Royal Society Publishing recently announced that it has made the archives of its journals available online for the world to search and read. Any of their published papers that are more than 70 years old can be viewed for free in their entirety. In total, this makes 60,000 historical scientific papers available. Included in these archives are papers written by Benjamin Franklin and Isaac Newton. You can search the archives here.
Applications for Education
The archives of the Royal Society journals could be a valuable resource for students interested in the history of scientific topics. Theoretically, by using the Royal Society archives students could trace the development of concept from its start to modern day.
H/T to Open Culture.