Information & Culture: A Journal of History publishes high-quality, peer reviewed articles on the history of information. The journal honors its (45+ year) heritage by continuing to publish in the areas of library, archival, museum, conservation, and information science history. However, the journal's scope has been broadened significantly beyond these areas to include the historical study of any topic that would fall under the purview of any of the modern interdisciplinary schools of information, such as the school in which the journal is edited, the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. In keeping with the spirit of the information schools, the work is human centered and looks at the interactions of people, organizations, and societies with information and technologies. Social and cultural context of information and information technology, viewed from an 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 that have not been made, for example between the research of library historians, historians of computing, labor historians, gender historians, economic historians, business historians, political and diplomatic historians, cultural studies scholars, critical theorists, and science and technology scholars.

Our history

Established in 1966 as The Journal of Library History, it was edited and published at Florida State University until 1976 when its editorship moved to The University of Texas at Austin. In 1988, its title was changed to Libraries & Culture and to Libraries & the Cultural Record in 2006. In 2012 it assumed its present title, Information & Culture: A Journal of History.

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Ciaran B. Trace is an Associate Professor at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Higher Diploma in Archival Studies from University College Dublin and a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of California at Los Angeles. She has taught previously at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Trace’s work explores what constitutes a literate society, and the role that recorded information plays in creating and sustaining literate environments (both personal and professional). Her work has been published in Information and Culture, Archival Science, Archivaria, Archives and Manuscripts, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and the Journal of Documentation. Her work has also appeared in the proceedings of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL), Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL), and the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIST).

Managing Editor

Richard H Thompson holds a PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Southern California. Before joining the masters program in information science at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information, Dr. Thompson studied the interactions between visceral and somatomotor neural circuits that mediate the expression of goal-directed behaviors like feeding and drinking. His current interests center around the use of structured environments to facilitate the organization and management of large datasets with diverse content.

Editorial Fellow

George Royer  is a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin in the School of Information. His areas of interest include archives, digital media, design, games, and the history of information. His research has been published by MIT Press, Springer, and featured in the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. Mr. Royer holds a B.A. in English from Birmingham-Southern College, a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, and an M.S.I.S. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. 

Student Editor, Book Reviews

Lea DeForest is a Masters candidate in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. Her concentration is museum studies with an emphasis on material culture, media literacy, and multicultural communities. Lea is a development professional with the Charles A. Dana Center at UT Austin. She manages communications for Literacy First, a program that teaches economically disadvantaged K-2nd grade students the skills they need to read. Lea holds a BFA in Furniture Design from Main College of Art.


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