Since 1791, the world’s major events have been documented in the pages of the Guardian and the Observer. Today, that record of history is available online in the shape of the Guardian and Observer Digital Archive.
From the battlefields of the Napoleonic Wars to the packed squares of the Arab spring; from the first Wimbledon final to London 2012; from JFK to the present day, for centuries the Guardian and Observer have been reporting on events that have shaped lives around the globe in their individual and distinctive voices.
The new archive was relaunched on 15 November 2012, and houses almost 13 million articles dating from 1791 up to 2003. It provides researchers, schools, universities and other institutions with an invaluable resource across many areas of interest, including world affairs, politics, sport, business, culture and science. But as well as the big moments in history, the records also mark milestones in people’s personal lives; the archive includes birth and wedding announcements and obituaries. It also stores some classified ads, comics, pictures and graphics.
Access to the archive is flexible. You can sign up for just 24 hours or for a year and the fees are adjusted accordingly. Your money gives you access to 1.2 million replica pages of the Guardian and Observer dating back to 1791, almost 13 million articles and thousands of photographs.