Now that’s an archive!

Regular Slugger readers will know of my enthusiastic use of the treasures in Slugger extensive archive, and in my more fanciful moments I’d quite happily argue that, to some extent, the archive could be utilised in terms of a Baconian history.. [*ahem* – Ed] But even Slugger doesn’t, yet, have an archive to rival Google’s [new] News Archive Search [Yet?!! – Ed], which “offers access to articles as far back as ‘the mid-1700s'”… currently only at the US Google News site. See this BBC report and The Guardian More here, natch..From the Guardian

Partners in the project include the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post. Other sources include aggregators such as Factiva, owned by Dow Jones & Reuters, and LexisNexis.

It resolves one problem Google News had run into, namely the self-imposed 30 day archive limit, and absence of cached articles, in the standard Google News Search – after complaints from subscription-based online media.

It has potential [doesn’t everything Google develops? – Ed] although, disappointingly the majority of the archives searched still require subscription or a pay-per-view fee to access… apart from Time.. So I thought I’d try to see what early articles I could find out there to complement my previous post on James Hoban

The News Archive Search for James Hoban pre-1900 finds 25 article, unfortunately almost all behind subscription walls..

But an article from Time dated 4th May 1929 does add the information that George Washington’s competition to design The President’s Palace, as Hoban initially called it, brought initial prize money of $500