The Associated Press Collections Online Archive brings the history of world events to life in ways never before available. Combining award-winning news coverage, imagery and behind-the-scenes context, the archive tells the stories of our past in vivid detail. The archive would serve as a complement to the reporting in historical newspapers such as The Times.

This six-part collection of primarily 20th 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 U.S.
•    Personal papers from reporters and photographers, including notebooks, personal letters and photo outtakes
•    Oral histories of events in interviews with AP staff
•    Photos and video footage
•    AP internal publication, Making the News

The six collections are:


Middle East Bureaus Collection >NEW

The Middle East Bureaus Collection offers access to the records from some of the AP’s most active international bureaus; Jerusalem, Ankara, Beirut and their surrounding areas, delivering the exclusive stories behind the headlines from 1967 to 2005.

European Bureaus Collection >NEW

The European Bureaus Collection provides coverage of the twentieth-century’s most influential international bureaus: Vienna, Geneva, Warsaw, Bern, Berlin, and Prague - as well as a special cross-bureau collection that covers conflicts and disorders that affected the whole of the continent.

News Features & Internal Communications Collection

The News Features & Internal Communications Collection includes news analysis, human interest stories, and entertainment and sports reporting from the 1940s forward.

U.S. City Bureaus Collection

The U.S. City Bureaus Collection offers access to records from the AP’s domestic bureaus, dating from 1931 to 2004.

Washington, D.C. Bureau Collection, Part I

The Washington, D.C. Bureau Collection, Part I provides access to bureau records (1938-2009), and documents the administrations of seven U.S. presidents; from Roosevelt to Reagan.

Washington D.C. Bureau Collection, Part II >NEW

The Washington D.C. Bureau Collection, Part II covers the presidencies of Wilson, Harding, and Coolidge with stunning depth, providing an unbroken chronology of world and national events as reported by the AP from 1915 to 1930.


Find out more about the Associated Press and the archive

For more than 100 years the Associated Press has delivered the news when and where it occurs. Together with Gale, part of Cengage Learning, they are digitising previously unseen footage to deliver the stories behind the headlines. Find out more about the ‘Marine Corps of journalism’.




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The Associated Press Collections Online Archive is available on Gale Primary Sources

For further information download the Associated Press Collections Online Archive Brochure (PDF)