NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 20, 2006--The New York Times
announced today that all articles dating back to Sept. 18, 1851, when
the paper started publishing, are now available online at NYTimes.com.
With original reporting on Abraham Lincoln, the sinking of the Titanic
and the landing at Normandy, The Times is now letting its readers
travel through time with the click of a mouse. Searches for articles
published before 1981 will produce PDF files showing pages or articles
exactly as they appeared in the newspaper. Articles published in 1981
and thereafter will continue to appear online in the familiar
scroll-down screen format.
The Archive is accessible through TimesSelect, an online feature
that is available for free to all regular subscribers of the paper, or
for $49.95 for an annual subscription. Non-subscribers will be able to
purchase individual articles for a fee per download.
"The New York Times Archive is one of this nation's great
historical treasures, and now represents one of the most important new
resources on NYTimes.com," said Vivian Schiller, senior vice president
and general manager of NYTimes.com. "The Times has covered every major
event from the Civil War through 9/11. The Times Archive will provide
unparalleled insight into the news and leading opinions of the time,
without the alterations in perspective that often result from decades
The Times historical archive, released during the week of the
newspaper's 155th anniversary, amounts to a century-and-a-half-long
chronicle of American and world history. Closer to home, it traces an
ever-changing picture of New York, first as a city clogged with
horse-drawn carriages and slums, where Central Park now stands, then
as a city manufacturing and shipping center, and finally as the
financial and tourist capital of today.
There are even echoes of modern controversies like the struggle
over the rebuilding of Ground Zero. On June 11, 1858, for example, the
headline, "Central Park - Is It To Be Discontinued?" announced a
heated dispute over the park's construction.
TimesSelect was launched in Sept. 2005. Among the many benefits
offered was online access to the Archive, which then dated back to
1981. The extension of the Archive back to 1851 represents a
significant new member benefit. TimesSelect currently has about
537,000 subscribers; 63% receive TimesSelect from their home-delivery
subscriptions and 37% from online-only subscriptions. TimesSelect
subscribers have exclusive access to The Times's Op-Ed and select news
columnists and blogs, an e-mail alert service, News Tracker and
unlimited use of Times File, a virtual file drawer.
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