ProQuest and to Provide New York Times Archive Back to 1851

May 28, 2004

ProQuest Information and Learning and have announced an agreement to offer directly to the consumer market a historical digital archive of The New York Times newspaper dating back to 1851, when The Times was first published. The archive will be available on, the Web site of The New York Times, on a pay-per-view basis. ProQuest Information and Learning, a unit of ProQuest Company, creates and publishes databases for libraries and educational institutions worldwide.

ProQuest has digitized all of the issues of The New York Times between 1851 and 1995. These issues of The Times contain more than 15 million articles and has now integrated these articles into its search tools and pages at Readers may search by date, keyword, headline, or byline; read a free preview of the first paragraph of each article; and purchase the article image. Readers may also access Times articles from 1996 through 2004 in text format through's premium archive database. Articles are available for $2.95 each or in packages of four, 10, and 25 articles.

The New York Times digital archive is part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers, an exclusive database manufactured by ProQuest Information and Learning and distributed by them to educational institutions and libraries around the world. Other newspapers in ProQuest Historical Newspapers are The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. The ProQuest Historical Newspapers project was initiated in January 2001 as part of ProQuest's ongoing Digital Vault Initiative.

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