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MFA# 1987.746


An inexpensive Paper used for printing newspapers and student sketch pads. Newsprint is primarily made from mechanical pulp (>85%) with some chemical pulp and very little mineral content. It is produced by high speed machines which result in unidirectional fiber orientation. Newsprint is strong, has good opacity, a smooth, lint-free surface and high Oil absorption. Intended only for short term use, newsprint has a high Lignin content and degrades quickly by discoloring and becoming brittle.

Newsprint paper stack

Synonyms and Related Terms

newspaper; kraft paper; krantenpapier (Ned.); papier journal (Fr.); Zeitungspapier (Deut.); carta da giornale (It.); papel para diarios (Esp.); papel prensa (Esp.); tidningspapper (Sven.)

Resources and Citations

  • Boise Cascade Paper Group, The Paper Handbook, Boise Cascade, Portland OR, 1989
  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • E.J.LaBarre, Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Paper and Paper-making, Swets & Zeitlinger, Amsterdam, 1969
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 574

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