Help Save Canada's Music History

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Help Save Canada's Music History

From Maureen McKee

I am an avid record collector now turned preserver and archivist of early Canadian/American 78 RPM Records also known as shellac records or 78s for short.

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I started collecting 78s as a hobby six years ago but about four years ago I watched a documentary by a collector named Joe Bussard that changed my outlook on collecting forever. You can find out about Joe and his documentary "Desperate Man Blues" online. I am now on a mission to help save Canada’s Music, what does this mean you ask? Recently CBC Radio Canada announced its intention to dump 40,000 78s among thousands of other titles in various formats, Vinyl LP’s, 45’s and CD’s due to downsizing, luckily they decided to keep them. Most secondhand stores I have contacted recycle 78s and only sell the Vinyl, the problem with this is that every day we are possibly losing valuable recordings of which some have never made the transition to Vinyl or other formats, it’s only on these 78s and nowhere else therefore once this music is gone, it’s gone forever. We cannot re-write history so we need to do our best to preserve this early historic music and keep it from disappearing. I am trying to create an archive of early Canadian/American recordings and transfer as much of it as I can in my lifetime to a digital format for future generations, not just to enjoy but to know where this music came from and the history behind our music. I am devoting my time and efforts as a public service but the cost of the equipment and maintenance of the archive comes with a cost and I need your help to make this mission a reality. The Funds will be used for equipment needed to clean, transfer, catalog and archive historic recordings. Please help anyway you can, we cannot afford to lose these valuable recordings from our history

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