New website features!
Here at DJSA, we have been busy for the last few months improving the website. Users have asked about playing tracks on portable devices such as iPhones or Androids. This capability has now been implemented and tested. This being a new feature, we ask that you let us know if it does not work properly on your device. Note also that depending on the device or browser you use QuickTime streaming may not be supported. For those situations we implemented an alternative player based on the audio streaming capabilities of HTML5.
By popular request, a playlist feature has been added to the website. You can add to the playlist any number of tracks. If you always use the same computer and browser, the list will persist as long as you don't delete your cookies. Otherwise, playlist can be saved as text files on your computer and distributed. They can then be imported at a later date into another computer or browser. This provides a way to backup the playlist, and if the need arises, users can just share the exported file to share their playlist.
Apart from the addition of these major features, we have made several smaller improvements to the site (like listing recent additions in the Browse page). In case of problems, please refer to the help page, and if your issue is not addressed in the pages there, please feel free to contact us. Comments/suggestions regarding other aspects of the site are welcome too.
Having trouble? We strongly suggest ensuring that your Web browser is up-to-date and standards-compliant. Older versions of browsers, especially Internet Explorer, may handle site content incorrectly, as well as possessing security flaws. The DJSA recommends Google Chrome. If your browser is up-to-date and you are still having difficulty, please let us know. Note Also: Depending on the speed of your network connection, and on the length of a track, it may take some time for it to load and start playing.
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.