Monday, September 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM CDT
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 5:00 PM CDT

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Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas 
300 W 21st Street
Austin, TX 78712

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CCAHA will present Behind the Scenes: Exploring Museum Collections Storage in Philadelphia, November 8 & 9, 2017.

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Libraries and archives are challenged to seek innovative yet practical ways to maximize use of storage areas, enhance current facilities, efficiently utilize resources, and incorporate technology into storage solutions. Whether renovating, building a new space, or organizing existing spaces, institutions must address sustainability while balancing access needs and collections care.

In this two-day conference experts in design, space planning, environmental control, and conservation will present strategies and practical approaches to caring for diverse collections. Sessions will include case studies demonstrating how libraries and archives of various sizes have implemented storage initiatives.

This conference is intended for staff involved in collections care, planning, and management for library and archival collections, including directors and administrators, collections managers, curators, librarians, and archivists. Sessions will include:

  • Essentials of managing library collections storage
  • Allocating resources and funding
  • Space planning
  • Environmental considerations
  • Special collections within public libraries
  • Library storage within museums
  • Storing non-paper artifacts in a library or archive
  • Retrofitting less than ideal spaces
  • Cold storage
  • Moving collections

    Day one of this program includes an optional visit to select spaces in Austin. Sign-ups for these tours will be available on a first come, first served basis at the registration table.


Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin


Harry Ransom Center
The University of Texas at Austin
300 W 21st Street
Austin, TX 78712

8:30am – 9:00am     Registration & Refreshments

9:00am – 5:00pm     Program



Rachael Perkins Arenstein, Conservator, A.M. Art Conservation, LLC

Hillary Bober, Archivist, Dallas Museum of Art

Alice Carver Kubik, Research Scientist, Image Permanence Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology

Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa, Associate Director for Preservation and Conservation, Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin

Beth Dodd, Curator, Alexander Architectural Archives, The University of Texas at Austin

Lorraine Haricombe, Vice Provost and Director, UT Libraries, University of Texas at Austin

Jim Kroll, Manager, Western History/Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library

Barbara Lemmen, Senior Photograph Conservator, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

Wendy Martin, Assistant Director of Stewardship, University of Texas Libraries

Katie Pierce Meyer, Humanities Librarian for Architecture & Planning, UT Austin

Jacob Nadal, Director of Preservation, Library of Congress

Sarah Norris, Library and Archives Conservator, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Karen Pavelka, Senior Lecturer, School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin

Margery Sly, Director of Special Collections Research Center, Samuel L. Paley Library, Temple University

Stephanie Tiedeken, Archivist for Access and Preservation, Alexander Architectural Archives, The University of Texas at Austin

Angela Ward Hyatt, AIA, Principal, Schwartz/Silver



$250 CCAHA members

$300 Non-members

$200 Students (student ID required at registration)

Registration Deadline: Two weeks before program. If you have special needs, please contact CCAHA at least three weeks before the program so accommodations can be made.


  • Lunch will not be provided. However, a list of local restaurants will be available.
  • Refunds will be given until two weeks prior to the program date, minus a $25 cancellation fee.

Questions about the program or travel to Austin?  Call 215.545.0613 or email pso@ccaha.org.


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 nonprofit cultural institutions, private individuals, and other collecting organizations. 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.


The Harry Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Its extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. Visitors engage with the Center's collections through research and study, exhibitions, publications, and a rich variety of program offerings including readings, talks, symposia, and film screenings.

The Ransom Center’s Preservation and Conservation Division provides a full range of preventive and conservation treatment options for the long-term care of the Center’s collections. The division maintains three laboratories for the conservation of books, paper, and photographs, and administers an active housing section where technicians produce custom designed boxes and enclosures for the Center's collections. 

Funding for this program was generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities