The Nation Digital Archive: trial access until 30th April 2019

The University of Cambridge now has trial access to The Nation Digital Archive on the EBSCOhost platform.

Enjoy an unparalleled history of The Nation featuring thousands of historic articles, letters and editorials dating back to 1865.

It’s a unique and fascinating journey through America’s past, including exact page images as they originally appeared, led by giants like…George Bernard Shaw, Margaret Bourke-White, Emily Dickinson, E.L. Doctorow, John Dos Passos, Robert Frost, Arthur Miller, Sylvia Plath, James Thurber and Kurt Vonnegut, in their own words.

The full page views are available as PDF downloads.

Access is enabled until 30th April 2019.  Please send us your feedback via the online form here.

World Newspaper Archive: Newspapers from South Asia, Africa, & Latin America

Trial access is now available up to 3 December 2017 to the South Asia (1864-1922), African (1805-1922), and Latin American (1805-1922) collections in the World Newspaper Archive.

Access is via the following links:

World Newspaper Archive- South Asia Newspapers 1864-1922

This one-of-a-kind collection provides online access to a select group of South Asian newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring English-, Gujarati- and Bengali-language papers published in India, in the regions of the Subcontinent that now comprise Pakistan, and in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), South Asian Newspapers offers extensive coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped the Indian Subcontinent between 1864 and 1922.

World Newspaper Archive-African Newspapers Series 1-2 1805-1922

African Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1800-1925, offers unmatched coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped the continent during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring titles from Algeria to Angola, Zambia to Zimbabwe, this unique resource chronicles the evolution of Africa through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, obituaries and other items

World Newspaper Archive-Latin American Newspapers Series 1-2 1805-1922

Latin American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1805-1922, offer unprecedented coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped this vital region during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and a dozen other countries, these resources provide a wide range of viewpoints from diverse Latin American cultures.

Offices of the Mercurio de Valparaiso in the nineteenth century – the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the world


A detailed overview of the content of these collections can be found here.

Please send your feedback to the Seeley Historical Library by writing to

Thank you


New Russian and Ukrainian historic and rare newspaper archives online: Niva digital archive, Vestnik Evropy archive; and, Donetsk and Luhansk collection

The University Library is delighted to introduce to Cambridge three new digital archives from East View.


Niva digital archive

Niva, an illustrated weekly journal of literature, politics and modern life was the most popular magazine of the late-nineteenth-century Russia. It was published from 1870 to 1918 in St.Petersburg. The journal was widely read by an audience that extended from primary schoolteachers, rural parish priests, and the urban middle class to the gentry. It contained large colored prints of art by famous Russian artists. The journal had a section on Russian classical writers: Gogol, Lermontov, Goncharov, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and many others. By the early 20th century Niva had a circulation of over 200,000.

Vestnik Evropy archive

One of the first Russian literary and political journal. Together with literature and arts the journal enlightened its readers on problems of internal and foreign policy of Russia, history and political life of foreign countries. It became conservative since 1815

Donetsk and Luhansk collection

This database incorporates 10 newspapers from the self-proclaimed “people’s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk in the east of Ukraine from 2013 to 2015. Newspapers in this database cover the earliest period of the ongoing armed conflict between the Russian-backed militants and the Ukrainian state and contain valuable research material from relatively inaccessible, war-torn areas. The database contains contains issues from the following titles: Boevoe znamia DonbassaBoevoi listok NovorossiiDonetsk vecherniiEdinstvoNasha gazetaNovorossiiaVostochnyi DonbassXXI vekZaria Donbassa, and Zhizn’ Luganska.


Rand Daily Mail access for British Library readers

From the British Library web site:

The latest addition to the electronic newspaper resources available to British Library readers is one that we’re particularly pleased to have secured, the Rand Daily Mail. Published from 1902 to 1985, the South African daily newspaper was renowned for its anti-Apartheid stance, with notable coverage of the Sharpeville massacre, the Soweto uprising and the death of Steve Biko. Closed down in controversial circumstances in 1985, the entire newspaper is being digitised and made available by research materials service Readex. Happily the British Library is making the entire archive available for remote access to anyone with a Reader’s Pass.

Read further here:

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape, former journalist on the Rand Daily Mail and anti-apartheid activist.

Major newspaper archives – trial access

Trial access is now available until 20 March 2017 to historical newspaper archives :

Daily Mail –

The Telegraph –

Financial Times –

British Library Newspapers (adding access to collections III, IV, V; the University currently has access to collections I and II) –

Please note that all these collections are accessible through Gale (Artemis) Primary Sources:


Please send your feedback on these archives and what this access means to you to    Thank you.


MARRIED IN A COLLEGE CHAPEL. – For the first time for over two centuries a marriage was celebrated yesterday in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge.  The contracting parties were Miss Gertrude Maud Butler, daughter of Dr. H. Montagu Butler, the master of Trinity, and Mr. B. M. Fletcher, of Dorking.  The Bishop of Ely officiated.

Daily Mail (London, England), Thursday, December 19, 1901, Issue 1768, p.3.

From Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004

Japan Times Archive

The University of Cambridge has trial access to The Japan Times Archive
up to 13 November 2016.

This trial will be useful for students beyond East Asian studies because the Japan Times is all in English. The digital archives include every issue from 1897 to 2015. It is all full-text searchable. We already have newspaper archives for the Yomiuri Shimbun, Nikkei, and Asahi Shimbun.

For students and scholars who read Japanese, Japan’s major English-language newspaper could be an extra point of comparison. Our existing subscriptions also include English-language editions from Yomiuri and Nikkei. These and other Japan-related e-resources are available together here.

You can reach the Japan Times Archives here

Current Issues are available at the Japan Times site.

Please send your feedback by writing an email to:

From the issue of June 3, 1953: “Made Memorable: The concert last Saturday afternoon at Hibiya Hall … was made especially memorable by the presence of Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt, who spoke the narrative for Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”. … Even though her reading  was in English the large audience of Japanese children seemed familiar enough with the delightful composition to follow it with ease.  The tiny sprinkling of American children and their parents (why don’t more turn out?) was visibly as moved as I was, not only by the sound of this truly American voice so far from home, but also by the evident enjoyment of over two thousand young Japanese throats singing out “Swanee River” as though it were one of their own folk songs”.

Eleanor Roosevelt in Hiroshima, June 1953.