The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000 is the fully searchable digital archive of what was once the world’s largest-selling newspaper. Researchers and students can full-text search across 1 million pages of the newspaper’s backfile from its first issue to the end of 2000, including issues of the Sunday Telegraph from 1961.
Further extending Gale’s coverage of quality UK newspaper press, the Telegraph is a superb complement to other newspaper titles in Gale NewsVault, providing an alternative voice for researchers to titles such as the Times and the Daily Mail.
Launched in 1855, the Telegraph is generally seen by press historians as the start of a new era of journalism that emerged following the repeal of stamp duty and signalling the first step towards the mass-market journalism of the Daily Mail.
Directed at a wealthy, well-educated readership, the newspaper is commonly associated with traditional Toryism despite its more liberal beginnings, especially in regard to foreign policy. Under the editorship of poet and Orientalist Edwin Arnold from 1873 to 1899, the paper frequently featured articles on foreign affairs and foreign cultures. This led to the Telegraph’s coverage of Henry Morton Stanley’s expedition to Africa in search of David Livingstone, which it co-sponsored with the New York Herald.
In 1908, the Daily Telegraph published an infamous interview with Kaiser Wilhelm, the German chancellor who alienated the British public with such uncensored comments as "you English are mad, mad, mad as march hares." During World War II, the cryptic crossword puzzle used to recruit Allied codebreakers was published in the Telegraph.
The Telegraph also included many notable contributors, such as George Augustus Sala. One of the most famous journalists of the nineteenth century, Sala pioneered a more lively, personal style of writing and reported from all over the world. He is also celebrated for his coverage of the US Civil War. In addition, Sir Winston Churchill’s first journalistic attempts were contained within the pages of the Telegraph, written when he was a twenty-two-year-old army officer.
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.
By grouping commonly occurring themes, this tool reveals hidden connections to search terms — helping scholars shape their research and integrate diverse content with relevant information.
Integrate content from complementary primary source products in one intuitive environment to enable users to make never-before-possible research connections.
‘The Telegraph is one of the most requested newspapers amongst researchers. By digitising the complete archive of the important national institution we are opening up new opportunities for research into history, culture and society’ said Seth Cayley, director of research publishing, Gale International.