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Exploring New Resources: The Times (London) Digital Archive, 1785-2009


The Library has added a number of cool new electronic resources in the past few months. This weekly series will provide some ideas on how you can get the most out of them. Questions? Contact Paula Hammett hammett@sonoma.edu.

Logo reads "The Times Digital Archive 1785-2009" with a crest between The and Times.

What is it?

First published in 1785, The Times of London is widely considered to be the English-speaking world's "newspaper of record." The Times Digital Archive allows users to search over 200 years of this invaluable historical source, including display advertisements, obituaries, letters to the editor, editorials, sports and weather.

Times pages shows six newspaper pages from different eras. The one in the front has a headline reading "The Iron Curtain torn open."

When should I use it?

If you need primary source documents about the women’s suffrage campaigns in the US and the UK. Or you want to find out how Adolf Hitler was portrayed in the newspapers in 1930s. What plays were being produced in London in the late 1700s? How was the slave trade discussed in early newspapers? The Times Digital Archive can provide you with a snapshot of historical issues, concerns, and trends from 1785 through the early 21st century.

An example:

Source Citation: Lydia E. Becker. "Female Suffrage." Times [London, England] 3 Dec. 1867: 5. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 23 Oct. 2015.

A Letter to the Editor from Lydia E. Becker voices support for one woman, Lily Maxwell, whose name appeared in the register of electors. Becker says Maxwell pays taxes and deserves to have a voice.

Access this collection and the rest of our e-resources from the Library's A-Z list of article databases. For more on new e-resources, check out the rest of the series.