Some Great News: Collaborative digitization project with the Jewish Music Institute of London. The DJSA is pleased to announce a collaborative agreement with the Jewish Music Institute (JMI) to digitize some of JMI's exceptional musical collection for on-line access on the DJSA. Based at SOAS, University of London, JMI hosts a library of musical recordings, manuscripts and scores, supports a faculty position in Jewish music, and runs practical training and education programmes. JMI presents conferences, seminars and public performances and provides information to scholars, the media and the public spanning religious and secular Jewish music across regions and down the centuries. For more information on JMI, visit their site at www.jmi.org.uk.
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If you would like to help the project: We are always looking for additional records to add to our archive. We are interested in any kind of recordings (78rpm, cylinders, LPs, tapes) that have relevance to Jewish culture and history. If you would like to donate old records that clutter your basement, email us. We also can use all the help we can get. We are looking for help in adding tracks to the database. If you are at Dartmouth and you are interested, send us a note.
A word to libraries or organizations with record collections that sit unused. We are interested in taking these records off your hands and helping you freeing up shelf space. The recordings will be available again in digital form to users all over the world. If you are in this situation, let us know.
The Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive was established in 2002 as a repository of sound recordings for researchers and students. Please note, it is not a free music download site. If you are not a student at Dartmouth College or at Hebrew College, you will need to register and demonstrate a legitimate scholarly or research purpose. User accounts are good for 6 months and can be renewed if needed. In our site you will find:
You will find here a rich array of recordings, some of them rare, dating back as far as 1904. Our database includes sound files, graphics of record covers and labels, and details of the recordings and their contents.
Among the materials that you can browse and search are:
... and other material that defies classification.
Finding Material: We recommend you try using the Quick Search field on the right panel of any window in this site, it's the easiest way to find tracks. More advanced searching and browsing features are also available in the Search link on the left panel of any window in the DJSA. Additional tips on how to search our archive can be found in the "Search Tips" link on the left panel. Please let us know if you have suggestions on how to improve this site.
Please Note: Material available through the database may be copyrighted and should not be downloaded or reproduced. Please read the copyright page.