275 years of history at a click

The archives of L'Express and L'Impartial are fully accessible online. Founded on 2 October 1738, L'Express celebrates its 275th birthday in 2013, making it the oldest continuously published French-language newspaper in the world.

To celebrate this extraordinary history, all the issues ever published of the Express and its sister paper L'Impartial, which was founded on 1 January 1881, have been digitised. Publicly available online are all issues of the two titles from their inception to February 2013, with new issues being digitised on an ongoing basis and gradually put online. With the 275 years it covers, this project is a milestone in the history of the Swiss press. No fewer than 1.5 million pages can be accessed at the click of a mouse.

According to the press release, the success of the project required the cooperation of several partners. Under the leadership of the publisher of the two titles, the société neuchâteloise de Presse (SNP), the Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, the Bibliothèque de la Ville de La Chaux-de-Fonds and the Swiss National Library were involved. The project was financially supported by the Loterie romande and the Banque cantonale neuchâteloise.

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