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    The New York Times Article Archive includes images of than 15 million articles from Sept. 1851 to present. All articles are now free. Articles prior to 1923 are in PDF format (Adobe Reader required). The files are actually pictures of the original articles; you can read and retype the text, but you cannot cut and paste it with your PC clipboard. More recent articles are shown in text cut-and-pastable .html format.

    Search The New York Times Article Archive: The date range is September 18, 1851 to present by default. You can select a custom date range, and sort results by oldest, newest, or relevance, from the results page.

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    Via ProQuest, possibly for free at your library or your library's website, you can obtain NYT full-page images not available via the Times own interface.
Public libraries with ProQuest newspaper article search

    Other ProQuest newspaper archives you can access online:

Hartford Courant 1764-1984
Chicago Tribune 1849-1985
Atlanta Constitution 1868-1925
Boston Globe 1872-1922
    Washington Post 1877-
Los Angeles Times 1881-1985
Wall Street Journal 1889-1989
Christian Science Monitor 1908-

The Times of London from 1785 onwards is now available online, but you must subscribe to The Times in order to access the archive. The Times of London from 1785-1985 is also available in an archive from another company, that can be accessed via libraries.

    The National Library of Australia Trove archive stores over 390 million files, including digitized Australian newspapers from 1803 to 1954, plus books, images, maps, music, and more.

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    The TIME Magazine Online Archive in no longer free. You can search for articles, but must subscribe ($3 a month) to read the full text. The archive includes over 321,000 articles and over 4,400 covers from every issue of TIME, beginning with the first issue published: March 3, 1923.

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Google News archive search indexes historical archives of many newspapers. Although their archive search home page has been removed, the archives are still available. You can browse individual newspapers via the text link above. When searching, after arriving at the first results page, you can specify a date range to search within.

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BBC News Search: searches the millions of stories published online by the BBC since November, 1997. You can select a custom date range, and sort results by oldest, newest, or relevance, from the results page.

find this: keeps news stories (including AP and Reuters) on their site dating back to 1996. They do not have an "advanced" search form with a date range selector, but if you include the date in quotes in the search terms, (e.g., "May 16, 1999") you will get results that are primarily from that date.

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Google Books offers free full view, as of this writing, of about 87 different magazines (online only).

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Cornell University's Making of America has clear, legible page images from many issues of 22 journals and magazines from 1815 to 1901, including issues of Scientific American, Manufacturer and Builder, Harpers, Putnams, Scribners, The Century, The Galaxy, and more, plus many good old books up to 1926, free and searchable.

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To search variations or the plural of a word, you must include an asterisk * at the end of the word. For example, war*, will look for wars, warrior, warm and so forth. The simple term war will look only for the word war.

Oxford University's Internet Library of Early Journals includes free, searchable (OCR-indexed) and browsable page images of leading 18th and 19th century journals. Click on a title to browse, or use the form to search:

Gentleman's Magazine 1731-1750 search subject index only
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 1757-1777
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The Annual Register 1758-1778 browse only
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine 1843-1863 full text, titles, or authors
The Builder 1843-1852 browse only
Notes and Queries 1849-1869 search full text, or subject index

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Also online: 30 issues of Chambers's Edinburgh Journal from 1852.

    Emory U has text and pic excerpts from The Illustrated London News coverage of the US Civil War. Another site has images (unfortunately mostly photos rather than scans) from a private collection of 3000 issues of The Illustrated London News starting with the 1st issue in 1842.

  Inflation and Exchange Rates:

Measuring Worth provides calculators for estimating the value of the US dollar from 1790-present and British pound from 1830-present, and provides historic exchange rates of the dollar with 41 foreign currencies and the dollar-pound exchange rate from 1791-present, the price of gold from 1257-present, and more. For related links, see Current Value of Old Money.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a Consumer Price Index Calculator to compare prices and see inflation rates from 1913-present. You can also track estimated inflation rates all the way back to 1800 ($1 in 1850 was about $23.31 in 2005) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

  Paid Online News Archives

News Library manages archives for numerous major daily papers selling old stories.

Newscan sells stories from the archives of many Canadian papers.

Augusta Chronicle paid archive pages contain every article, every ad, and every photo in this paper from 1821-2000.

British Pathe has 3500 hours in their digital newsreel archive, which covers news, sport, social history and entertainment from 1896 to 1970. Low-res previews are free.

  Free Online US News Archives links updated Nov, 2013

Papers with AP and local news online:
Seattle Times WA (228,372) since Jan 1, 1990 historical, since 1900 (paid)
Seattle Post-Intelligencer WA (164,190) since 7/1999; '86-99 (staff, no AP)
    also photo gallery archive
Augusta Chronicle GA (83,385) since 1998, also browse since 10/96
Topeka Capital-Journal KS (56,234) since 2003, free reg req
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal TX (54,111) search 1998-
Billings Gazette MT (47,599) browse since 2005
New Bedford Standard-Times MA (35,862) search since 5/1995
Athens Daily News/Banner Herald GA (28,456) since 1998

Papers with searchable photo archives:
Las Vegas Sun NV (33,690) since 1996, news or photos
San Francisco Chronicle CA (474,788) stories & pictures (no AP) since 1/1/1995

    The Palo Alto Daily News (California) archives no longer exist, but many front pages (only), from 2003 and 2004 are available via the Internet Archive.

Free Online Non-US News Archives: browse since 1992
Canberra Times (Australia) since Nov. 6, 2000
Australian Broadcasting Corporation since 10/2001;
    Also browse the Foreign Correspondent archive 1996-
People's Daily (China) since Jan. 1998

full list of free news archives links last updated May, 2007

  Free Sci-Tech News Archives

Many issues of Scientific American from 1845 to 1879 are available free online, as well 60 issues of the Scientific American Supplement between 1881 and 1898. Also see Scientific American from 1846-1869 at the Cornell University MOA, searchable via the form in the left column of this page.

Science News Online Archive Free access to the full text of articles that are available online (18 percent of all articles published in Science News), bibliographic references and sources for all articles published in Science News, and online-only features, since April 25, 1996. Browse or search.

The Scientist has an archive that covers biosciences news from October, 1986 to present.

The SLAB, ABC Science is an archive of Australian Broadcasting Corp. online science stories since 1997.

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At YouTube, Improved Documentary & Training Films includes thousands of classic educational and industrial films which have been enhanced with audio and video noise reduction.

The Internet Moving Images Archive contains thousands of films from the Prelinger Archives on everyday life, culture, industry, and institutions in North America in the 20th century. There are educational films, industrial films, newsreels, and movie trailers. Typical titles include A is for Atom (1953)and The Woodworker (1940). The films are usually full-length and can be viewed online or downloaded in MPEG-2 or mp4 format.
    The Internet Archive also includes 601 free public domain Universal Newsreels from 1929 to 1967.

The Open Video Project is "a repository of digitized video content for the digital video, multimedia retrieval, digital library, and other research communities." You can search or browse through over 3,900 free downloadable videos there, most of which are in MPEG format. The collection includes, for example, 101 NASA videos.

The Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University is the world's most available, extensive and complete archive of television news. Since 1968, the Archive has consistently recorded, indexed, and preserved network television news for research, review, and study. Copies of complete broadcasts may be borrowed from the Archive.

    The Internet Archive is a digital library of Internet sites as they were on dates in the past. The Archive includes "The Wayback Machine", which allows you to surf cached web pages the way they were in the past, back to 1996. Enter a site URL, and the results will display a list of dates for which that site has been archived. Then click on the date you desire, if it is there. This allows you to recover the content of some pages that are no longer stored on the website's own server. Note: If you want to surf past pages of (and some other sites), you may have to turn javascript off in your browser to avoid a frameset script that forces the current page to load.

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TIME Magazine, May 30, 1949, p. 69:

THE PRESS: Busier & Busier
    Busy Editor Gardner Cowles of Look (circ. 2,912,689) thought that U.S. readers were getting "busier & busier" all the time. What they needed in the way of a weekly news report, he decided, was something brief and handy to snatch up in their spare moments "on the bus or in the beauty parlor." Last week "Mike" Cowles gave them a new, 64-page magazine of "news, pictures [19 pages] and predictions" no bigger than a man's hand. Name: Quick. Price: 10.

    The first issue of Mike Cowles tiny (4 by 6 in.) magazine had a picture of Ingrid Bergman on the yellow-and-black cover, as she might appear through a telescope focused on Stromboli. The longest story in the magazine was five sentences; most were told in one sentence that was merely a paraphrase of a headline. There were 25 departments (Science, Sports, Male & Female, Fashions, etc.). Among the biggest departments (four pages) was "Quick Predicts," a kind of Kiplinger letter in monosyllables.

    Quick's 20,000-copy test run went on sale on newsstands in eight cities from Philadelphia to Tacoma--but not in Manhattan, where Editor & Publisher Cowles had dreamed it up. With Look's staff "and of course Fleur" (Mrs. Cowles), he had knocked the first issue together in four months. If the first issues caught on, Quick would probably go on a national distribution basis next month, get its own staff. Without ads, Cowles figured the new magazine would need 300,000 readers to break even. The trick for Quick was to find that number of busy people who would be satisfied to get their news of the world in the tiniest capsules ever dealt to them by any magazine.

see also: Quick End, April 27, 1953

    Note: Some onsite search engines do not work well. Also, if you search for news at sites selling archived stories, you may have to pay for the same stories you can find for free by searching for them with Google. Don't pay for old AP or Reuters stories you can find online for free. And don't give up if a particular site's search engine does not work well. Try a search with Google first, including the syntax "site:" with your search.

    For example, CBS News has stories back to at least 1997, but unfortunately (as of this writing) their site search engine just doesn't work right. If you search for "kournikova" with their site search (powered by Yahoo!), as of this writing, you get 23 results. A search via Google produces 86 results. If you want to search CBS News or CBS Sports, the use of Google (below) is recommended. Put "" after your keywords. For CBS Sports, add "" instead, etc. You might also try putting the date (in quotes, e.g., "January 28, 1996", or perhaps simply the month and year) of the story you are looking for in your search terms.

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