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The Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) was founded in 1979 in Washington, DC, to advance the unique interests of  federal historians and provide a body through which they could  address common concerns, support shared interests, and stimulate discussion. Members were made up of a wide range of professionals who worked to produce both narrative historical work and public history projects.  Few histories have been written of SHFG, but this page will steadily compile links to available texts.

Dennis Roth’s The First Decade of the Society for History in the Federal Government was commissioned in 1988 as the centerpiece of a proposed issue of The Public Historian (the quarterly journal of the National Council of Public History) on history in the Federal Government. It was based on 25 interviews that he conducted with individuals involved in the creation and early years of the Society, as well as the Society’s archives. It ultimately was not accepted for publication, but provides invaluable documentation of the founding and growth of the SHFG that is not available elsewhere.If you have comments on or suggestions about the Roth history, write to A more extensive account of the background to the Roth history will appear in the fall 2011 issue of The Federalist, (Second Series, No. 31).

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