How to Archive Newspaper Clippings


Newspaper clippings offer a glance into the past and a chance to preserve important memories. Unfortunately, newspapers were not made to last and both the paper and the ink will degrade over time. While it may take many years for fading, yellowing or crumbling to occur, the best way to keep the clippings readable and intact is to preserve them right away, before any signs of degradation begin to show. Properly archived newspaper clippings can be read and enjoyed by many future generations.

Things You'll Need

  • Acid-free paper
  • Deacidification spray
  • Polyester photo sleeves
  • Acid-free archive box
  • Photocopy the clipping onto acid-free archival quality paper. This way you can store both the original and the copy. If despite your best efforts the original fades you will still have a well-preserved copy.

  • Spray the newspaper clippings with a deacidification spray. This special spray can be found at most scrapbooking supply and art stores. Follow the manufacturer's directions closely and work in a well-ventilated area.

  • Place the clippings in a polyester photograph sleeve.

  • Lay the clippings inside the sleeves flat in an acid-free archival box and close the box. These special boxes can be found at archival supply shops, some art stores and are available for purchase at some libraries.

  • Store the box in a dark location with consistent temperature and humidity. Ideally, the temperature should stay as close to 65 degrees as possible and humidity should be between 40 and 55 percent. Since a room with ideal conditions is not possible in most homes, choose a closet that doesn't get too hot or cold and is away from the bathroom or kitchen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep the clippings out of direct sunlight any time you choose to bring them out for display.
  • Don't store the newspaper clippings in a garage or shed where temperature and humidity fluctuations are common.

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