The Christa Gaehde Fund was established through the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) to promote study and research in the conservation of art on paper by members of AIC.
The Fund honors Christa Gaehde (1922-2002), a pioneer in paper conservation.Christa trained and worked in Germany before leaving in 1949 to become one of the first paper conservators in the United States. She was a founding member and Fellow of AIC, Fellow of IIC, and the first conservator to be elected to the Print Council of America. She co-authored one of the first books on paper conservation,A Guide to the Collecting and Care of Original Prints, in 1965.
The quality of her work was recognized by curators, collectors, dealers, and auction houses both in the United States and Europe. To many colleagues, students, and interns with whom she generously and unassumingly shared her knowledge, she was a true mentor and role model.