Founded in 1996, the Internet Archive has built an unparalleled library of digital artifacts in less than three decades.
Many people are familiar with the website archiving project “Wayback Machine” but the non-profit also has many other preservation projects underway.
These meticulous archiving skills are a vital part of the digital history books, which are being ‘written’ as we speak. However, good intentions themselves are not immune to copyright complaints, or worse, multi-million dollar lawsuits.
The Great 78 Project
Six years ago, the Archive teamed up with other libraries and experts to archive the sounds of 78-rpm gramophone records, which are obsolete today. In addition to capturing their unique audio, including all crackles and hisses, this saves unique recordings for future generations before the vinyl or shellac disintegrates.
The ‘Great 78 Project‘ received praise from curators, historians, and music fans. However, not all music industry insiders were…