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Google News Archive

Google News Archive
Web address
Type of site
Newspaper archive
Registration Not required
Available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Arabic, Hebrew, Norwegian, Czech, Hungarian, Swedish, Greek, Russian, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Turkish, and Malayalam.
Created by Google
Launched June 2006; 14 years ago (2006-06)
Current status Scanning project discontinued; search function "facelift" is "in the works"

Google News Archive is an extension of Google News providing free access to scanned archives of newspapers and links to other newspaper archives on the web, both free and paid.


The archive went live on June 6, 2006 after the acquisition of, originally created by Robert J. Huggins and his team at Cold North Wind, Inc. The acquisition was not publicly announced by Cold North Wind until 2008. Some of the news archives date back to the 1800s. There is a timeline view available, to select news from various years.

While the initial launch was simply as an index of other web pages, an expansion of the service was announced on September 8, 2008, when Google News began to offer indexed content from scanned newspapers.[1] The depth of chronological coverage varies. Since 2008, the entire content of The New York Times back to its founding in 1851 has been available.

Newspapers were thought to have escaped copyright obligations of news articles because of Google's method of publishing the archives as searchable image files of the actual newspaper pages, rather than as pure text of articles.[citation needed]

In 2011 Google announced that it would no longer add content to the archive project.[2] On August 14, 2011 without notice, Google made the News Archives home page unavailable. Apparently, the service merged with Google News.[3] The Atlantic speculated the reasons for discontinuing the project to be because Google found it harder than expected, as newspapers were difficult to index than books because of layout complexities; or because the project attracted a lesser audience then expected.

While archived newspapers[4] are still available for browsing, keyword searching is not fully functional. On December 16, 2013, Stacie Chan, a Google News employee stated in Google Product Forums that Google News is "performing a much needed facelift on our News Archive search function," and that access to archived stories would be limited for several months while "this new system" is being built.[5] This was reaffirmed on May 22 and July 30, 2014 when Chan stated that Google is still "working on the archives to provide a better user experience",[6] and "it's in the works",[7] and again on December 18, 2014 when Chan confirmed that Google "is currently working on creating a better experience on the Newspaper Archives that should be available in the near future."[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Bringing history online, one newspaper at a time". Google. September 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-08. Today, we're launching an initiative to make more old newspapers accessible and searchable online by partnering with newspaper publishers to digitize millions of pages of news archives. 
  2. ^ Horn, Leslie (May 20, 2011). "Google Ending Newspaper Archiving Project". PC Magazine. Retrieved 2011-05-20. According to the Boston Phoenix, a paper that has been archived through the project, Google sent participants an email on Thursday informing them of its plans. Google told the paper it will shift its focus to "newer projects that help the industry, such as Google One Pass, a platform that enables publishers to sell content and subscriptions directly from their own sites." 
  3. ^ "Google Integrates News Archive Search Into Current News Search, Weakens Archive Search". Internet for Lawyers
  4. ^ "Google News Archive Search". 
  5. ^ C., Stacie (December 16, 2013). "Google News Archive update". Google Product Forums. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  6. ^ C., Stacie (May 22, 2014). "Google News Archive Search update...". Google Product Forums. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  7. ^ C., Stacie (August 10, 2014). "Google News Archive Search update...". Google Product Forums. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  8. ^ C., Stacie (December 14, 2014). "Google News Archive Search update...". Google Product Forums. Retrieved 2015-02-15. 

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