If your local public or college library does NOT offer free access (all you need is a library card, the library pays for a subscription) to the remotely accessible and searchable full text/full image NY Times Historical database from ProQuest, the NY Times “TimesMachine” database (full text, full image) direct from the NY Times was updated last week and is now both keyword searchable. It contains articles from the NYT from September 18, 1851 to December 31, 1980*.
Full access to the TimesMachine (including full text articles, view online, download as PDF) is included in subscription packages (details below).
The news release (below) also includes info about the just launched @NYTArchives Twitter account.
From the Announcement:
With this newly-developed search technology, users can now use both free text and subject headings from the Times Index to search the 11,298,320 Times articles published across 46,592 issues between September 18, 1851 and December 31, 1980. Unlike previous iterations of search on NYTimes.com, results in the TimesMachine enhanced search not only include headlines and snippets but also images of every matching article in the context of the page on which it originally appeared. This allows users to identify items of maximum interest at-a-glance. When a user selects a result, TimesMachine will display the selected article in its complete original context, surrounded by all of the other articles in the same issue [I believe this is unique to TimesMachine.
While complete access to TimesMachine is available only to core digital, home delivery and Times Premier subscribers, non-subscribers can test out the new functionality by searching free sample issues posted daily on the TimesMachine homepage.
The Times is also launching @NYTArchives on Twitter, which will present historical content from a variety of archival sources including TimesMachine and the 1980-present text archives on NYTimes.com. This feed will link current affairs to their historic counterparts, mark significant anniversaries, present historic images and documents from The Times’s Photo Morgue, highlight iconic advertisements and, of course, share odd and amusing articles.
* Depending on what version of the NY Times Historical database your library offers it may contain content as recent as 2010.