The Filing Cabinet: A Vertical History of Information

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University of Minnesota Press
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5.9 X 9.0 X 0.9 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Craig Robertson is associate professor of media studies at Northeastern University and author of The Passport in America: The History of a Document.


"How we store information reflects the aspirations we have about what to remember. Taking this idea to heart, Craig Robertson's essential history of the filing cabinet is the definitive account of verticality and efficiency as guiding principles for corporate capitalism."--Melissa Gregg, senior principal engineer, Client Computing Group, Intel

"Craig Robertson's book offers a fascinating account of how the humble file cabinet and the associated practice of filing shaped the emergence of modern conceptions of information. These influences continue to reverberate--from the organization of our computer desktops to our assumptions about 'information' as a discrete entity that can be stored, manipulated, and retrieved. A significant contribution to media studies and information studies."--Jennifer S. Light, Massachusetts Institute of Technology*

"In this fascinating history, Craig Robertson shows how a seemingly mundane thing was central to the rise of modern bureaucracies, information society, and the gendered relations of office labor. Wonderfully researched and full of surprises, The Filing Cabinet explores an object and a system that orchestrated new ways of knowing, remembering, and experiencing the world."--Lynn Spigel, Northwestern University