Preserving Old Books and Papers
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Greetings fellow booklovers !
I own a vintage newspaper cum magazine from circa the 1920s - I bought it for a lengthy article by my hero W E B Du Bois. The good thing is, I got it cheap, the bad thing is, it was cheap for a reason !
It`s clean etc, but the paper has become brittle. I notice that when it`s handled now, pieces of paper come away from the edges in flakes. So far, the articles and vintage advertisements are unaffected but clearly something needs to be done.
Any thoughts ?
I am not an expert but I found this blurb on a Library of Congress FAQ:
How can I preserve my newspaper clippings?
Newspaper is made from wood fibers and it will turn dark and brittle very quickly, particularly when exposed to light. Although it can be chemically treated to slow down further deterioration, many of the treatments will also darken the paper. Newspaper will damage other paper or photographic materials with which they are stored if the other items are not protected from them.
The only way to preserve the original is to store them properly:
1. Place clipping in a polyester film folder with a sheet of alkaline buffered paper behind it.
2. Put the polyester folders in file folders and boxes of high-quality acid-free, alkaline buffered materials.
3. Store in a cool and dry location, such as a closet in an air-conditioned room.
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