Life Magazine Archive Now Available on Google Books

Life Inc. announced today that more than 1,860 issues from the LIFE Archive are now available online through Google Books. The scanned magazines cover LIFE Magazine issues from 1936-1972, allowing readers to search and view full content from these legendary pages.

This is the first time that the public will have comprehensive electronic access to entire LIFE magazine issues. The scanned issues will include the stories and images from LIFE’s renowned staff of editors and photographers including Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White and Gordon Parks. In addition to the covers, articles and extraordinary photographs, readers will also be able to search and view the original covers, advertisements, letters to the editor and more.

“LIFE magazine was there for every historical event, cultural shift, and pop culture occurrence,”says 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.”

“We’re tremendously excited to partner with Life Inc.,” said Andrew Madden, Strategic Partner Development Manager at Google. “Our partnership will enable millions of people around the world to discover and access LIFE Magazine’s iconic archive online.”

This announcement follows a previous partnership between Google and Life Inc. in November 2008, with LIFE making the contents of its image collection available through Google Image Search. The LIFE photography collection on Google Image Search includes more than 10 million images.

Users may search through the Google LIFE archive by visiting:


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