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

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President's Welcome

President’s Welcome

Welcome to the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG)! Our organization was founded in 1979 to serve the needs of the growing field of professional federal historians. Specifically, our purpose is to encourage, promote, and foster historical, archival, [...]

Member Services


Federal History Work

Agency History

On return to Earth, were the Apollo 11 astronauts required to complete a customs declaration form?

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Policy History

We need a new “operational paradigm” to incorporate the value of historical work.

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Discussions with federal historians, archivists, curators, and others

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Documenting and Preserving the History of the Bracero Program

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Oral History

Invaluable testimonies in collection of Social Security Administration

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Digital History

The Rosenburg Diary is now scanned and accessible online.

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Released documents on the CIA’s secret distribution of Doctor Zhivago during the Cold War.

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Archives/Electronic Records

Civil Rights, Department of Justice (DOJ) Litigation Case Files, 1936–1997

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By Laura J. Sweeney

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Military History

Fifteen years after the first efforts to preserve some of the Manhattan Project properties at Los Alamos, New Mexico, in 1999, Congress enacted the

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Historical Interpretation

Historic built landscapes do in fact have a lasting relationship with today’s Wilderness areas.

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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