Historians in the Federal Government

Donald A. Ritchie

in The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790562
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896820 | DOI:
Historians in the Federal Government

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Employees of the federal government have been doing historical work since 1861 and have facilitated historical work in countless ways. This chapter discusses how academic historians have dominated the Mississippi Valley Historical Association / the Organization of American Historians (OAH) over nearly its entire lifetime. The marginalization of federal historians for many years led to the formation in 1979 of the Society for History in the Federal Government. The OAH soon began to better accommodate these historians, and at the end of its first century chose one of them to serve as its president.

Keywords: federal employees; federal historians; American history; Organization of American Historians; Society for History in the Federal Government

Chapter.  4826 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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