The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2008, 1st Edition

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The Times Digital Archive is an online, full-text facsimile of more than 200 years of The Times, one of the most highly regarded resources for the 19th – 20th Century history detailing every complete page of every issue from 1785. This historical newspaper archive allows researchers an unparalleled opportunity to search and view the best-known and most cited newspaper in the world online in its original published context.

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2008 enables users to extend their searches through the 1980s, 1990s and the early years of the new millennium, reading and viewing recent history as it happened. From pictures capturing the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, to reports on the attack on the World Trade Centre in 2001, and the trial and subsequent execution of Saddam Hussein in 2006, events that have shaped the late 20th century/early 21st century world come vividly to life. In addition to the regular news, from 1986-2008 The Times expanded its sports and cultural coverage with the increase of weekend supplements, giving the researcher of today an even broader –and deeper- insight into our modern world. The archive supports research across multiple disciplines and areas of interest: in business, humanities, political science, philosophy and numerous other subjects with coverage of all major international historical events.


  • The new extended version of the archive — The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2008 — adds an additional 20 years to the original 1785-1985 edition, offering users an extra 585,000 pages, approximately 3.4 million articles from more than 6,500 issues.
  • All in a new, intuitive user interface.
  • Enhanced features will include Citation generation – users can now automatically create citations and export them to 3rd party bibliographic software, such as EndNote and RefWorks.
  • Named user functionality – a Gale account allows users to save searches and marked items across sessions.


Customer Reviews

"The Times Digital Archive comprises searchable images of every page of every issue of The Times (London) from 1785 to 1985, making it a terrific source of information about 19- and 20th-century history."
— Lawbook Co.
"We called this ’a dream of a database,’ a full-text archive providing access not only to articles from The Times but also to advertising and classified ads, editorials, birth and death notices, book reviews, crossword puzzles, letters to the editor, and the Court Page, which details the activities of the royals."
— Booklist