On trial: Daily Mail Historical Archive

The Library currently has trial access to the Daily Mail Historical Archive (1896-2004). This fascinating online digital collection presents more than 100 years of the Daily Mail newspaper.

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You can access the Daily Mail Historical Archive (1896-2004) via the E-resources trials page.

Trial ends 13th April 2016.

The resource includes nearly 1.2 million pages of content from the paper, including all of the major news stories, features, advertisements and images. And as well as the regular edition of the newspaper, uniquely the Daily Mail Historical Archive also includes the Daily Mail Atlantic Edition, which was published on board the transatlantic liners that sailed between New York and Southampton between 1923 and 1931. Issues of the Daily Mail Atlantic Edition are very rare and not available digitally from any other source.

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Daily Mail (London, England), Tuesday, December 31, 1940; pg. [1]; Issue 13941. [screenshot from Daily Mail Historical Archive]

The Daily Mail Historical Archive can be easily searched or browsed. You can view articles or download them as PDFs. There are also options to view the full page that the article appears on or browse issues.

Daily Mail (London, England), Friday, February 14, 1997; pg. [1]; Issue 31315. [screenshot from Daily Mail Historical Archive]

Daily Mail (London, England), Friday, February 14, 1997; pg. [1]; Issue 31315. [screenshot from Daily Mail Historical Archive]

Newspapers are a valuable and rich resource providing first-hand accounts and opinions of events and issues. Seen as one of Britain’s most influential papers the Daily Mail provides an important alternative perspective to the ‘newspaper of record’, The Times.

Daily Mail (London, England), Wednesday, January 23, 1901; pg. 3; Issue 1485. [screenshot from Daily Mail Historical Archive]

Daily Mail (London, England), Wednesday, January 23, 1901; pg. 3; Issue 1485. [screenshot from Daily Mail Historical Archive]

An interesting and useful resource the Daily Mail Historical Archive (1896-2004) captures the development of 20th century culture and society.

You can access the Daily Mail Historical Archive (1896-2004) via the E-resources trials page.

Access available until 13th April 2016.
Feedback welcome.

You can also search for and access Daily Mail articles from the last 20-30 years via the databases Factiva, Nexis UK and Lexis Library. These databases provide the full-text from articles but do not provide scanned copies of the original newspapers, therefore, photos, images, some freelance material, advertisements, etc., are not included.

Did you know the Library also has access to The Times Digital Archive, The Guardian and Observer archive, the Historical Scotsman and many other archive newspapers? You can access all the newspaper databases the Library subscribes to via the Newspapers database page.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

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