Thursday, June 1, 2006

New York Times Archive

The New York Times Archive is an excellent resource for historical research. This searchable database, which includes images of every article published in the New York Times since its inception in 1851, offers an amazing wealth of information. The Archive contains news, editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, and even advertisements. You may access the New York Times Archive directly by selecting it from the complete list of library databases at

The search screen for this database is very user-friendly, with several search tools to help you find what you need. You may limit by author, date, and even document type (front page, obituary, editorial, classified ad, etc.).

Screen capture of the New York Times Archive search screen:

New York Times Archive search pageOnce you've found some articles that fit your topic, you may view them in several ways. Articles are available as PDF files, either as a single clipping or as an entire page that shows the article in its original placement on the newspaper page. You may also choose to view the article in a "page map," which is a hyperlinked version of the entire newspaper page where each article can be shown on its own simply by clicking on it. Both articles and entire pages may be saved and/or printed from their PDF format.

Image of sample article display - entire page map as well as extracted clipping from the New York Times Archive:Sample page from NY Times article

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