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Purpose: Focuses on both broad and specific preservation issues in libraries. Topics encompass physical collections generally, and occasionally digital preservation issues. We serve academic, public, special, and other types of libraries.

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Housing brittle newspapers

  • 1.  Housing brittle newspapers

    Posted Jul 31, 2023 03:40 PM


    I'm wondering if people here would be willing to share how you're housing brittle newspapers these days, especially if you're transferring them to off-site storage. Stacks of brittle newspapers, some bound, some unbound, are what I'm talking about here, not individual items (so something like a Mylar sleeve or folder for a single issue is off the table.)

    Options on my radar include metal-edge newspaper boxes with spacers if needed, custom archival corrugated boxes, wrapping in paper with string ties and boards when needed. 

    Is anyone using a different option that you've found works well? Any other elegant and/or cost-effective solutions out there? 

    Is anyone out there using "non-archival" (regular corrugated cardboard) boxes for crumbling newspapers? Do you have a vendor that you like for these? Do you purchase a size off the shelf or order custom? 

    I've searched around and wrapping/mass stabilizing newspapers doesn't seem to be a project people are excited about sharing in research, blogs, or elsewhere, so thank you for sharing any experience, I appreciate it! 


    Annie Peterson
    Head of Preservation and Conservation Services
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill