AP: News Features & Internal Communications

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The Associated Press Online Archive is a vast archive of primarily 20th-Century news materials that provide original perspectives on historical events around the world from a distinguished news reporting organization. The News Features & Internal Communications Collection highlights the interpretive and analytic side of journalism and tells the story of The Associated Press itself.

The news features, dating from 1940, include news analysis, human interest stories, and entertainment and sports reporting. Written by many of the AP’s best writers, these pieces allowed journalists the freedom to address cultural happenings, examine the back story, and provide an interpretation of events.

This collection also provides rare access to an array of internal AP publications dating from the turn of the century. The AP World and other in-house serial publications cover staff news, company news, technological innovations, bureau histories, news policies, and weekly tallies of the AP’s top stories. Non-serial publications include a wide variety of informational and promotional brochures, AP style manuals, handbooks for correspondents, and technical manuals. Together, these publications are an invaluable source of information about the AP and its staff as well as the history of news coverage, news transmission, and photo technology. Also included in the collection are unpublished histories and personal papers of AP staff members.


  • News Features dating from 1940, including news analysis, entertainment and culture reporting, and human-interest stories.
  • In-house serial publications dating from 1904, providing insight into staff, company history, journalistic innovations, bureau histories, news policies, and more.
  • Non-serial publications dating from 1894, including brochures, manuals, and handbooks.
  • Personal papers, including reporters’ notebooks, correspondence, and more.
  • Provides insight into the Associated Press and the history of news reporting and reporters.