Historians, Supercomputing, and the U.S. Manuscript Census

Vernon Burton, Terence Finnegan

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Though the supercomputing revolution has yet to have a significant impact on the humanities, it promises to do so in the near future. Technological improvements now make it possible to convert old records, such as U.S. manuscript census returns, to machine-readable form. This will allow historians and other social scientists to develop a better understanding of our nation's past. The use of supercomputers to further humanistic research will help reintegrate the scientific and humanistic communities, which will be a significant accomplishment in its own right. Hopefully the general public will also be able to participate in the supercomputmg revolution through humanistic endeavors like the U.S. census database project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Science Computer Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • database
  • history supercomputmg
  • manuscript census
  • optical scanning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Law


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