Most newspapers, particularly those after the 1870s, were printed on very poor quality paper with a high acid content and are very fragile, crumbling when unfolded. Additionally, the majority of local newspapers published have been digitized and are available online at www.fultonhistory.com and hard copies of most runs are already preserved in the County Historian's collections. Therefore, the clippings themselves may not be of much relevance to preserve. However, newspapers printed with rag linen, usually predating the 1860s, are generally in excellent shape and are definitely worth preserving. If they are free of mold, they are readily accepted for donation to the office. Furthermore, items like scrapbooks are often made up of clippings, and can illuminate a person's family and community. Items like this give a valuable snapshot into what was important in that person's life and at that time in history.
In short, we never discourage donations or archival material - we are grateful to anyone who considers our archives when they are cleaning out attics and estates. If you have anything that needs a new home, contact us! We will be happy to discuss your collection.