Here’s how the Internet Archive digitizes 78rpm records

Close up of a record player stylus sitting on a record.
Image: The Verge

The Internet Archive, in partnership with George Blood LP, has been working since 2016 to digitize thousands of 78rpm records, some of which were made in the early 1900s. Over 250,000 records have been preserved, and the archive posted a Twitter thread yesterday detailing how each record is cleaned and filed away.

Each record is cleaned on a machine that sprays distilled water onto its surface. A little vacuum…

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Author: Kait Sanchez