The New York Times Launches Enhanced Archive Search and @NYTArchives Twitter Account

nyt“Today The New York Times launches search on its interactive digital archive: TimesMachine.  With this newly-developed search technology, users can now use both free text and subject headings from the Times Index to search the 11,298,320 Times articles published across 46,592 issues between September 18, 1851 and December 31, 1980. Unlike previous iterations of search on NYTimes.com, results in the TimesMachine enhanced search not only include headlines and snippets but also images of every matching article in the context of the page on which it originally appeared.  This allows users to identify items of maximum interest at-a-glance.  When a user selects a result, TimesMachine will display the selected article in its complete original context, surrounded by all of the other articles in the same issue.

The Times is also launching @NYTArchives on Twitter, which will present historical content from a variety of archival sources including TimesMachine and the 1980-present text archives on NYTimes.com.  This feed will link current affairs to their historic counterparts, mark significant anniversaries, present historic images and documents from The Times’s Photo Morgue, highlight iconic advertisements and, of course, share odd and amusing articles.  Here are some sample tweets:

In 1976, Health Ministry of Zaire named virulent epidemic virus for local river: The Ebola

100 years ago today, with ominous reference to Lusitania, @nytimes reports dawn of WWI

Decades before being curtained by Jumbotrons, 1 Times Square could have housed your business!

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