Bringing together government professionals, academics, consultants, students, and citizens interested in understanding federal history work and the historical development of the federal government.

President's Welcome

President’s Welcome

Welcome to the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG)! This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Society’s founding as the only professional organization devoted to advancing the unique interests of federal historians and other professionals. Since [...]

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Federal History Work

Diplomatic History

Documenting the Role of U.S. Diplomats in France, 1914

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Improved standards after the Enola Gay controversy.

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Oral History

USDA forum celebrating 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

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Digital History

The Rosenburg Diary is now scanned and accessible online.

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Civil Rights Litigation Case Files, Department of Justice, 1936–1997, now accessioned

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Archives/Electronic Records

Records of Puerto Rico at NYC Archives

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By Laura J. Sweeney

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Military History

Tracking critical, dangerous missions

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Historical Interpretation

NPS's conference, “Co-Creating Narratives in Public Spaces,” was remarkable for both the breadth of its coverage and its candid conversations.

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Medicine – Science

Using ships’ data to understand weather’s impact on human societies.

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eBook available on James Madison’s leadership role in creating the Bill of Rights

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The Federalist

The Second Series of the newsletter commenced with the Spring 2004 issue, and is sent quarterly to Society members.

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Federal History Journal

Federal History, an open-access, online scholarly journal with articles on the history of the federal government.

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Recent Publications