By: Renee Grant

If you’re a lover of good ol’ vinyl records, listen up…  over 50,000 classic records are now available online via the Internet Archive, curated by New York’s ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC).

The project began just over a year ago to preserve the recordings through the digital medium, while ARC has been doing their work of preserving audio and video materials since 1985.

The Internet Archive is an ongoing project, with over 200,000 donated physical recording dating back to the 50’s and well before. Many were originally committed to the shellac medium, a brittle form of an album that was replaced in the 60’s by resin.

The albums in the archive are not in the most popular genres but the selection ranges, featuring early blues records, bluegrass, yodeling, and other rare recordings in the 78 RPM range.

The archive also has a Twitter account that tweets a link to one of its files every 10n minutes. You can also create specialized searches to find what you’re looking for easily.

Digitizing these albums wasn’t an easy task, players of the era had no regulated playback speeds and other industry standards.

The collection, dubbed the Great 78 project, can be searched by creator, year of recording, who digitized the files, and more.

The project is always looking for contributors, you can find more info here.


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