Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

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The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CC AHA), located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was founded by Marilyn Kemp Widener in 1977, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in response to the growing problem of paper deterioration occurring in archives in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Currently one of the largest non-profit regional conservation facilities in the country, CC AHA specializes in the treatment of art and historic artifacts on paper, including drawings, prints, maps, posters, historic wallpaper, photographs, books, scrapbooks, and manuscripts, as well as related materials like parchment and papyrus.[1] CC AHA serves cultural, research, and educational institutions, such as museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies, both in its region and across the country. It also works with individuals and private organizations.

Recent treatments include Bruce Springsteen's original lyric notebooks and scrapbooks, Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural drawings, John James Audubon Birds of America prints, Civil War muster rolls, and works by Degas, Matisse, and Picasso.

In addition to treatment services, CC AHA offers nation-wide educational programs on disaster planning, collections care, and records and archives management. These lectures, seminars, and workshops are designed for professional staff who have primary responsibility for the care and handling of artifacts, such as curators, collections managers, archivists, and librarians.

Other services include digital imaging, conservation matting and framing, on-site consultations, emergency conservation services and disaster assistance, and help with grant writing and exhibition planning.

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Preservation: Library and Archival Science

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