Google News Archive is back

Google News Archive was first launched about four years ago (in 2010, I think?), only to disappear at some point in 2011. Much to the disappointment of those whose idea of a good time is to google their grandparents, and perform deep and detailed searches of online, digitized copies of old newspapers from the comfort of their own homes. Yes, I was quite disappointed, and I was not alone in my sense of loss and dismay. Not that all (or most, or any?) of the content of the archive had ever completely disappeared (I am not sure about this), but certainly the nifty and easy-to-use Google News Archive search interface was gone by August 2011.

In any case, Google News Archive is back, and I think the search interface is better than ever.

Google your grandparents! And your parents, and your great-grandparents too.

Google News Archive.


2 thoughts on “Google News Archive is back

  1. How is it “better than ever”? The old Google News Archive search allowed you to search thousands of newspapers, both free and pay; the new search only searches a much smaller selection of free newspapers. The old search allowed you to search a specific newspaper, there is no way to do this with the new search. The old search allowed you to search a specific date range, the new search only works for dates 1970 and later. The old search displayed the name and date of the newspaper prominently in the search results, the new search only shows the headline and an excerpt. I see nothing about this new news archive that is better than what we had available in 2010.

  2. Thanks for your comment. And I fear you are correct that it is no longer possible to search a specific newspaper. Sigh.

    Okay, I will take a closer look at the new Google News Archive; and if I find it is NOT “better than ever,” I will revise my statement.

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