Save our sounds

Save Our Sounds, America's Recorded Sound Heritage Project is raising funds to match a Congressional grant to preserve over 140,000 original audio recordings. "These original recordings are on old wax cylinders, decaying wire, decomposing acetate, and deteriorating audio tape…The Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress are preserving important collections of historical recordings of spoken word and music, from Woody Guthrie's 'This Land Is Your Land' to Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech, from American Indian recordings of the 1890s to the oral histories of ex-slaves recorded in the 1930s." The project aims to put the recordings online once copies have been made. [via The Boston Globe]