About the Financial Times Historical Archive, 1888-2010

Access the searchable digital archive of the world’s most authoritative daily business newspaper, from 1888 to 2010. This archive is an essential resource for studying history, business, management, finance and politics.

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Key Features

From its beginning as the London Financial Guide in January 1888, the Financial Times has developed to become one of the best-known and most-respected newspapers in the world. This archive contains:

  • Extensive news, comment and analysis;
  • Fully searchable pages with every item subject or topic categorised to permit fast retrieval of relevant articles;
  • The Lex column which started in late 1945 and features analyses and opinions covering global economics and finance;
  • All classified and display advertising and market listing;
  • Special supplements and the FT Magazine.

This newspaper can also be searched through Gale NewsVault which allows you to simultaneously search many other historical magazines and newspapers at the same time including the Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2012

More Information

Founded to serve the immediate needs of the City of London, the Financial Times quickly broadened its coverage, recognising the need for reporting and analysis of the progressive globalisation of financial markets. The Financial Times aims to provide accurate coverage of:

  • Companies: Business, Industry and Finance;
  • Globalisation;
  • Management;
  • National and International politics;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • Personal finance;
  • Technology.

Odd note: In 1893, the Financial Times was first printed on salmon pink paper to distinguish it from the Financial News, which at the time was its main rival. The archive has been created from microfilm copies, which are in black and white so the distinctive colours of the Financial Times were incorporated into the design of the site instead.

The History of the Financial Times