Information & Culture: A Journal of History is an academic journal printed three times a year by the University of Texas Press. It publishes high-quality, peer reviewed articles on topics related to the history of information. In keeping with the spirit of information studies, the work is human centered and explores the interactions of people, organizations, and societies with information and technologies. Social and cultural context of information and information technology, viewed from a historical perspective, is at the heart of the journal's interests.

Typical papers might focus, among other topics, on the histories of information institutions, academic domains, professions, work, and societies. The intention is to juxtapose papers on a wide variety of topics related to the history of information so as to stimulate connections between historical research in library and information science, computing, labor, gender studies, economics, business, politics and diplomatics, cultural studies, print culture, and science and technology studies.


New Issue: Volume 54 Number 1 : Special Issue

Editor's Note: Curated Issue of Information & CultureA Journal of History

by Ciaran Trace

Revisiting Archival History & The Failure or Future of American Archival History: A Somewhat Unorthodox View

by Richard J. Cox

Back to the Future of Library History & Alternative Futures for Library History

by Jonathan Rose

Still Breathing: History in Education for Librarianship & History in the Library and Information Science Curriculum: Outline of a Debate

by Christine Pawley

Information History: Searching for Identity & The History of Information Science and Other Traditional Information Domains: Models for Future Research

by William Aspray

Revisiting "Shaping Information History as an Intellectual Discipline" & Shaping Information History as an Intellectual Discipline

by James W. Cortada

Book Reviews Winter 2019

We are pleased to announce the following recently published book reviews:

Making IT Work: A History of the Computer Services Industry by Jeffrey R. Yost
Reviewed by Sarah A. Bell

Weaving the Dark Web: Legitimacy on Freenet, Tor, and I2P, by Robert Gehl
Reviewed by Elinor Carmi

My Life as a Spy: Investigations in a Secret Police File by Katherine Verdery
Reviewed by Kalpana Shankar

Book Reviews Fall 2018

Read our most recent book reviews of the following titles: 

Open Space: The Global Effort for Open Access to Environmental Satellite Data by Mariel Borowitz
Reviewed by Robert Montoya

The Librarians of Congress by Christian A. Nappo
Reviewed by William F. Meehan III

Special Double Issue: Volume 53, Number 3 & 4 (October/November 2018)

See the abstracts for the latest articles published in Information & Culture

Bourgeois Specialists and Red Professionals in 1920s Soviet Archival Development by Kelly A. Kolar

The Weather Privateers: Meteorology and Commercial Satellite Data by Gemma Cirac-Claveras

Parallel Expansions: The Role of Information during the Formative Years of the English East India Company (1600 - 1623) by Gabor Szommer

Codebooks for the Mind: Dictionary Index Reforms in Republican China, 1912–1937 by Ulug Kuzouglu

A Note from Senior Book Review Editor Amelia Acker, and the following Book Reviews: 

Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing by Marie Hicks 

Atari Age: The Emergence of Video Games in America by Michael Z. Newman

The Economization of Life by Michelle Murphy

A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Jimmy Soni, Rob Goodman

The Intellectual Properties of Learning: A Prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke by John Willinsky


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