History of Recorded Information: Spring 2009


Philip B. Eppard


University at Albany


Spring 2009


An introduction to the history of how human beings have created, maintained, and preserved information for personal, official, and cultural purposes. Topics will include the development of writing, recordkeeping, and libraries; the emergence of printing and the history of the book; the evolution of recordkeeping by organizations, government, and individuals; and the impact of different technologies on the development of print and digital culture.

Required Textbook:

Finkelstein, D. McCleery, A. 2006. The Book History Reader, 2nd ed.
Levy, D. M. 2001. Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age.

Link to Syllabus:


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