Database Trial – ProQuest Historical Newspapers

proquestLike to read the news from across the pond? Well, further to our recommendation of the New York Times Archive, we’re currently running a trial of the following US newspaper archives via the ProQuest platform until 13th May 2016.

  • Chicago Tribune
  • Los Angeles Times
  • New York Tribune / Herald Tribune
  • The Baltimore Sun
  • The Boston Globe
  • The Washington Post

For access and further details please visit:

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

Get With the Times – Read All About It!

ttronslien-8953Looking for US-related historical primary source material? Need to search first-hand accounts of past events? We can help!

The Library holds the entire digitised archive of the New York Times, 1851-2012. Full-text and full-image articles are available in downloadable PDF format. History, raw and at your fingertips!

For more recent articles, try Nexis UK.

Image courtesy of Morguefile.


Database Trial – 19th Century British Newspapers

brandWe’re turning the clock even further back with our second newspaper archive trial this month, with the 19th Century British Newspapers collection, volumes 3 to 5.

The 19th Century British Newspapers collection contains full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain. This new collection includes national and regional newspapers, as well as those from both established country or university towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Special attention was paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also present in the collection.

To access the newspapers go to – for off-campus access you will need your Athens username and password.

Please note that the library already has access to parts I-II of this collection.

The trial will run until April 15th.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn ( with your comments.

Database Trial – Telegraph Historical Archive

telegraphFacebookWe’re running another couple of newspaper archive trials this month, starting with the venerable Daily Telegraph.

Launched in 1855, The Telegraph was the first 1d (one penny) morning paper (The Times was 7d). By 1876, The Telegraph was the largest-selling newspaper in the world, with a circulation of 300,000. The newspaper was directed at a wealthy, educated readership and is commonly associated with traditional Toryism, despite its more ‘liberal’ beginnings.

The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000 has over one million pages of content and includes the Sunday edition from its inception in 1961. The archive offers a fundamental insight into domestic and international affairs and culture over a timespan of almost 150 years.

To access the newspaper go to: – for off-campus access you will need your Athens username and password.

The trial will run until April 15th 2016.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

On the Radar… DIY & Anarchist Publishing

1363LU Arts Radar, supported by the LU Communication, Culture and Citizenship Research Challenge, are presenting a thought-provoking discussion about the world of underground publishing next Wednesday (6th May).

The discussion is headlined by Richard Cubesville, a journalist, and is the force behind One Way Ticket to Cubesville zine, a vehemently DIY slice of anarcho-absurdism in existence since 1987, and Stevphen Shukaitis, an academic at the University of Essex and is the coordinator of the Minor Compositions publishing project, which bills itself as a series of interventions and provocations drawing from autonomous politics, avant-garde aesthetics, and the revolutions of everyday life.

Both these presenters are actively engaged in forms of publishing that differ markedly from the industry norm – but they differ from one another too.  This presentation and discussion of their approaches will illuminate the political significance of alternative publishing, against the backdrop of a rapidly changing publishing world.

There will also be a mini-exhibit of zines before and after the session.  The event is free and open to all, and starts at 5pm in the LU Arts Project Space in the Edward Barnsley Building.

Tariq Ali: The Extreme Centre – Free Public Lecture

shutterstock_85721014Next Tuesday, 5th May, the Brockington Building will be hosting the latest in the Politics, History & International Relations Department’s series of free lectures, The Critical Politics for Global Challenges Lecture Series, when the guest speaker will be Tariq Ali.

Author of more than twenty books, as a historian, novelist and social commentator, Tariq Ali is one of Britain’s most committed polemicists. In his latest book, The Extreme Centre, the Guardian and London Review of Books contributor and editor at the New Left Review argues that Westminster is in the grip of an extreme centre, a trilateral monolith in which politics has become a contest to see who can best serve the needs of the market, whilst unstable populist parties occupy the margins.

Meanwhile, he suggests, the gap between the haves and the have-nots has turned into a chasm. The rich have found new ways of protecting their wealth, whilst everyone else suffers the penalties of austerity. With inequality continuing to grow and our political elite failing to redress the balance, Ali offers up this warning against the status quo and, in scouring the immediate and not-so-recent political past, posits potential alternative futures to get us back on track.

This series of public lectures by speakers from outside academia – campaigners, journalists, researchers, politicians and others – will bring to bear their particular expertise on different aspects of these issues. Talks will be followed by time for questions, contributions and discussion.

The lecture begins at 6pm. Admission is free, but booking is necessary. To do that, follow this link:

World Press Freedom Day

world press freedom day

Today is World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO’s annual awareness raising celebration of the fundamental importance of the freedom of the press and the right to freedom of expression as enshrined in the Universal Declation of Human Rights.

The event, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is held on this date to mark the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of press freedom principles compiled by African journalists in 1991 which is regarded as a landmark in the ongoing battle for global press freedom as both a fundamental human right and an essential cornerstone of democracy.

In the UK press freedom has come into much scrutiny in recent years following the findings of the Leveson Enquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press following the News International hacking scandal which first came to light in 2005, and that has resulted in the closure of the News of the World paper in 2011 after 168 years in print, and several on-going high-profile court cases. The government and the newspaper industry remain locked in a bitter dispute about how to implement press reforms in the light of it.

We have a copy of the Leveson Inquiry in our High Demand section on Level 3. We also have many books on the subject of press freedom among our collection, as well as access to vast fund of electronic newspaper archives among our newspaper databases on Library Catalogue Plus, including the Times Digital Archive, the Daily Mirror Archive, and of course Nexis UK, which offers comprehensive coverage of UK, European and US newspapers.