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How to Preserve a Newspaper Clipping

Take special precautions to prevent newspaper clippings from decomposing during storage.


  • Step 1: Avoid high temperatures and moist environments Store clippings in dry environments at cool temperatures.
  • TIP: Do not fold the clippings. Folding shortens their life.
  • Step 2: Store the clippings in the dark Store your clippings in the dark. Light can cause ink to fade and the paper to turn brown.
  • Step 3: Avoid air pollution Protect the paper from pollution. Sulfur dioxide in the atmosphere can react with water to form sulfuric acid, which can damage paper.
  • Step 4: De-acidify the paper De-acidify black and white newsprint with an alcohol based de-acidification spray. These sprays are available at art stores and from library and archival supply vendors.
  • Step 5: Archive your clippings Store the clippings in polyester photograph sleeves or encapsulation envelopes. Place them in a binder.
  • FACT: The world’s oldest newspaper, founded in Sweden in 1645, ceased print publication and began publishing online In 2007.

You Will Need

  • A storage area
  • De-acidification spray
  • Polyester photograph sleeves or encapsulation envelopes
  • A binder

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