The Library of Congress and Sony Music Entertainment has launched the National Jukebox, a collection of more than 10,000 digitized recordings from the first part of the 20th century. The recordings, which include music, poetry, political speeches and other spoken word recordings, are available to stream online.
Currently, only recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company are available, but later this year, the project will begin digitizing recordings from additional record labels, including Columbia and Okeh, along with selected master recordings from the Library of Congress Universal Music Group Collection.
The University of California, Santa Barbara has worked to create a searchable database of the recordings.
Learn more about this project with The Making of the National Jukebox slideshow, or just sit back and enjoy this 1922 recording of Carolina in the Morning.