The Internet Archive (archive.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.

Founded in 1996, the Internet Archive has an historical web collection (the Wayback Machine) of over 150 billion web pages, about 240,000 movies, over 500,000 audio items (including over 70,000 live concerts), over 1,800,000 texts, 1600 education items, and over 30,000 software items. And we’re growing bigger every day!

The Internet Archive’s Collections Team started this blog to highlight new collections and interesting items. We hope you enjoy it!

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  1. Berry Kessinger says:

    I have recorded & restored thousands of 78s from the 1920s & early 1930a, mostly the mainstream jazz of that era. Most are from 78 collections I have bought & sold, and others are from files shared with me by others. Ihave spent thousands of hours on this over the past 5 years. I have more than 4,000 songs on more than 150 CDs, and an alphabetized catelog (by artist). I would be happy to share them with you, if you are interested. Please advise.

  2. Walden says:

    Please provide a full-content RSS/Atom feed, so I and others can read the whole post in a feed reader of our own choice.

    The same goes for the main feeds (which are also missing timestamps!):

    Thanks for all your Free Culture work!

  3. Thank you for the archive regarding my website. For a brief moment, I was able to view the website. It made my day! After moving, I lost the original copy of the website, and have been unable to reconnect with the site webmaster. Is there any way to restore the site? Could not view videos. How can I learn more about the work yhat you are doing? What a much needed service!

    Debra Lee Kristian- Fader

  4. Steve Brooks says:

    Thanks to all the contributors and enthusiasts to this invaluable web-site. Keep up the good work.

    For 2 years I’ve been searching for the Hoffman Soda radio commercial [jingle] from the 1960’s -“the prettiest girl I ever saw was drinking Hoffman’s through a straw.”
    If anybody has it or knows where I can find it please let me know.

  5. John Dunn says:

    I have noticed major search sorting problems lately, missing audio files and now no search results whatsoever. Is there a way to posting a note on the head of all pages telling us the issues and the progress being made?


    John Dunn

  6. peter says:

    Dear Sir / Madam

    I have listed the website https://internetarchive.wordpress.com/ on the directory http://www.photographiclibraries.com/ under the categories Blogs – Community Marketplace,
    hope that this is acceptable ? if not then please contact me and I will remove the listing.



  7. Phineas says:

    I have shared Steve Brooks’ desire to track down the Hoffman’s jingle. My wife says it was from an old song she knew, in which the prettiest girl was sipping cider, not a Hoffman’s soda. And the Web seems to confirm that, with many entries referring to cider. I guess that the Hoffman folks modified it to suit their commericial needs.

  8. Bob Heising says:

    I need help in locating a news clip from the archives. The title is “Knife Throwing Mother 1950s” All I have found out is that it was found at archives.org but I have been unable to locate the clip. My wife is one of the people in the clip and would like to get copy for family. The clip was actually filmed on ar about 1946. Any help would be appreciated and treasured.

  9. PJ Boe says:

    To Berry Kessinger; yes, PLEASE post your collection! I am
    not affiliated in any way with internet archive, but I think
    the uploading process is fairly straight forward. There are
    instructions somewhere on the site. Sounds like you have
    some real classics and it’s very kind of you to be willing
    to share them.


  10. Melissa Martin says:

    I am very excited to peruse your collection. I was also wondering if you ever take volunteers. I am hoping to enter the Master’s in Library Science program at SJSU, and would like to gain experience in archiving. I haven’t had an opportunity to work in a Library since high school! I used to bind books there, and shelve using the Dewey decimel system. I would love to get up-to-date, and help you with your collection!
    Thank you for your time and suggestions.

  11. Tom Holahan says:

    Hi. Just want to let you know about a situation that I’ve observed. When I access your home page, the first thing I do is click on the “Most Recently Added Items.” Since I download a lot of your movies, this feature allows me to keep abreast of any new items. However, I’ve noticed that some of the new items don’t appear at the top of the list. Frequenrly, they are added on subsequent pages, which makes it more difficult to find them. Just thought you’d like to know. Also, I really appreciate your website. It has given me access to films I never knew existed. Keep them coming! Thanks.

  12. Kris says:

    Is there anyway to download only 1 song from a playlist (ie http://www.archive.org/details/AmericanStandardOrchestra-01-10)

  13. James says:


    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. You can see a sample of my work at LaptopComputers.org under the author James Mowery. I’ve also written for several high-profile blogs like Mashable, Perfromancing, and CMSWire. Thank you for your time.

    – James

  14. Raja Naveed Sarwar says:

    Good website, in fact a hoard of knowledge. Thanks for sharing nice and valuable collection I have ever seen.

  15. zard243 says:

    As a filmmaker, I find your Netlabels section invaluable. In my short film “Showerdrops” [ http://vimeo.com/13146576 ] I used some music by a Ukrainian artist found in your collection. The Netlabels section is one of the BEST online music resources around. The feature films section is invaluable for finding films to burn to DVD to watch with my family. The Texts section is nice for finding obscure books (Also, great work on OpenLibrary)… All of IA is absolutely a Godsend for me. Thank you ever so much, words can’t adequately express my utter gratitude.

  16. PJB says:

    Hi…..where can I find these 78s you have posted? Do you have a url
    you can share..?

    Many thanks,

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