Glad I'm not the only one who is upset with this change. When google first made the change, you could at least access the historical newspapers and do some searches. It was not an improvement, and I'm with the folks who say "if it isn't broke, don't fix it." But now you can't access these papers through searching at all. The only way I can seem to get any of these papers is to copy an old link for an article that I saved and then browse the newspapers. It's really ridiculous. And that workaround doesn't let me access any historical papers that I hadn't yet searched. I really don't understand why they did this. Find a provider who will take over these newspapers and let folks who are interested in searching them have access to them.
I must say ever since they changed leadership at google, their entire product line had deteriorated - all the focus is on social networking and forget the other services that researchers enjoyed using.