The New York Times has recently made available a free, full-text, searchable archive of its articles, reviews and editorials covering the period from its first issue in September 1851 to December 31, 1922. The archive contains over 3.5 million items. The search engine supports searching by keyword, headline, and author, and it is also possible to limit the date range of a search. Search results are displayed by relevance (closest match to search terms), with options to resort by date (oldest or newest first). The display of results includes complete citation information and the first paragraph of each article; to view a complete article it is necessary to select a link to a scan of the article in PDF format.
The New York Times archive site also includes contents from 1923 to 1980, but the majority of these articles are not freely accessible.
In addition to the archive, the Cheng Library also provides subscription access to the full text of the New York Times from June 1980 to the present through the ProQuest search interface and through the Lexis-Nexis Academic database.