Google Brings LIFE Magazine Archive Online

    September 24, 2009

LIFE Magazine has announced that more than 1,860 issues from its archive are now available online through Google Books.

The scanned magazines include LIFE Magazine issues from 1936-1972, allowing readers to search and view full content.

The scanned issues include articles and issues from LIFE’s staff of editors and photographers including Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White and Gordon Parks. In addition to the covers, articles and photographs, readers will be able to search and view original covers, advertisements, and letters to the editor.

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"LIFE magazine was there for every historical event, cultural shift, and pop culture occurrence," said Andrew Blau, Life Inc. President. "From our first issue in 1936 featuring President Franklin Roosevelt’s work relief project to coverage of Apollo 11, Marilyn Monroe, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, the Beatles, the beehive and everything in between."

"Every day we receive requests from readers looking for these issues for research purposes, and to find photos and articles featuring family members, hometowns and other memories. Now with these full issues available online, readers will be able to browse through history as it was being recorded."

The announcement follows a previous partnership between Google and LIFE in November of 2008. LIFE made the contents of its image collection available via Google Image Search, which includes more than 10 million images.