This project is an online resource for scholars interested in the history of communication research. The idea is to help incubate research on the field’s history, in line with established subfields in the histories of sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology, and economics. The Project currently hosts a bibliography and archive database. Both the bibliography and archive database are fully searchable, tagged, and frequently updated.
Plans are underway for an oral history initiative to document the remembered histories of leading figures in the field. Digitized interviews and transcripts will be made available to students and researchers here on the PHCR website. PHCR and its scholar-collaborators are currently seeking foundation and grant support for the initiative.
Ultimately PHCR seeks to establish a dedicated archives for the history of communication research, in cooperation with a resaerch library and designed to accept, organize, preserve and digitize scholars’ and institutions’ papers. The archives, once established, will be made freely available to anyone with an internet connection.
The PHCR director is Jeff Pooley, associate professor of media and communication at Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, PA.