Revising SHOT’s “Classic Works in the History of Technology” list

A volunteer group of SHOT members is gathering ideas for a revised “Classic Works in the History of Technology” page on the society’s website. During this time of increased awareness of racism and white supremacy in historical scholarship, our group has gathered to address major gaps in the history of technology and related fields. The goal is to reorient notions of what counts as a "classic" to encompass texts that are anti-racist, anti-colonial, and inclusive in sentiment expressly.

We aim to create a list of sources across geographies, time periods, and sub-disciplines that will help graduate students in the history of technology prepare for doctoral exams. We are reaching out to solicit recommendations for this list. If you have suggestions for sources that you would recommend to a graduate student preparing for exams in your field, please fill out this form:

and limit the list to five sources. Alternatively, you can e-mail your ideas to our group at

Please enter your top five sources in the form by September 16. If the book or article title is not in English, please provide an English translation in square brackets after the non-English title.

We will compile a list of sources after receiving everyone’s suggestions. We aim to add this new page to the SHOT website around the time of the annual meeting. We are considering more inclusive contributions to future bibliographies on the SHOT website as well.

Thanks in advance for contributing and helping the next generation of scholars.

The message is posted on behalf of

Anna Åberg, Chalmers University of Technology
Donna J. Drucker, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Charnell Chasten Long, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Alana Staiti, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian
Bess Williamson, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Geoff Zylstra, New York City College of Technology

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