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Internet Resources: The Joy of the National Jukebox- a National Treasure

July 27, 2011 , , , , , , , , ,

In my surfing, I rediscovered one of the best, and most recent, additions to the wonders of the internet: The National Jukebox!

According to their website:

“The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives. Recordings in the Jukebox were issued on record labels now owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which has granted the Library of Congress a gratis license to stream acoustical recordings.

At launch, the Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Jukebox content will be increased regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh, and others.”

The library is available for searching. However, curated playlists abound and are regularly updated! Here is a link to a current playlist: Ragtime

You can subscribe to site updates via RSS-feeds. The site is easy to navigate and cross-referenced. An excellent and awe-inspiring resource!


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