The Modesto Bee's Archive Search

The Bee's news archive may be searched for free, but there is a $2.95 fee per article download.
BEFORE SEARCHING this NewsLibrary service, search using the search form at the top of this page.
Some articles are saved online for 30 days - and some projects longer - and are available for free viewing.

You can save money by buying articles in packages:

  • A three-article package costs $6.95, with a one-week limit on the searches.
  • A 10-article package costs $21.95, with a one-month limit on the searches.

Search The Bee's Archive, 1989 to present (fee-based)

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What the Bee's fee-based archive contains/does not contain

The Modesto Bee's news archive contains Bee staff-written stories published between 1989 and the present. Generally the material is current 24 hours after publication.

THE ARCHIVE DOES NOT INCLUDE wire service stories, stories from other papers, PHOTOGRAPHS, GRAPHICS, calendar items or ads (including paid FUNERAL NOTICES).

You may search the archive and scan headlines for free. A fee of $2.95 is charged for each story displayed in full.

To view stories you must create an account with NewsLibrary , the service which makes the Bee archive available through the Internet.

By setting up an account, your credit card number will be kept on file so that you will not have to enter it each time you wish to retrieve the full text of an article. You may obtain older stories not found on the Internet through microfilm copies of the newspaper at the Stanislaus County Libary in downtown Modesto. If you do not have access to the library for stories prior to 1989, email The Bee's Karen Aiello at

Duplication or distribution of archival material is strictly prohibited