The Internet Archive is the store room of all knowledge of history or mystery. It is the archive of published books, audio files, music and much more from around the globe. The new valuable addition is the Great 78 Project which just received 50,000 digitized 78rpm discs or pieces of vinyl.
Great 78 Project
THE GREAT 78 Project is a community project for the preservation, research, and discovery of 78rpm records. 78rpm records became popular between late 18th to mid 19th century. It has an estimation of 3 million sides recorded in this format of vinyl. 20 collection points have been a major contributor to the project. Batavia Illinois Public Library Collection became one of the first major donors provided 48,000 78rpm records. Along with others like ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) located in New York City.
Internet Archive, George Blood LP, and the Archive of Contemporary Music have selected, digitized and preserved these new collections of 78rpm.
Digitalizing those old records into Flac file is like preserving the last piece of cheese in the market on the peak of Everest.
Now you can access the playlist of your great great GREAT grandfather. Researchers rejoice! Musicians can travel through the changes that came in genres with time. They are well categorized in YEAR, TOPICS & SUBJECTS (genre), Language, Collection, and Creator.
They are tweeting a link to freshly digitized 78rpm every 10 minutes HERE.
You can join THE GREAT 78 PROJECT if you have any 78 vinyl lying on your shelf. Least you can now listen to classic folks with a rare recipe of instruments and vocals on the internet archive.
“We’ve worked hard to make digitization safe, fast and affordable, so if you’d like to digitize your collection we can help.”