Quick — name a newspaper that provided contemporary coverage of both the French Revolution and the September 11, 2001 attacks.
There may be only one. Published since 1785, The Times (London) long has been called the “newspaper of record” and is likely the best-known newspaper in the world.
The Washington and Lee University Library is excited to announce that we now provide online access to the Times Digital Archive, a searchable database providing the full text and images of over 11 million articles published in The Times from 1785 through 2008. (Such is the depth of its coverage that it includes this 1956 account of a college lacrosse team from Virginia, USA.)
We also are very happy to announce that we now have access to the Sunday Times Digital Archive, covering the years 1822 through 2006. The Sunday Times actually is a separate newspaper, not The Times’ “Sunday paper,” with its own rich history of investigative journalism.
W&L students and faculty in history, journalism and other fields will benefit from the wealth of information in these newspapers for years to come.
These acquisitions were made possible by generous gifts from our Friends of the Library and we are very grateful for their support of Washington and Lee.