CCAHA News & Events
After Hours Event with Atlas Obscura

We recently partnered with  Atlas Obscura to present an after hours event at CCAHA. CCAHA Photograph Conservator Rachel Wetzel spoke about her NEH-funded grant project to catalog and digitize the extant daguerreotypes of Philadelphia photographer Robert Cornelius. Rachel presented preliminary results of her research, and attendees were invited to examine a variety of hands-on materials, including the components of daguerreotypes and their cases, reproductions of Cornelius' daguerreotype plates, and a map of Philadelphia with Cornelius' images superimposed.

Upcoming Conference Participation

CCAHA Preservation Services Assistant Aja Davis will attend the Allied Media Conference June 14-15 in Detroit, MI.

CCAHA Book Conservator Richard Homer will attend the conference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association) June 19-22 in New Orleans, LA.

CCAHA Executive Director Laura Hortz Stanton will attend the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries Annual Conference June 21-24 in Miami, FL.
Collections Management Program

In partnership with the American Association for State and Local History, CCAHA Director of Preservation Services Dyani Feige will be presenting an online course this summer: Collections Management . This eight-week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections.

CCAHA Board Member Debra Hess Norris Awarded University of Delaware's Highest Faculty Honor

Longtime CCAHA Board Member Debra Hess Norris was recently awarded the 2018 Francis Alison Faculty Award of the University of Delaware, where she has worked for over 35 years. Debra began her career at CCAHA, working as Assistant Conservator from 1980-1984. Since then, she's held various faculty positions at the University of Delaware, teaching and leading initiatives around the world to increase awareness of photograph preservation. Click here for more on Debra's impact on the field.
CCAHA in the News

The Jewish Link of New Jersey recently reported on the CCAHA assessment at the Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey conducted as part of a Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions award. JHSNJ Archivist Stephanie Diorio said of the assessment: "It was wonderful to collaborate with a preservation expert on protecting our collection and, most importantly, prioritizing our needs.” Read more here.
CCAHA's Regional Heritage Stewardship Program Updates

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.

Several workshops for the Appalachian regions of KY, OH, and WV have been announced on preservation planning, environmental management, and emergency planning and response. More information below.

Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) Program Updates

CCAHA contracts with the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education for the delivery of statewide services supporting the organizations that safeguard New York's historical documents and library research materials.

The DHPSNY team recently announced a new class of Planning and Assessment Services sites for 2018. The latest podcast episode is about DHPSNY Archives Specialist Amelia Parks' Archival Needs Assessment at the South Street Seaport Museum. A new Q&A with the American Maple Museum/International Maple Museum Centre is up on the blog.

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

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

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.
Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York

July 26
Jamestown, NY

Photographic media are ubiquitous within the collections of archives and libraries. From daguerreotypes and color prints to negatives on glass and plastic film, photographic collections require a unique set of knowledge and skills for proper preservation. This workshop is designed to help attendees recognize the most common photographic processes and formats of the 19th and 20th centuries typically found in collections and address their special needs to ensure longevity. Environmental parameters, materials and approaches to storage, and safe handling will be discussed and reinforced through hands-on group activities. Examples of photographic materials and housing will be available for examination.

September 12-13
Los Angeles, CA

October 24-25
New York, NY

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. This year, we’re organizing two national conferences on the topic of preserving modern and contemporary collections.
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.