The Judaica Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University Libraries began as the Judaica Music Rescue Project in 2002, but eventually grew into a repository of all kinds of sound recordings.
The idea was to start with the few hundred Cantorial sound recordings already at FAU Libraries and to use modern technology to help preserve this valuable, yet endangered cultural heritage. The Judaica Music Rescue Project encouraged collectors around the world to donate their recordings of Judaic music and Jewish performers to FAU Libraries. The response was amazing. Soon FAU became a central repository where thousands of recordings were being collected and organized into a unique cultural and music resource. The small cultural preservation project officially became the Judaica Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University in January 2005. Since then the library has expanded to digitize all types of sound recordings, but continues to carry a vast Judaica collection.