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What's here

Original Roanoke Times print stories from 1990 to the present. Prior editions are available on microfilm at Roanoke Valley libraries, 540-853-2073. To find recent news stories published on, use our main search page. These stories are available at no cost.

What's not here

  • Photographs, graphics, charts (but you can purchase photo prints here)
  • Recipes
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  • Stories from news wires including the Associated Press and other newspapers

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Tips on searching

Start by searching for a specific word, such as a last name, in the year the article was printed. If you know specific words ought to be in the archive, enclose them in parentheses, as in (Home Shopping Network).

To find an obituary

Obituaries posted since October 1998 can be found using obit and the person’s name as a keyword search. For example, type: obit - williams in the search box. Before October 1998, all of the obituaries for a given day of the week are in one long file. If you are searching for a Smith, it will be part of a file that you’ll see starting with Abbott, Adams or Abercrombie — or some name at the beginning of the alphabet, as that is how obituaries are listed. Smith will appear on that list when you download the file.

To find a column

Doug Doughty’s College Notebook column: column(college notebook)

To find stories written by a particular reporter

byline(laurence hammack) or byline(hammack)


Why is The Roanoke Times charging for its archives?
The online archives are intended as a convenience for those who prefer to do their research on You can always research Roanoke Times articles free of charge at the Roanoke Public Library.

Can I post a Roanoke Times archival article on my website?
No. By paying a fee for access to an article, you do not have the right to re-publish it. Archival articles are copyright of the Times-World Corp. and may not be republished without written permission. To request permission, click here.

Can I link to a Roanoke Times archival article from my website?
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