Steven G. Anderson

I’m a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of California, Riverside. My research fields are Twentieth-Century United States, Colonial Latin America, Public History and the Digital Humanities. This website is designed as both a complement and a companion to my dissertation, which is in-progress and titled:

“The Digital Imaginary: Mainframe Computers from the Corporate Basement to the Silver Screen, 1946 – 1968”

More information about me can be found on my personal website: steveanderson.digital

The Digital Imaginary website

As a complement to my dissertation, the blog portion of this website acts as a space for sharing ideas with other scholars and the general public about my ongoing research. This website also serves as a companion to my dissertation, with hyperlinks in the printed monograph directing to the visual media on this site. My dissertation includes a variety visual artifacts from the 1950s and 1960s, from printed materials such as magazine advertisements and brochures, to television commercials and feature films. This website enables me to share materials found online and open to the public, as well as portions of movies and other materials under fair use in conjunction with my academic research.


The term Accessibility refers to the inclusiveness, responsiveness, and universal design of web environments. Designing websites with Accessibility in mind means that everyone can access the materials regardless of disability or other difficulties navigating digital space. The WordPress community has done a wonderful job ensuring that WordPress is accessible right out of the box, and using semantically meaningful HTML can make the site even better. The WP Accessibility plugin by Joe Dolson is also installed — the toolbar on the left-hand side of the screen enables adjustments to fontsize, contrast, and grayscale. Please send me an email if there is anything that needs revision or hinders usage.


This website is powered by WordPress and hosted by WP Engine. The typography on the site is served by Adobe Typekit, with Orator Std for headlines and Pragmatica Web for paragraphs and other text. The website theme is Make Plus by the Theme Foundry. I use BBEdit as my HTML editor and Transmit for all things FTP. Very few plugins are used on the site because of WP Engine’s comprehensive services, which include automatic updating, caching, backups, security, and CDN (Content Delivery Network).