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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 Cengage Learning’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.

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Gale’s Telegraph archive spans 145 years
"‘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’ - Seth Cayley, director of research publishing, Gale International."
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About The Telegraph

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.

The newspaper was directed at a wealthy, educated readership and 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 published widely 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.


The Kaiser Wilhelm affair: 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’.
The cryptic crossword puzzle: the crossword was circulated to recruit Allied codebreakers during the Second World War and was published in the Telegraph on 13 January 1942.

Notable contributors

George Augustus Sala (1828-1895): One of the most famous (if not the most famous) journalists of the day who pioneered a more lively, personal style of journalism and reported from all over the world. He is also celebrated for his coverage of the US Civil War.
Sir Winston Churchill: Churchill’s first journalistic content is contained within the pages of the Telegraph when he was a young, 22-year-old army officer.

Related Resources from Gale include:

The Times Digital Archive
Daily Mail Historical Archive
British Newspapers. 1600-1950

For more information on how our digital newspaper archives (The Daily Mail, Times, and Telegraph) work together, read our full infographic.

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