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The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2010, 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 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, 1785-2010 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 1986-2010 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.

Detailed Overview

The Times (London) is the world’s oldest continuously published newspaper. Readers have turned to The Times for its in‐depth news coverage, parliamentary reports and comment, editorial opinion and unique view of history from the major reporters and editors of the period. The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2010 allows users to see the complete page of every issue published over two centuries. To facilitate precise searching, each article is assigned to one of 26 subcategories within seven main categories, including: Advertising — revealing insight into contemporary life; Editorial & Commentary — covering every conceivable topic; Business — home markets, continental bourse, money markets, stocks and shares, company news; People — extensive coverage of births, deaths, marriages and obituaries; Features — books, cinema, theater, opera, music, radio, television, sports, weather, bridge, crosswords; News — from the smallest news item to a story breaking worldwide; Picture Gallery — photographs, drawings, or any pictorial item not associated with an article. A truly cross-disciplinary tool, the collection facilitates research in many areas, including, for example: Technological innovation; War and conflict; Opinions and debates; Entertainment and leisure; People and places; Transport and living. Newspapers are one of the most requested research tools in both public and academic libraries because they offer a view into history as it happened by people who witnessed the events. As the most famous English-language newspaper of this period, The Times (London) is a critical resource for studying a range of subjects for the past 231 years. The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2010 was sourced from Gale’s microfilm collection, developed over many years in partnership with the newspaper publisher.

More Information: Fact Sheet (PDF, 1 MB)

Curriculum Alignment

Only Gale Digital Collections offers the depth and breadth of historic content that scholarly researchers demand. Spanning continents and centuries, GDC delivers thousands of rare primary sources, archival newspapers and periodicals, commentaries, images, manuscripts and much more.

Reviews & Testimonials

"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


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