How to… Preserve Newspaper

How to… Preserve Newspaper


Today I’m going to preserve these
newspapers that originally belonged to my husband’s grandfather. His mother came from Germany and resettled in Syracuse in 1800 and this issue was published in
1948, celebrating 100 years of Syracuse. Newspaper is designed to be
recycled right after reading. They’re printed on low-quality paper which makes
them fragile after time. If your newspaper is starting to flake off, I would actually consult a conservator first. A couple things before we start,
I already cleaned my hands. This way I won’t leave any oil on the paper, but there are also cotton gloves that come with the Gaylord Archival Newspaper Preservation Kit for extra precaution. For today’s video, I’m going to use my bare hands just for extra sensitivity because the newspaper are pretty old. Secondly, I made a digital copy of the newspaper. This way I can not only minimize the handling of the newspaper but also have easier access to the contents in the future. I also measured the newspaper unfolded with a measuring tape so that I can get the
correct enclosures for the newspaper. I chose an acid-free, lignin-free archival
quality box that has an alkaline buffer to neutralize acids in the newspaper. I also have some archival quality folders for each newspaper I plan to
store in the box. Now this is an optional step, but I chose to spray both sides of the newspaper with a deacidification spray. Lay the paper flat in the folder. Try not to overfill the box. I’m also going to label right outside the box for easy identification in the future. I’m going to put the box in my office, where there will be stable humidity and temperature. Do avoid the attic or basement. And that’s it. You can go to Gaylord.com and start your preservation journey.

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