After three years, the program continues, under the direction of Journalism Associate Professor Robert Darden.
Since 2010, Baylor University hired a full-time audio engineer for the program. A generous donation made a listening room possible with state-of-the-art headphones.
Darden encourages people from across the country to send albums to Baylor so the program can clean, categorize and digitize the music. Darden said the Black Gospel Restoration Project is now the largest repository of rare and otherwise lost gospel vinyl arriving daily.
Also, iTunesU has made 16 songs available for a free download.
"If we lose this music, it's a sin," said Darden. "Future generations will never forgive us for losing this legacy."
The mailing address:
Black Gospel Music Restoration Project
ATTN: Denyse Rodgers
Baylor University Libraries
1312 S 3rd Street
Waco, TX 76706