Google is partnering with several newspaper publishers to begin digitizing “millions” of newspaper articles, going back decades. Beyond just the content of the articles itself, Google also wants to scan, archive and make searchable all the content inside old newspapers – pictures, advertisements, everything.
The concept and the attempt aren't new. The cooperation is, and it seems Google has news partners with archives extending back into the 1800s. Anyone who is a history buff could appreciate how valuable a tool like this would be.