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Google’s Voice Archives Far From Complete


The Voice archives at Google are not complete. Far from it, in fact.

We sent over tapes of the newspaper’s entire history a couple of years ago, and we’ve been looking forward to Google making the archives public and searchable.

So we were very excited when, earlier this week, Google made them available.

That’s led to hours of enjoyable surfing of the Voice‘s illustrious past. But it also became quickly obvious that Google may have jumped the gun.

The list of missing months and years from the paper’s founding in October, 1955, is extensive and frustrating.

As far as we can tell, the Google collection is missing…

July and August, 1956
November, 1959 through March, 1960
November and December, 1963
All of 1966, 1968, and 1969
January through June, 1972
October through December, 1975
June and July, 1976
April and May, 1977
All of 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 and nearly all of 1983
All of 1984
All but December of 1985
Nearly all of 1986 and 1987
All of 1988
Nearly all of 1989 and 1990
All of 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994
Nearly all of 1995
All of 1996
July through September, 1997
All of 1998
April through September, 1999
Nearly all of 2000 through 2004

is continuing to add additional material, but we can’t help wondering
why they’d make an announcement with so much left to upload. They tell
us they’re working on it.

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