Described by the New Yorker as "the newspaper that rules Britain," the Daily Mail has been at the heart of British journalism since 1896, regularly changing the course of government policy and setting the national debate. It currently boasts a circulation of over 2 million, and its website is the most visited news site in the world.
As well as the regular edition of the newspaper, the Daily Mail Historical Archive also includes the Daily Mail Atlantic Edition, which was published on board the cruise ships that sailed between New York and Southampton from 1923 to 1931. Copies were printed and sold to passengers on every day of the five-day voyages, with news transmitted from London and New York to the middle of the Atlantic by wireless radio transmission. These editions published different content to the regular London version of the paper and contained articles specifically commissioned for the journey, with a heavy emphasis on American content.
More than 100 years of this major UK national newspaper can be viewed in full digital facsimile form, with copious advertisements, news stories, and images that capture twentieth-century culture and society. The Daily Mail Historical Archive is part of Gale's growing "middle class/middle market" collection of newspapers and periodicals which reflect twentieth-century popular culture and tastes. They provide an important alternative perspective to "the newspaper of record," the Times. It serves as the perfect complement to The Times Digital Archive for students and researchers looking for multiple viewpoints to understand the past.
Subjects for research, teaching, and learning with the Daily Mail Historical Archive include:
The British Pathé website contains a number of videos that highlight the social importance of the Daily Mail.
Researchers can now easily see the frequency of search terms within sets of content to begin identifying central themes and assessing how individuals, events, and ideas interacted and developed over time.
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“All in all, I’m very impressed with the Daily Mail Historical Archive. It gives us access to a vitally important paper for the study of twentieth century British history and should prove to be a valuable tool for both researching and teaching the period.”