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What information is available in The San Diego Union-Tribune archives?
Most San Diego Union-Tribune articles published since Jan 1, 2000 are available in the archives. These articles are typically available in the archives within approximately 48 hours of the article publication date. Unfortunately, articles published before Jan 1, 2000 are not available in the archives. Please see below for more information on what is not included in the archives.

What information is not included in The San Diego Union-Tribune archives?
Not included in the archives are articles that have been picked up from newswire services, such as AP and Reuters that are only available online for two weeks from their publication date.

Online only articles written by SignOnSanDiego.com staff writers are also not placed in the archives. To obtain a copy of a SignOnSanDiego.com article please see the section on Article Reprints, Links and Reproductions.

In addition, the following items are not included in the archives:

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Articles published before Jan 1, 2000

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