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Internet Archive

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. It includes the Wayback Machine and hundreds of collections of categories of sites and media. All items are free to download, view or listen to.

The Wayback machine captures websites and stores the images. For example, it has 142 images of Steveshank.com covering 20 years! It shows 3 major re-designs and many smaller design changes.

But much cooler are the hundreds of collections comprising 333 Billion items as of July 1, 2018. You can download and play these on your own computer, or your phone. For example, you can download some old time radio episodes and play them on your phone during your next automobile trip.

My personal top collections among the hundreds:
  • Community Audio: 2.7 million items which can be searched and filtered. For example, searching for spiders I got 460 items. Searching for Bach found 167 separate items.
  • Community Video has 879,911 items. These include every kind of video imaginable.
  • Live music has 186,688 items. A search of that collection for grateful dead found 6,774 results including many live concerts.
  • American libraries has 2,740,860 items from perhaps 60 libraries
  • LibriVox is a free audio book collection of 11,917 titles.
  • Community Spirituality and Religion (103,990 items)
  • Grateful Dead (11,466 items)
  • Television Archive 1,562,611
  • Old time radio (2,529 items) including 122 X Minus One episodes, 344 Dragnet episodes, 449 episodes of The Whistler, 4o episodes of The Six Shooter read by James Stewart and 11 episodes of Mr. and Mrs. Blindings staring Cary Grant and Betsy Drake.
  • SciFi / Horror (474 items) including the 1910 Movie Frankenstein from Edison Studios which was started by Edison himself, as well as classics like "Night of the living dead", Ed Wood's "Plan 9 from Outer Space" and "House on Haunted Hill", and Roger Corman's original "The Little Shop of Horrors" staring a really young Jack Nicholson.
  • Software Library has 69,157 items in 71 sub-collections. You can actually play old DOS games online or download them.
  • Project Gutenberg: 43,531 items
  • NASA has 200,583 items including 103 separate collections. Lots of video, photos and audio.
  • Classic TV: 4,268 shows, including Red Skelton, Burke's Law, Bonanza and Beverly Hillbillies.
  • Television Archive: Lots of current news items from major networks.

If there is something you'd like to see, search directly for it. Searches on actors or titles can yield great results. For example, sticking in "Topper tv show" I found several episodes of the old TV show. I also found the full movie: Topper Returns from 1941 with Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis and Billie Burke. There were lots of Burns and Allen episodes as well.

Switching gears, I entered John Stuart Mill in the search and got 3 collections, 1,074 texts, 103 videos, 60 audio, 8 web pages and more. Many of the audio options included multiple options for downloading and playing later. I narrowed it down and entered John Stuart Mill on Liberty in the search. I got 146 texts, 3 videos, and 8 audio recordings.

This archive provides a wealth of information on everything from deep philosophy and spiritual thought, to silly old TV comedies and everything in between.

Date: July 2018

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