Reply To: Preserving Old Newspapers


Hi Kandy! I have found that newspapers can prove very hard to stabilize. I’ve read that there is no way to absolutely preserve them, because they will eventually deteriorate over time due to the fact they were probably made from a cheap wood pulp material that wasn’t meant to have longevity. However, we use a buffered tissue paper to put between each sheet to neutralize the acidity in the newspaper. We then cover it with an archival mylar sleeve and tuck it away in a box in our humidity and temperature controlled environment. Try to store the paper flat and only keep the original folds. Unfolding the original folds or folding it in new places can cause the paper to crack.