Associated Press + Your Library

Associated Press Collections Online brings to life historical events from around the globe with award-winning news coverage, imagery, and behind-the-scenes context. A vast presentation of the history and back story of the venerable Associated Press—decades worth of wire copy, correspondence, memos, internal publications, and more—the Associated Press Collections Online meets the research needs of a variety of disciplines, including journalism, history, women's studies, political science, sociology, business, and more.

This six-part collection of primarily twentieth-century materials consists of:

  • Actual wire copy including never-before published materials, often complete with editor and/or field notes
  • Intra- and inter-bureau correspondence, from within and beyond the United States
  • Personal papers from reporters and photographers, including notebooks, personal letters, and photo outtakes
  • Photos and video footage

Platform Features & Tools

Term Frequency

Researchers can see the frequency of search terms within sets of content to begin identifying central themes and assessing how individuals, events, and ideas interact and develop over time.

Term Clusters

By grouping commonly occurring themes, this tool reveals hidden connections within search terms—helping to shape research by integrating diverse content with relevant information.

Cross-Search Capability

Search across the content of complementary primary source products in one intuitive environment, enabling innovative new research connections.

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The Independent Digital Archive

The Independent Digital Archive, 1986-2012 covers the full run of the newspaper from its very first issue until 2016. Through an intuitive interface and multiple search paths, users can search, retrieve, and browse every article, page, and edition of the newspaper, gaining insight into this crucial period of twentieth- and twenty-first-century culture and society and how the media represented it.

The Listener Historical Archive, 1929-1991

During the peak of the radio age, the BBC set a global standard in reporting and commentary. The network published transcripts of its broadcasts in an innovative weekly called the Listener. This magazine expanded upon the intellectual coverage of the week and offered original content that shed light on timely political and cultural issues. This collection provides rare access to the content of many early broadcasts and the BBC's perspective on the twentieth century.

19th Century U.S. Newspapers

As compelling as it is comprehensive, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers provides access to primary source newspaper content from the nineteenth century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the United States. The collection encompasses the entire nineteenth century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African American culture and history, westward migration, and Antebellum-era life, among other subjects.

Punch Historical Archive, 1841-1992

The fully text-searchable online archive of Punch -- Punch Historical Archive, 1841-1992 -- is available for scholars, students, and the general researcher to explore. The archive is an unrivaled resource for researching and teaching nineteenth- and twentieth-century political and social history on key themes such as World War I and World War II; colonialism, imperialism and End of Empire; impact of new technology and modernity; public health, conservation and environmentalism; social change; and the role of women.