Historic Pelham

Presenting the rich history of Pelham, NY in Westchester County: current historical research, descriptions of how to research Pelham history online and genealogy discussions of Pelham families.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New York Times Makes Searchable Historic Newspaper Collection for Period 1851 - 1922 Available for Free

The New York Times historic newspaper collection has been available from a number of fee-based databases for years. Recently, paid subscribers to The New York Times have had access to "Times Select" as part of their paid subscription. The "Times Select" collection included the historic newspaper collection with an archives that covered the period from 1851 to 1980.

As of midnight last night, The New York Times has made virtually all of its "Times Select" Web site content available on its Web site without fee to the public. Among the free content is the full-text searchable historic newspaper collection covering the period from 1851 to 1922. Material from 1922 to 1980 remains available as part of the same collection on a fee basis given that the material has not entered the public domain.

To search The New York Times archive for the period from 1951 to 1980, go to: http://query.nytimes.com/search/query?srchst=p. There you may find it helpful to click on the "Advanced" search link so that you can search the text of the articles, headlines and by author names and can create a custom date range.

As one might expect, the collection offers a wealth of historic material relating to Pelham and Pelham and surrounding areas. For those interested in Pelham history, this is a free tool that cannot be ignored.

Please Visit the Historic Pelham Web Site
Located at http://www.historicpelham.com/.
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