Race and Computing: The Problem of Sources, the Potential of Prosopography, and the Lesson of Ebony Magazine

  title={Race and Computing: The Problem of Sources, the Potential of Prosopography, and the Lesson of Ebony Magazine},
  author={R. Arvid Nelsen},
  journal={IEEE Annals of the History of Computing},
  • R. Nelsen
  • Published 1 April 2017
  • History
  • IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Historians recognize the need to examine race and technology, but published scholarship has not kept pace. This has been attributed to the absence of archival source materials. In response, scholars have approached "race" from a broad definition, rather than having sought to place persons of color who contributed to the development and innovative application of computing into the historical record. It remains critical to do so. Archives and libraries should undertake to identify and collect… 

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