Pretty much everyone knows about Google News. For many of us, it's the first stop for finding a news story from earlier in the day or week.
But did you know there is a deep (and I mean deep) Google News Archive here as well? Newspapers and other digitized materials going back to the 1700's. And Google has been adding new archives at a furious pace, so this is a resource tool to return to on a regular basis.
The Google search is free, of course. Most of the material that is archived is also free to access, but there are also links to materials, like articles from Ancestry.com, Proquest, Lexis, or NewspaperArchive.com, that you have to pay a fee to access.
Use the advanced search feature to fine tune your search by zeroing on a particular date range, geographical area, or even a particular newspaper. You can choose to see all results, or only results that are available at no charge.
From Google News Archives: NY Times, June 1, 1911