I have old newspaper clippings. Does the County Historian want them?

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.

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1. Where can I find birth, marriage, and death certificates from the early 1800s?
2. Where can I find church records in Livingston County?
3. How do I get my property on the National Register of Historic Places?
4. What year was my house built? How do I learn about my property's history?
5. Where are naturalization records? How did immigrant women and children become citizens?
6. The historical marker in front of my house was stolen. Who do I call at the state to get another one?
7. I have old newspaper clippings. Does the County Historian want them?
8. What is the difference between the Historical Society and the County Historian's Office?