The Economist Historical Archive

June 2, 2009 | Announcements

The Economist Historical Archive contains every issue of the Economist published from 1843 to 2003, only it’s more than a backlog of issues from the global newsweekly. Find it under Journals and Reference Databases on CUNY’s Library Resources page (

A searchable database of some 600,000 full-text pages of eye-witness accounts, news analysis, economic indicators, color images and advertisements, The Economist Historical Archive provides a trove of primary source material for anyone doing research in business, economics, history or international affairs.

If you’re looking for what pundits were saying about Abraham Lincoln when he abolished the institution of slavery in the U.S., try a quick keyword search: Abraham Lincoln. Or if you want narrower results, do an advanced search: Abraham Lincoln (abolition* or anti-slave*). If you’re just getting started in your research, browse a year in headlines to slake your interest, then click on a cover to skim the table of contents.

Interested in reading about the rise of the Russian economy in the late 1990s? Along with articles on the oligarchs, there’s economic data for countries categorized by key data categories, including demographics and income, GDP, foreign payments and monetary indicators. Many of the tables can be exported into an Excel spreadsheet.

Best of all, the Economist Historical Archive is free and accessible to you from your desktop with a CUNY Library card. It’s one of the many new ways CUNY Libraries are enriching your learning experience.

–Irene Gashurov