I was browsing through some online blogs this morning and ran across a post in Megan Smolenyak’s RootsTelevision blogÂ regarding an archive of the New York that is now available for free searches. There are actually two archives–one covering from 1981 to the present, and the other covering 1851-1980.
P.S. Apparently the years 1923-86 are not free. Only pre-1923 and post-1986 articles are available free. To access 1923-86 articles, a single article costsÂ $3.95 or you can purchase aÂ ten-article pack for $15.95 (but the pack expires after thirty days).Â
You can search the archives from the home page of the New York Times. Next to the search box is a drop down box that defaults to search the NYT Archive SinceÂ 1981. You can also choose to search NYT Archive 1851-1981. Once you’ve done a search, an advanced search option appears that allows you to search for keywords, headlines, author, and to specify a date range. The results can then be sorted by the closest match, oldest articles first, or the most recent articles first. Full text articles appear as PDF files that you can print or save.
As Megan said in her blog, let’s hope other newspapers follow the trend!