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#1 MattD

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 09:14 AM

I need some advice on storing and displaying newspapers and paperwork

Thanks in advance

Matt

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 11:19 AM

one thing i saw someone do for paperwork is get those clear inserts that you can slip paper into and but the into binders. Slip the document in it, then get a shadow box and put double sided tape on the back of the plastic insert the document is in and attach it to the backing in the shadowbox. Keeps the paperwork in good shape, and tape does not make contact with the paper work. As far as newspapers, I just have mine in plastic that i wrapped around them tightly so they do not move and then tack each corner to the wall through the plastic, not the paper. They do make newspaper display frames but they are very pricey. Hope this helps

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 11:38 AM

one thing i saw someone do for paperwork is get those clear inserts that you can slip paper into and but the into binders. Slip the document in it, then get a shadow box and put double sided tape on the back of the plastic insert the document is in and attach it to the backing in the shadowbox. Keeps the paperwork in good shape, and tape does not make contact with the paper work. As far as newspapers, I just have mine in plastic that i wrapped around them tightly so they do not move and then tack each corner to the wall through the plastic, not the paper. They do make newspaper display frames but they are very pricey. Hope this helps



Thanks, how about storing newspapers so they won't yellow so bad?

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 01:44 PM

Keep them away from (sun)light and also from moisture.
I store mine in acid-free clear plastic inserts and put those in drawers.
I also have a few mounted but since the room I keep my collection in is always hidden from sunlight, I notice no change in color.

Erwin

Edited by Jeeper704, 23 March 2008 - 01:45 PM.


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Posted 24 March 2008 - 03:39 AM

newspaper is hard to conserve because it is made of cheap quality, high acid paper. Keeping it dry and limiting exposure to light is the best you can do that I know of.

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 06:30 AM

How much time do you have?

essentially:

1. light very bad, heat bad, damp also bad. Bugs are just evil.

2. Once its yellowed or brittle you can't reverse it. You can wash out the acidics, which is a major pain, or you can treat with a chemical that will buffer them (but again a pain and $$$ and not everyone agrees it actually does much).

3. Store in polypropolene (inert) sleeves.

4. and light bad, very very bad.

5. If you REALY need to display paperwork, its a lot better to scan it, print out a copy and display the copy (or just photo copy it) , but keep the orignal in a dark dry cool place.

go look at conservation supply companies like www.universityproducts.com and light impressions.

Even acidic paper does not self destruct unless it has light and heat (and air) to get the reaction going.

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 06:38 AM

I need some advice on storing and displaying newspapers and paperwork

Thanks in advance

Matt


The newspapers I have I store between sheets of acid-free paper. (Any arts supply store should have an ample supply for not much money.) After that, I stack them in large folders to keep them from being bent up or damaged.

Another thing I do is open up the papers before storage so as to not have any creases. Over time, creases can become tears.

Definately do NOT put your newspapers where they can come in contact with direct sunlight. Doing this will darken and yellow them.

Make sure to keep them in a dry environment.

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 06:43 AM

Don't Laminate papers!

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 07:34 AM

Don't Laminate papers!


I could not agree more. I got a paper grouping from a vet who was in the Navy and he laminated all of his papers. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/pinch.gif Quite tragic.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 05:32 AM

I have a new york times 9/11 newspaper that needs preserving. Currently it is unfolded in a simple $10 walmart frame. I would like to preserve the whole newspaper, I was thinking about placing it between acid paper and then in a splastic/paper folder. I've also heard there are deacifing methods...something that also comes to mind is vaccum sealing in a plastic bag? I don't want to get too elaberate and just want to keep it as simple as possible and yet as protected as possible. Any thoughts?

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:07 AM

I have a new york times 9/11 newspaper that needs preserving. Currently it is unfolded in a simple $10 walmart frame. I would like to preserve the whole newspaper, I was thinking about placing it between acid paper and then in a splastic/paper folder. I've also heard there are deacifing methods...something that also comes to mind is vaccum sealing in a plastic bag? I don't want to get too elaberate and just want to keep it as simple as possible and yet as protected as possible. Any thoughts?


Acid-free paper (which you can get at any art supply place) is the way to go. What I do for my newspapers is unfold them (paper things that are folded over time tend to separate at the folds which you want to avoid), place them in acid free paper, and then place them in a stiff cardboard folder that will prevent damage. If you get several newspapers and want a quick way to view them, you can invest in a artist portfolio folder.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 10:23 AM

Thanks Capt. that's what I was thinking. Just sandwhiched between acid paper and placed in a folder.

Edited by tdogchristy90, 09 August 2010 - 10:23 AM.


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Posted 12 August 2010 - 06:45 AM

I gotta work on this.
Forgot that there is a bunch of WW1 era newspapers printed by the 88th division int he collection which have all been stored in a cupboard.
I actually thought they were WW2 Stars & Stripes when I had the last tour...just checked them yesterday and HOLY CRAP...there are at least ten issues there plus others.
Next trip to get some Acid Free paper. I understand there is stuff called Remay which guys use for unrolling the yard long photos. I wonder if this would also work?

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 07:39 AM

Neutral pH (aka acid free) interleaving tissue paper is good, yes. Unfolded and put flat storage in a map or print drawer (or something like it) is a nice smart thing to do too.

However, buying it a sheet at a time gets expensive quickly, if that's the only way available.

Better to buy in bulk, like museum's do.

Here is a good link to all such suppliers.
http://www.usmilitar...showtopic=26375

The stuff comes in two forms:
- Sheets (from 8 x 10" on up to 36 x 48" or so)
- Long continuous rolls

It is of 2 types:
- Greenish or whitish wax paperish looking stuff
- Opaque wrapping paper looking stuff

Personally (or should I say, professionally), I have used this company for more than 30 years with 100% satisfaction on all levels:
http://www.universit...p..._list&c=936


Either of those works as well as the other, but the greenish/whitish stuff is somewhat less costly, especially in bulk.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 08:44 AM

Go to a local frame shop and ask them to see a plastic storage sleeve. It is a large hard vinyl sleeve that is used to protect peoples items while they are waiting to be framed. This way, you protect it from being damaged and with the acid free paper, the thing should last longer than you will.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 09:05 AM

Check with any large sports memorabilia stores that you may have in your area. Because I have purchased very large top loaders to use for newspapers at these stores.

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 06:11 AM

As part of the contents of a WWII trunk that belonged to SSGGT Miner Wells there are several newspapers How do I preserve the newspapers?

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 06:16 AM

I have plastic sleeves for mine. The only thing I don't like about them is the are for a paper that is folded in half. I prefer to keep the crease out of them whenever possible.
Can't remember where I got them from, but they are similar to ones for Comic books.

Mark

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 06:44 AM

As part of the contents of a WWII trunk that belonged to SSGGT Miner Wells there are several newspapers How do I preserve the newspapers?

A good primer: http://www.loc.gov/p...re/newspap.html
and
http://www.mnhs.org/..._preserving.pdf

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 10:23 AM

The Northeast Document Conservation Center is also a valuable resource. http://www.nedcc.org/home.php

Preserving newspaper is difficult because of the paper quality. It is highly acidic and does not age well and the printing process doesn't help either. Best you can do is lay it flat, back it with an acid-free medium (backing board, foam-core, etc) and store it flat.

Jon

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 08:29 PM

Scrapbooking stores have a spray that will reduce or neutralize the acid in the paper. Suggest you try it on something less valuable first. This is typically used for preserving old newspaper articles about family happenings.

You cannot reverse any yellowing that has already taken place, but you can prevent further degradation.

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 07:40 AM

Thanks Guys!!! You've given me a lot of ideas to protect these valuable newspapers. I appreciate the help!!!

B) Doc

#23 wildkatz222

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:53 AM

Hello all,

 

Can I use the same methods listed here for preserving old award certificates, promotion certificates, etc... (acid free paper and acid free polypropylene sleeves)? I was thinking about inserting the certificates in a sleeve with acid free paper and placing the sleeves in a 3 prong binder. any thoughts about how I can do this differently?

 

I have WWI Columbia certificates which are larger than 8.5" x 11". what can I use to protect items large similar to those?

 

thank you very much in advance




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