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Charles Babbage Institute: Computing, Information & Culture

The Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) for Computing, Information and Culture is a research center within the Program in History of Science, Technology and Medicine and an archives associated with UMN Libraries that advances information technology (IT) history by collecting/curating archives and books, and facilitating and conducting research. Our unparalleled collections—from personal papers of top scientists and institutional records of corporations, and professional and trade organizations to materials on social issues—span the globe. CBI’s research—many scholarly books and articles as well as public history—focuses on IT and gender, political economy, business/industry, computer science, AI, security and privacy, regional advantage, users/HCI, and historiography. CBI also has a top oral history program and conducts sponsored projects for NSF, DOE, Sloan, NHPRC, DARPA, ACM, NEH, and others.

Along with its Advisory Board, CBI is led by Director Jeffrey Yost, a Research Professor in HSTM, Archivist and Curator Amanda Wick (UL) who heads CBIA, and Admin Melissa Dargay, They team with an incredibly distinguished group of Senior Research Fellows, Tomash and other doctoral fellows, and a network of top academic collaborators globally.

For more, visit the CBI website.