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.


Recent Book Reviews from Volume 54 Number 1 (Summer 2019)

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

The Poem Electric: Technology and the Lyric, by Seth Perlow
Reviewed by Tanya Clement

IBM: The Rise and Fall and Reinvention of a Global Icon by James Cortada 
Reviewed by Jillian Foley

The Robotic Imaginary: The Human and the Price of Dehumanized Labor by Jennifer Rhee 
Reviewed by Leah Horgan

The Politics of Mass Digitization by Nanna Bonde Thylstrup 
Reviewed by Marc Kosiciejew

Raymond Klibansky and the Warburg Library Network: Intellectual Peregrinations from Hamburg to London and Montreal
Reviewed by David Levy 

Power Button: A History of Pleasure, Panic, and the Politics of Pushing by Rachel Plotnick
Reviewed by Hannes Mandel

The Scientific Journal: Authorship and the Politics of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century by Alex Csiszar
Reviewed by Jon Tennant

Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music by Maria Eriksson, Rasmus Fleischer, Anna Johansson, Pelle Snickars and Patrick Vonderau
Reviewed by Nick Seaver

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez
Reviewed by Christine T. Wolf


New Issue: Volume 54 Number 2 (Summer 2019)

Making Messages Private: The Formation of Postal Privacy and Its Relevance for Digital Surveillance

Efrat Nechushtai
p. 133-158

Archival Automation in the United Kingdom and the Relationship between Standardization and Computerization 

Jenny Bunn
p. 159-178

Information in an Industrial Culture: Walter A. Shewhart and the Evolution of the Control Chart, 1917 - 1954

Phillip G. Bradford and Paul J. Miranti
p. 179-219

Innovation in Search of a Context: The Early History of Lexis

Xiaohua Zhu
p. 220-242


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

Book Reviews, Summer 2018

Read our latest book review of: The Intellectual Properties of Learning, by John Willinsky, reviewed by Jesse Erickson.


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