How do I preserve an old journal with photos and newspaper clippings?
Q. Dear Donia,
A. Dear Laura,
What a great item to have from your great-grandfather! Unfortunately, there is no way to completely stop the deterioration of photos. What we can do is slow the deterioration down. The nice thing for you is that the journal is in a three-ring binder. This means you can interleave the pages with the photographs with paper that will protect the photo from the pollutants in the air and those generated by the original paper. Interleaving paper should be acid-free, buffered, and pass the Photo Activity Test (PAT). Paper like this can be found from our sponsor, Hollinger Metal Edge. Best of luck to you with this project!