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The Briscoe Center for American History holds the clippings morgues for three major New York City news sources: The New York Times, The New York Herald Tribune, and The New York Journal American.

Morgues do not contain complete issues of newspapers, and consequently they are not an "archive" of everything published by a paper. Instead, morgues consist of files (envelopes) with clippings inside. The envelopes are defined by a subject, or by a personal or organization name.

This arrangement makes clippings morgues excellent resources for research, since many articles on one desired topic are contained in one place. However, this arrangement also makes it impossible to locate articles in the morgues using date information.

We have a list of repositories (PDF 127KB)  holding entire runs of the papers represented in our clippings morgues.

Online Resources:


New York News Media Morgues Reference Policy:

Due to staffing constraints, we are not able to conduct in-depth searching for specific articles in the morgues on behalf of researchers.

We provide access to the morgues to patrons who visit the Briscoe Center in person, and we will search for clip files (not articles) on specific topics or people that are provided to us by researchers via telephone, e-mail, and postal mail.

Morgue files are stored off site and must be requested several days to a week before you would like to view them. You may request up to seven files per day.

Advice for remote researchers:
If you know a specific date or date range for the article(s) that you seek, it is often more expedient for you to work with your local public library’s reference department to narrow your search to more specific dates using indexes such as the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature. Then, work with your local public library’s interlibrary loan department to secure the loan of the microfilmed material from this time period (if your local library doesn’t already have it). You will then be able to quickly move to the correct date range on the microfilm and find the article you seek.

You can also hire a professional researcher from the Austin area to come in and conduct morgue research on your behalf. We provide a list of area researchers available for hire.

Duplication, Copyright, and Publication
Materials from the New York News Media Morgues:

The Briscoe Center for American History may permit researchers and scholars to purchase copies of morgue clippings in accordance with the University’s fair use guidelines. Fair use means, generally, that the reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research."

While conducting research in our reading room, you may photograph clippings with a personal camera so that you have a reference copy to consult later.

** Only published materials in the Newsweek Research Archive may be copied or photographed.**

 This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a duplication order, if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order should involve violation of the copyright law. Please consult our Request Duplication page for details about placing an order for photocopies or digital scans.

  • Photocopies and scans of morgue clippings are made by Briscoe Center staff only.
  • Copies of morgue materials are limited to one clipping per page.
  • If clippings are not physically flagged, Briscoe Center staff will copy all clippings in a selected envelope.
  • The condition of some items may prohibit the production of a legible copy.

Patrons are responsible for adhering to copyright restrictions in accordance with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

If you have a proposed use for items reproduced from the New York News Media Morgues at the Briscoe Center for American History, you must secure permission from two sources:

1. The corporation that holds copyright on the material that you wish to use. Copyright was not transferred to the Briscoe Center in our acceptance of the morgue materials. We do not give copyright permission to publish or display materials, and we do not accept liability for copyright infringement if a patron uses BCAH-provided photocopies in excess of "fair use."

2. The Briscoe Center for American History, as the owner of the physical property. You can find our permission request form in the Request Duplication page.