Daily Mail Historical Archive trial access

*The Library has now purchased access to the Daily Mail Historical Archive (1896-2004). See New to the Library: Daily Mail Historical Archive.*

I’m pleased to let you know that thanks to a request from a student in HCA the Library currently has trial access to the Daily Mail Historical Archive (1896-2004) from Gale Cengage. Whatever your feelings about the Daily Mail this is a fascinating archive providing access to over 100 years of the newspaper, while also providing an important alternative perspective to newspapers such at The Times, The Guardian, etc.

You can access the database via the E-resources trials page.
Access is available both on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 9th February 2018.

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.

Screenshot from Daily May on this day 100 years ago. Daily Mail (London, England), Friday, January 11, 1918; pg. 3; Issue 6793. [from Daily Mail 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), Tuesday, December 31, 1940; pg. [1]; Issue 13941. [screenshot from Daily Mail Historical Archive]

Newspapers are a valuable and rich resource providing first-hand accounts and opinions of events and issues. Love it or loathe it, the Daily Mail is seen as one of Britain’s most influential papers and can be useful  to compare and contrast with other newspaper archives the Library has access to such at The Times Digital Archive, The Guardian and The Observer Archive, British Library Newspapers, UK Press Online, etc.

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

Access Daily Mail Historical Archive via e-resources trials.
Access is available until 9th February 2018.
Feedback welcome.

While the trial is running you will also be able to cross-search the Daily Mail Historical Archive along with the other newspaper archives we have access to from Gale, via Gale’s NewsVault. You can also cross-search with other primary source archives from Gale via Gale Primary Sources.

You can access all the online newspaper archives already available at the Library via the Newspapers & Magazines database list.

Access is only available to current students and staff at University of Edinburgh.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology