Google have released a news archive stretching back 200 years. Their spider has been busy since 1795.
“News archive search provides an easy way to search and explore historical archives. In addition to helping you search, News archive search can automatically create timelines which show selected results from relevant time periods.“
Google has partnered with news agencies including Time, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Guardian and the Washington Post, and various news aggregators, to provide full text searching of their archives.
Not all the archives are free. Some require payment.
As SEW notes: “Don’t want to pay a fee for archived news? Check out Topix.net’s one-year archive of news”