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Journal of the Society for History in the Federal Government

Current Edition

Federal History

Federal History is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published annually online and in print by the Society for History in the Federal Government in Washington, DC. The journal promotes scholarship on all aspects of the history and operations of the federal government, and of critical historical interactions between American society and the U.S. government, including the U.S. military, 1776 to the present. It also publishes articles investigating contemporary issues and challenges in federal history work, including the fields of history, archival science, historic preservation, public history, museum studies, web–based history, memory studies, and other related areas. The journal highlights studies by historians working in or for federal agencies as well as independent scholars, many of which originate as presentations at the Society’s annual conference in the Washington, DC, area.

Issues are published in April and then posted online with full access, with print copies sent to members. 

The journal was begun in 2009, and all issues are available for download at


Please click here for information on article submissions. 


Benjamin Guterman, National Archives and Records Administration (retired)

Senior Assistant Editor

Judson MacLaury, Department of Labor (retired)

Assistant Editor

Lisa K. Parshall, Daemen University

Board of Editors

Bill Barry, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (retired)

Winston Bowman, Federal Judicial Center

Sean T. Byrnes, Western Governors University

John Dinan, Wake Forest University

Todd Estes, Oakland University

Wyatt Evans, Drew University

Christian G. Fritz, University of New Mexico School of Law

Bradley D. Hays, Union College

Daniel S. Holt, United States Senate Historical Office

Laura Kolar, Department of State

Lawrence Peskin, Morgan State University

Paul J. Polgar, University of Mississippi

Alexander O. Poster, Department of State

Stephen J. Rockwell, St. Joseph’s University, New York

Simone Selva, University of Naples L'Orientale

John A. Tokar, National Security Agency, Center for Cryptologic History

David E. Wilkins, University of Richmond


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