New in our collection: 5 newspaper archives

The University Library now offers unlimited, full text & image access to the archives of five prominent English language newspapers. 

The British titles offer an enormous richness in political, economic, cultural and daily news plus background stories from the United Kingdom, Ireland, the British Empire, the Commonwealth and beyond, from the nineteenth until the twenty-first century. The following titles are available:

  • Financial Times Historical Archive, 1888-2016
    Started as a City of London news sheet, the FT grew to become one of the best-known and most-respected newspapers in the world. Along the way, it chronicled the critical financial and economic events that shaped the world. The Library also provides access to the current content of the FT
  • The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003
    The world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, presenting a vivid picture of British and world events and developments in society, making it an invaluable resource for several disciplines such as Cultural Economics (artists and their popularity/market value), Fashion (columns and advertising pages) and History (social, economic, cultural, and women’s history).
  • The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2016
    Despite its liberal beginnings, The Telegraph is in its more recent past more commonly associated with traditional Toryism, especially in regard to foreign policy.
  • The Independent Historical Archive, 1986-2016
    Being the youngest of the newly available newspapers, The Independent has always had a moderately progressive orientation, taking strong campaigning positions on issues such as drug legislation, the war on terror, and the environment. On economic issues it tends to take a conservative, pro-market stance.

Next to these British titles, the archive of International Herald Tribune (1887-2013) provides a more cosmopolitan look on the world. Originally set up as the European edition of the New York Herald and having the expatriate American community living in Paris as a reading audience, the IHT was the first “global” newspaper. As such it had an independent editorial spirit and a strong focus on objective reporting of international news.

Via Gale Primary Sources: Newspaper archives you can search through all or a selection of these titles, plus the archives of The Times (1785-2014) and The Economist (1843-2015).

Access tot these five newspaper archives is guaranteed until March 30, 2022. After this date the Library will evaluate if access can be continued.

More information

Questions? Please, contact Pieter van Leeuwen (Faculty liaison Arts and Culture, History, Media and Communication)