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TIME PERIOD: 1822–2006


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Coming soon to NewsVault!  Since 1822, The Sunday Times has provided thoughtful analysis and commentary on the week’s news and society at large. Murder, theatre, sport and politics – all collide in its pages in an abundance of glorious narrative detail.

World-famous for its cutting-edge investigative journalism, the U.K. newspaper broke many of the key stories of the twentieth century, including the thalidomide scandal in the 1960s, the exposure of Kim Philby as a Soviet double-agent, and the revelations about the Israeli nuclear program in 1986. In more than 800,000 pages, The Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006 is a gateway to the greatest crimes, careers and culture of the last 180 years.

Summary:  The 19th century run of The Sunday Times remains fairly inaccessible outside of this collection and its content relatively unknown.  For the first time, The Sunday Times Historical Archive, 1822-2006 brings this wealth of rich, social and cultural historical content to researchers' fingertips.

The 20th century run of this newspaper is powerful in its hard-hitting and investigative journalism, with in-depth information and widely researched, long-term news stories.

“The Titanic’s Fate” - April 21, 1912 Issue

The Sunday Times Historical Archive, 1822-2006 brings these two centuries of news together in one resource, providing the complete run of the newspaper up to 2006, including all of its supplements, in one cross-searchable and browseable platform.

Coming soon to Gale NewsVault, The Sunday Times Historical Archive, 1822-2006 is the perfect complement to Cengage Learning's other newspaper collections, including The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2006*, The Listener Historical Archive, The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, 19th Century British Library Newspapers, and many more.  The ability to cross-search these well-known titles alongisde The Sunday Times provides an unmatched discovery experience for the user.  

Significance: The Sunday Times Historical Archive, 1822-2006 is an important resource for all humanities and social sciences courses, especially in:  

  • History
  • Media Studies/Journalism
  • Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Politics
  • Theatre

This collection is also a valuable resource for family history and genealogy.  The Sunday Times has featured a regular births, deaths and marriages column throughout its history, making it an excellent resource for family history research. In the nineteenth century the paper even included a regular Freemasonry column, as well as publishing details of the graduates from Sandhurst.

The Sunday Times is famous for many of its stories, including:

Spy scandal

In 1967, The Sunday Times recorded one of the greatest coups in journalism, confronting the former MI6 agent Kim Philby in Moscow, and outing him as a Soviet spy. Over three decades, Philby’s duplicity had almost certainly led to the loss of several British agents and Russian defectors, along with the exposure of many state secrets, yet the secret services were strongly suspected of a cover-up. Running over several weeks, the scoop caused a sensation, and rocked the establishment.

Thalidomide investigation

Initially prescribed to pregnant women to treat morning sickness, thalidomide was withdrawn from the market in 1961, following reports that it was linked to a number of birth defects. The Sunday Times spent a decade campaigning for compensation for the victims, providing case studies and evidence of the tragic side-effects of the drug. The tireless efforts of the paper paid off in 1968, when The Distillers Company agreed to a multi-million pound payout for the victims.

Hitler Diaries

The Sunday Times was caught up in one of the greatest frauds of the 20th century, when it signed a deal in 1983 with the German magazine Stern to serialise the newly discovered “Hitler Diaries”, which had been acquired by Stern. Although initially authenticated by the historian Hugh Trevor-Roper, the diaries were quickly discovered to be crude forgeries. The Sunday Times defended the authenticity of the diaries for two weeks, before eventually conceding that it had been duped. Circulation, however, soared.

“Test-tube baby experiments may lead to new laws” -  July 30, 1978 Issue

*Despite the similarity of names, The Sunday Times was an entirely separate paper from The Times until 1966, when both papers came under common ownership. To this day, The Sunday Times remains editorially independent from The Times, with its own remit and perspective on the news.

“Revealed: the secrets of Israel’s nuclear arsenal” - October 5, 1986 Issue

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