Visit 1851 with The New York Times

Attention students, faculty and staff,

You now have access to full-text, full-page and article-level images from The New York Times (1851 – 2011)! This is a great resource for historical local, regional, national and international news, and a perfect supplement to our current online subscription (1923 to present).

Just have your FGCU ID# ready if you are connecting from home.  Off-campus access is limited to FGCU students, staff and faculty.

You can search a topic via keyword, author, article title and first paragraph (abstract), or you can browse issues by selecting “Publications” at the top of the screen.  You can even limit your search to illustrations and advertisements. Note: The* New York Daily Times became the *New York Times in 1857.

Of course having 150+ years of history at your fingertips will help you research a variety of topics, but did you consider the various other ways you might use NYT?  Here are some creative ideas!

  • Create inexpensive gifts for family friends by framing the front page of the NYT published on the date of their birthday.
  • Search obituaries and wedding announcements to research your family’s history.
  • Explore old advertisements and use them as comedic relief in classroom or conference presentations.
  • Print out interesting sections of the paper and wrap small gifts with them!

Here’s how to access the NYT from any computer:

  1. Go to
  2. Select Databases
  3. Select “N” in the A-Z list
  4. Select “New York Times (1851-2011)”
  5. You will be asked to type your 14 digit FGCU ID# if you are connecting off campus

Enjoy!  Questions?  Contact the library research desk at 239-590-7630 to speak to a friendly FGCU librarian.