The New York Times recently launched TimesMachine featuring 70 years of their archives available online in an easy to browse format. You can highlight sections of text to read and then click through for a full PDF version of the article. The archive begins with the very first issue on September 18, 1851 and includes every single issue through December 31, 1922.
Browsing around it’s amazing to be able to read about historic events as they were covered in the paper, like the assassination of President Lincoln or the sinking of the Titanic. Of course the advertisements give a great look into what life was like during different time periods. We’ve come a long way from the days of going down to the library and looking up old articles on microfiche.