About the Journal

A unique historical perspective

Libraries & the Cultural Record, in its 45th year of publication, is the only journal devoted exclusively to the broad history of collections of knowledge that form the cultural record. Its articles explore the creation, organization, preservation, and utilization of those collections in libraries, archives, and museums in the context of cultural and social history, unlimited as to time and place.

Commitment to excellence

The peer-reviewed quarterly journal publishes historical research from scholars worldwide, along with thoughtful essays and book reviews. Libraries & the Cultural Record currently accepts approximately 50 percent of manuscripts submitted for publication. In a 2005 survey of LIS deans, who were asked which publications are considered important for tenure decisions, the journal was ranked number 11 out of 71 journals in the field.

Libraries & the Cultural Record is published by University of Texas Press and is affiliated with the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. It is a valuable resource for:

  • library science and librarianship,
  • archival and records enterprise,
  • preservation/conservation of information,
  • museum studies,
  • information science, and
  • historians interested in a fresh perspective on cultural, social, and intellectual history.

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; it assumed its present title in 2006.