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We've partnered with Google to make all of our archives available and searchable online.

Google announced the partnership today on its blog.

You also may read about the deal on this industry blog.

We're just today seeing the results of this partnership ourselves. Go here and enter "Victoria Advocate" as the "source" field  to read stories dating back to our founding in 1846. You also may search the "Matagorda Advocate."

A Google project manager advises that the company plans within a few months to create a hosted site that will allow our readers to go directly to the VictoriaAdvocate.com for these searches. We're not sure where this partnership will lead, but we think it serves the interests of our readers to make available the buried treasures of the state's second-oldest newspaper. We couldn't have afforded to digitize all of this content ourselves. We have the right to end the partnership if we think it's no longer in our company's best interests.

Many thanks to librarian Robbi Patterson for her efforts on this project. She has worked with Google since the company contacted us about a partnership earlier this year. Google notes it may be missing some editions and will keep adding to the archives during the coming months.

Try it out and let us know what you think.