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AP Corporate Archives

The AP Corporate Archives was established in 2003 to document the news, administrative and governance arms of the AP from its beginnings in 1846 to the present.

Unique among news archives for both scope and content, the collections contain over 4,000 linear feet of paper records and 10 terabytes of digital collections. They document nearly 175 years of AP institutional history and news reporting as well as the origin and development of American journalism. 

Collections include governance records, bureau records, original wire copy, internal publications, personal papers, oral history interviews with AP staff, artifacts, photographs, film and video, the archive of AP Radio News, works of art, and a general reference collection centered on AP writers, journalism memoir and communications history.

Records are acquired through internal transfer from departments and bureaus or through outside donation. Archivists arrange, describe, preserve and make available archival collections for a variety of uses, including corporate projects, content licensing, research, documentaries and exhibitions.

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AP at 175

The Associated Press celebrated its 175th birthday in 2021. To mark this milestone, the AP Corporate Archives has assembled a concise visual history of the organization, offered here in an eight-part series, “AP at 175.”

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Images from the Corporate Archives (including historic wire copy and other documents) are available for licensing through AP Images.

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The stacks of the Corporate Archives in AP Headquarters

Information for researchers

Research in the Corporate Archives is by appointment only.

For photographic and video research, visit AP Newsroom.

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AP employee years-of-service pins

Donating materials

The AP Corporate Archives welcomes donations of personal papers from former AP staff and others.

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View descriptions of and download brochures from AP’s past onsite exhibits.

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AP Corporate Archives minidocumentaries

Drawing upon AP’s photographic, video and archival collections, the Corporate Archives produces two minidocumentaries each year that highlight AP’s coverage of major historic events. 

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