Lightroom CC: Processing black and white positives of digitally photographed black and white film negatives

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I have just signed up with Lightroom, mainly to print out digitally photographed black and white positives of black and white negatives but can find no way to do this. All the instructions assume you have colour photos to begin with.
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It's hard to answer without knowing whether these are JPEGs or raw, but the principles are exactly the same as all of the instructions you'll have read online for color negs. You need to invert the tone curve (grab the top of the point curve and drag it to the top left corner, and pull the bottom point to the right corner) to make it a positive, and then remove any color cast. If it's not neutral, hit the B&W button to remove any leftover color.
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Black and white negatives don't have the orange mask or dyes, only silver. So they are greyscale natively. Any color cast would be a color balance issue in camera.
I'd look for a preset- God knows there are presets for everything else you could possibly want.
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Edit your Tone Curve to look like this and then save it as a preset and you will have what you need.