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Hello! I need some advice on newspaper clippings, specifically clippings from local newspapers for local history purposes.

At the moment, I'm physically clipping articles out of the newspaper and glueing them to sheets of A4 paper, then labelling them with name/date/page of newspaper and subject of article (usually a specific local business [someone else is doing this for specific local people]). This is a giant faff.

What I would like to do is take photos of the articles, label them in the filename (perhaps with keywords too), and back them up in multiple places. However I wonder if copyright law would stop me sharing these photos with others in the future. Or if there's any other disadvantage of doing it this way.

I would like to preserve these clippings (physical or digital) for the long term; they might eventually go to Croydon local studies, or to the CNHSS. (I'm aware of newspaper digitisation projects, e.g. the excellent British Newspaper Archive, but I do think it's worth preserving things in more than one way and with more than one focus.)

Any advice?

Date: 2015-05-21 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Ok, found my text books. It looks as though calcium carbonate or magnesium carbonate are your best bet for safe and easy-to-obtain home use.

I've just found a paper, though, that suggests you can get pretty good results with bicarb of soda! I'd test it before you do it with anything valuable, mind.

If you do decide to try it, let me know and I'll do a bit more research: I think I still have my course notes somewhere.

Date: 2015-05-22 09:22 am (UTC)
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Are you going to re-do everything on acid-free paper? If yes, wait and wash then. If no, it can't hurt!

Date: 2015-05-22 05:17 pm (UTC)
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Ah, right. In that case, go for it: in interesting experiment would be 1) as now, 2) washed on regular paper, 3) washed on acid-free paper, 4) unwashed on acid-free paper!

Date: 2015-05-27 03:37 pm (UTC)
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(Sorry: visitors all weekend.)

I've popped some in the post for you.

Washing: you want a pH of about 8, which isn't terribly helpful I know. I did have a look for some pH strips to send, but I couldn't find them (and suspect that they have a shelf life anyway), for about ten minutes.

Ideally, put a sheet of semi-rigid plastic (eg OHP sheet) in the bottom of the dish you're using, the float the clipping on the surface of the water and gently let it sink down, then pick up the plastic and lift it out in one go: the paper should stick to the plastic while the water drips off, then lay it inside the folded sheet of magic stuff. Ideally, put a sheet of blotting paper on either side and then put a flat thing with weights on top (eg, rigid chopping board with some books piled on it) as it dries. Change the blotting paper periodically. TBH, with newspaper you can probably just leave it out.

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