CCAHA News & Events
CCAHA 2018 National Conferences Announced: Preserving Modern and Contemporary Collections

Caring for modern and contemporary collections is a continually-evolving challenge. The 20th and 21st centuries have presented a vast array of new materials, leaving collections staff in uncharted territory as they address unprecedented preservation problems. Colors change and fade, structures lose their integrity, and material components become obsolete. Museums, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions must understand the long-term preservation needs of these items in order to determine appropriate priorities for conservation, storage, documentation, and exhibition.
This year, we’re organizing two national conferences on the topic of preserving modern and contemporary collections.

Now on View: Preserving Modern and Contemporary Museum Collections will be presented September 12-13 at The Broad in Los Angeles, CA.

Now! And Then? Preserving Modern and Contemporary Collections in Libraries and Archives will be presented October 24-25 at the Center for Jewish History in New York, NY.

Upcoming CCAHA Staff Conference Attendance

Will you be at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) April 12-14 in Hershey, PA? DHPSNY Program Coordinator Anastasia Matijkiw will chair the discussion "Serving Archival Communities: Regional Programs in the MARAC Region" with a panel featuring CCAHA Director of Preservation Services Dyani Feige. In addition, CCAHA will have a booth at the conference. Stop by to pick up some preservation-themed temporary tattoos and meet CCAHA Deputy Director Michelle Eisenberg.

CCAHA Education Program Manager & Preservation Consultant Stephenie Schwartz Bailey will present "Spot Them and Stop Them! Dangers to Your Automotive Archives" at the International Drive History Conference, April 12, at the Historic Vehicle Association in Allentown, PA.

CCAHA Director of Preservation Services Dyani Feige will also present at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Off-site Storage (MARCOSS), on April 10, in College Park, MD. She will lead a discussion called "Preservation Concerns in Off-site Storage Spaces."
Caring for Museum Collections Program

In partnership with the American Association for State and Local History, CCAHA Preservation Specialist Samantha Forsko will be presenting an online course this spring: Caring for Museum Collections. This eight-week course will address the physical care and preservation of museum collections, discussing deterioration, handling and environmental guidelines, and risk management.

CCAHA in the News

Our friends at the New Jersey State Archives recently posted about a new display in their Manuscript Reading Room--a 1682 parchment signed and sealed by Dame Elizabeth Carteret, an influential New Jersey landowner. We treated the parchment in the lab last year.

CCAHA's Regional Heritage Stewardship Program

Building upon past success in education and network-building, CCAHA is leading a set of ambitious strategies to aid underserved regions of the country, adapting successful service models to assist collecting institutions along the Eastern Gulf Coast and in Appalachia.

Webinars on care of paper will be presented this month for each region. Several workshops for the Eastern Gulf Coast (AL, MS, and the FL Panhandle) have been announced on preservation planning, environmental management, and emergency planning and response. More information below.

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Deadline: May 1

These grants provide up to $6,000 (with no matching funds required) for needs assessment surveys, preservation plans, risk assessments, environmental monitoring and improvements, and collection-level surveys. This year, there is a special emphasis on assistance (up to $10,000) to cultural institutions in federally designated disaster areas. CCAHA can offer planning consultation, supporting material, and narrative review for projects that include a role for CCAHA.

Deadline: July 12
These grants offer up to $100,000 (matching funds required) for projects that preserve important artwork, including collections management and conservation treatment projects. CCAHA can offer planning consultation, proposal preparation assistance, and supporting material for projects that include a role for CCAHA.

Deadline: July 20

This category offers both HCRR Foundations planning grants (up to $50,000, requiring a 20% matching contribution) or implementation grants (up to $350,000, with a matching funds requirement) for projects that make intellectual content accessible, generally through cataloging, conservation treatment, and/or digitization. CCAHA can offer planning consultation, proposal preparation assistance, and supporting material for projects that include a role for CCAHA.

Thinking about applying for a project involving CCAHA? Email CCAHA Director of Development Lee Price to get started.
Upcoming Programming
Regional Heritage Stewardship Program

Care of Paper

Paper artifacts are sensitive materials that require special housing to ensure their longevity. This webinar will examine suitable housing supplies, environmental parameters for storage, proper labeling techniques, and safe handling techniques. Common issues with condition and identification of different types of damage will also be discussed.
Collections Care Training

May 16
Mercer Museum, PA

Thoughtful preparation for an emergency or disaster is one of the most important steps that a cultural institution can take to safeguard collections. This program will increase practical knowledge through hands-on salvage of a simulated disaster. Participants will use the Incident Command System while learning to salvage a variety of materials. Personal safety, initial site assessment, object triage and tracking, and post-disaster debriefing will also be addressed.
Regional Heritage Stewardship Program

Works h op V: Preservation Planning and Environmental Management

A Preservation Plan is an essential institutional document that helps collections care professionals thoughtfully and carefully chart a course for the preservation of their artifacts for five to ten years. In this workshop, the speaker will provide guidance on how to create a Preservation Plan. Participants will have the opportunity to explore sample Plans as well as practice creating goals, objectives, and strategies to make an effective Plan.

In the afternoon, participants will learn about collections environments and how to manage conditions to be appropriate for the long-term preservation of artifacts. The speaker will discuss temperature, relative humidity, light, pests, mold, and housekeeping, and discuss how they can affect collections care.
Regional Heritage Stewardship Program

Workshop VI: Emergency Planning and Response

The creation of an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan is vital to the survival of an institution’s artifacts. In this workshop, participants will learn about tools for developing an Emergency Response and Preparedness Plan and the basics of collections salvage. There will be an opportunity to practice hands-on salvage procedures by rescuing a variety of materials from water.

In addition to learning the terminology of emergency planning, the basic components of an emergency preparedness and response plan, and salvage techniques, participants will also learn how to train their staff and fellow employees to ensure that, in the event of an emergency, the Plan is followed and the response is efficient and effective.
Upcoming LYRASIS Programs 
In 2016, CCAHA and LYRASIS partnered to increase their constituents’ access to vital services. CCAHA members receive a discount on LYRASIS programming. In addition, the organizations offer combined consulting for cultural heritage organizations. 
The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is a nonprofit conservation facility specializing in the treatment of works on paper, photographs, and books through conservation and state-of-the-art digital imaging services. Founded in 1977, CCAHA serves collecting institutions and private individuals. CCAHA’s preservation services staff present educational programs, conduct preservation assessments, and develop emergency preparedness plans. CCAHA also offers fellowships, fundraising support, and disaster assistance.