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

Hewlett Lecture 2015

Oct. 22 -- Register Now!

President's Welcome

President’s Welcome

Welcome to the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG)! This is the 36th year of the Society’s continuing mission as a professional organization devoted to advancing the unique interests of federal historians and other professionals. Since 1979, the SHFG [...]

Member Services


Federal History Work

Policy History

Historians can add critical skills and insights to policy making

- comments -


Discussions with federal historians, archivists, curators, and others

- comments -


Exhibit on the garment industry in Kansas City

- comments -

Oral History

Invaluable testimonies in collection of Social Security Administration

- comments -

Digital History

The Rosenburg Diary is now scanned and accessible online.

- comments -


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

- comments -

Archives/Electronic Records

Campaign for National Archives Independence, 1985

- comments -


By Laura J. Sweeney

- comments -

Military History

Tracking critical, dangerous missions

- comments -

Historical Interpretation

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

- comments -

Medicine – Science

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

- comments -


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

- comments -



The Federalist

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

Read the Federalist
Federal History Journal

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

Read the Journal

Recent Publications