Saving Your Treasures: Newspaper

PRINTABLE FILES


Types of Objects

NEWSPAPER

 

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Newspapers have been printed on very poor quality, acidic, ground wood pulp paper since the mid 1800s. Prior to this time, newspapers were printed on better quality paper and have some hope of surviving into the future. Newspaper on poor quality, wood pulp newsprint has little potential to survive into the future. This newsprint is made with chemicals that hasten its deterioration and is not intended to have a functional life past the few days that a newspaper is used. As a result, paper conservators are reluctant to treat newspapers on wood pulp paper. They will not last.

Paper conservators recommend reproduction of the newspaper or clipping on acid free paper and storage with an acid absorbing buffer material.

If you have any questions, ask a conservator.

What Is, and Is Not,
Paper
Key Papermaking Terms
& Types of Paper
How to
Identify Paper
Pigments
vs. Dyes
Paper ProblemsWhat Causes Paper Problems?Safe Paper ContentExamining, Handling, and Housing Paper-Based Materials
Housing Documents
for Archives
Housing Photographs
for Archives
Housing Negatives, Film, Books, Newspapers, Scrapbooks, & Sound Recording MediaExhibition
Principles
Environment:
Light
Environment: Relative Humidity & TemperatureEnvironment: Airborne & Gaseous PollutantsEnvironment:
Mold

TYPES OF OBJECTS

Books, Bibles, ScrapbooksDishes, Glassware, SilverwareFirearmsFurnitureJewelry
Native American ItemsNatural History SpecimensNewspaperPhotographs
Textiles, Clothing, UniformsTools, Mechanical Objects, InstrumentsToysWorks of Art