The Yale Daily News Historical Archive

The Yale Daily News Historical Archive provides access to digitized copies of the printed newspaper, including all issues from its founding on January 28, 1878, through 2021. The Archive was made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous Yale College alumnus and is maintained and managed by the Yale University Library. The digitized copies in this Archive have been fully indexed and are searchable and usable on-line, with links to PDF versions of the complete texts of articles in many cases. In addition to publishing the Yale Daily News, the Library also maintains special editions of the paper celebrating the Yale-Harvard Game Day Issue and Commencement as well as the first year issue and several other special issues throughout the academic year in collaboration with the various cultural centers at the University.

The current New York City tabloid newspaper with the same name was founded in 1919 by Joseph Medill Patterson as the Illustrated Daily News, becoming the first U.S. daily printed in tabloid format and once having the highest circulation of any newspaper in the world. The News built its reputation by reporting sensational stories of crime, scandal and violence along with lurid photographs and cartoons.

After a long struggle, the News was able to overcome the larger and more sensational rival, The New York Post, in its battle for readers. The Daily News continued to grow in popularity until the mid-20th century when its circulation peaked. The News has since suffered significant decline and was eventually bought in 1993 by businessman Mortimer B. Zuckerman and sold to Tribune Publishing, now known as Tronc, for $1 in 2017.

A daily news is a newspaper that is published each business day of the year (other than Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays). Its primary mission is to report current events and provide unbiased analysis. Its coverage includes national and international news, politics, government, sports, business, entertainment and more. Its website features a wealth of online resources, including a searchable archive of thousands of stories and a wide variety of multimedia presentations of local and regional events.

In the United States, the term “daily news” is commonly used to refer to the flagship newspaper of a major metropolitan area, such as the New York Times, or to a large city newspaper with an extensive newsroom staff. Outside of the United States, the term is often used to refer to a general interest weekly or monthly magazine or to a general interest daily or semiweekly publication in which the emphasis is on entertainment and celebrity news rather than on serious journalism.

The New York City-based Daily News has a history of local and state-level political coverage in addition to its national and global coverage. It also operates a network of bureaus in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens; at the New York City Department of Transportation headquarters; within One Police Plaza; and at the various municipal, county and state courthouses in New York City. The News has also a satellite office in Hartford, Connecticut; and has produced television newscasts and radio shows.