conservation treatment, historic documents that he displayed there will once again hang in the house.

Friday July 29 2011

Treatment Focus: Preserving fraktur, a Pennsylvania German tradition

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    • Senior Conservator Soyeon Choi consolidates media on a fraktur from the Berman Museum
    • Birth and baptismal certificate from the Berman Museum (11.173.22)
    • Birth and baptismal certificate from the Berman Museum (11.173.2)
    • Berman Museum fraktur featuring Adam and Eve (11.173.8)
    • NEA Fellow Marion Verborg removing backing board from a fraktur from the Berman Museum

Pennsylvania German communities in the 1700s and 1800s documented religious beliefs and important events through decorated manuscripts called fraktur. The Berman Museum of Art has selected 32 fraktur to receive treatment at CCAHA through a Save America's Treasures grant.

Wednesday July 27 2011

Registration now open for "Exploring Maps: History, Fabrication, & Preservation"

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    • Examining an atlas from the Boston Public Library
    • Washing a map from the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

This two-day conference, to be held November 2 & 3 at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, will provide an overview of the history of maps and address predominant issues in their care and preservation.  Register online by October 21, 2011.

Tuesday July 5 2011

Hollinger Metal Edge, Inc. now offering CCAHA members an exclusive discount on quality archival products

    • Archival boxes from Hollinger Metal Edge, Inc.

CCAHA has partnered with Hollinger Metal Edge, Inc., a leader in quality archival materials, to offer CCAHA members a ten percent discount on Hollinger Metal Edge products, from storage boxes and file folders to book supports and collections maintenance supplies.

Thursday June 30 2011

Meet the State Hermitage Museum's (and Russia's) first photograph conservators

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    • Evgeniia Glinka and Natalia Laytar treat photos from study collection
    • Tatiana Sayatina treating a photo
    • Natalia Avetyan surface cleaning
    • Learning to use the stereomicroscope
    • Natalia Laytar uses the stereomicroscope
    • Rachel Wetzel leads an inpainting lesson
    • Inpainting lesson
    • Hermitage conservators listen as Anna Yates Krain explains a housing technique

Natalia Avetyan, Tatiana Sayatina, Natalia Laytar, and Evgeniia Glinka visited CCAHA to learn photograph conservation basics as they establish a laboratory at Russia's State Hermitage Museum. All have experience in transitioning between diverse areas of conservation.

Monday June 13 2011

Treatment Focus: Conserving 200 years of early American history

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    • Lining documents with toned mulberry tissue and wheat starch paste
    • Jilliann Wilcox surface cleaning a manuscript from the New York State Library (for News)
    • Surface cleaning a manuscript from the New York State Library
    • Washing papers from the New York State Library's Van Rensselaer collection
    • Van Rensselaer Manor manuscripts before treatment

The New York State Library’s collection of letters, contracts, maps, and other papers from the Manor of Rensselaerswijck documents 200 years of business transactions, daily routines, and traditions in one of America's earliest European settlements.

Thursday June 9 2011

Training Russia's first photograph conservators

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    • Hermitage conservators learning to construct storage enclosures for photographs
    • Hermitage conservators with completed storage enclosures
    • Hermitage conservators surface cleaning photographs

Four conservators from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia will visit CCAHA June 9-17 to learn the technicalities of photograph conservation—a field that does not yet exist in Russia.

Monday June 6 2011

In the latest issue of Art-i-facts...

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    • Sailor Jerry flash art sheet after treatment
    • Using a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer on a bandbox

The spring issue features the flash art, drawings, and stencils of tattoo artist Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins and 19th-century bandboxes from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.  We also remember Glen Ruzicka, a colleague, mentor, and friend.