The archive went live on June 6, 2006 after the acquisition of PaperofRecord.com, originally created by R.J. (Bob) Huggins and his team at Cold North Wind, Inc. The acquisition was not publicly announced by Cold North Wind until 2008. Some of the news archives date back to the 1800s. There is a timeline view available, to select news from various years.
While the initial launch was simply as an index of other web pages, an expansion of the service was announced on September 8, 2008, when Google News began to offer indexed content from scanned newspapers. The depth of chronological coverage varies. Since 2008, the entire content of The New York Times back to its founding in 1851 has been available.
In 2011 Google announced that it will no longer add content to the archive project. On August 14, 2011 without any notice, Google made the News Archives home page unavailable. Apparently, the service has been merged with Google News.
^"Bringing history online, one newspaper at a time". Google. September 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-08. "Today, we're launching an initiative to make more old newspapers accessible and searchable online by partnering with newspaper publishers to digitize millions of pages of news archives."
^Horn, Leslie (May 20, 2011). "Google Ending Newspaper Archiving Project". PC Magazine. Retrieved 2011-05-20. "According to the Boston Phoenix, a paper that has been archived through the project, Google sent participants an email on Thursday informing them of its plans. Google told the paper it will shift its focus to "newer projects that help the industry, such as Google One Pass, a platform that enables publishers to sell content and subscriptions directly from their own sites.""