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See the list below for the offices featured and the Federalist issues.

Each profile discusses the work and responsibilities of the office and provides contact information and web sites for additional information.

Also, see our Directory of Federal Historical Programs for additional history offices.

PROFILES and Federalist Issues

Operations at Watervliet: The Oldest, Continuously Operating Arsenal in the United States
Spring 2017, Issue No. 53

Just as America had its greatest generation during World War II, so did the Arsenal. Just prior to America entering the Great War, the Arsenal had fewer than 1,000 workers. By 1943, the workforce exploded to about 9,300, with more than 3,000 of those being women. From the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor to the landing at Normandy, the Arsenal manufactured and shipped more than 23,000 cannons with an on-time delivery rate exceeding 99 percent.

National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) Museum
Winter 2016, Issue No. 52

Since its beginning in 1901, NIST’s predecessor the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) was tasked with creating, maintaining, and disseminating U.S. measurement standards. Prototype artifacts, like those which defined units of length and mass, were held by NBS, to be seen and handled by only a handful of scientists and VIPs. The crown jewels of America’s measurement scientists were kept under lock and key in a vault on the NBS campus in Washington, DC.

460th Space Wing (SW) at Buckley AFB, Colorado
Fall 2016, Issue No. 51

Air Force historians are charged with the core responsibility of documenting and sustaining the heritage of their organizations. In doing so, we enhance the understanding of our past for our organizations and the general public, while providing current commanders with historical information that broadens their ability to make decisions that affect today’s missions. The historian’s office is thus an important “force multiplier.”

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation History Program
Summer 2016, Issue No. 50

“The oral history program is the largest activity undertaken by the History Program. Its goal is to preserve information about Reclamation that would not appear in Reclamation’s official records. Since 1988, over 200 interviews have been conducted, comprising primarily of discussions taken from a broad range of Reclamation employees. Many of these interviews occurred while the Bureau of Reclamation was transferring into its water management phase, giving unique perspectives into this transformation of the agency mission. Included in these interviews are oral histories by seven former Commissioners of the Bureau of Reclamation.”

Federal Judicial History Office
Spring 2016, Issue No. 49

“This spring, the Federal Judicial History Office at the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) will convene a group of accomplished historians and legal scholars to assess the related fields of legal and judicial history and to explore new avenues for further research. The ideas shared at the conference will be disseminated more widely through an edited volume that will follow. Organized by Clara Altman, who became director of the History Office in 2015, the conference represents a new initiative designed to break down barriers between public and academic history and to increase the office’s engagement with the scholarly community.”

U.S. Army Women’s Museum, Fort Lee, VA
Winter 2015–16

“Education is the cornerstone of all facets of work at the USAWM, and one of the primary missions of the Museum is to serve as an educational institution, providing military history training and instruction to Soldiers, veterans, and the civilian community.”

Arlington National Cemetery History Office
Fall 2015

“Working at the nation’s premiere national cemetery is an honor for members of the history office. The task of maintaining the over 150-year institutional knowledge of the cemetery and of the over 400,000 individuals interred here is a daunting task but a tremendously rewarding one.”

The United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission   Summer 2015

“Agency emphasis is on flood control projects along the Rio Grande and Colorado rivers and irrigation projects, since we are a binational agency. However, we work jointly with Mexico on many sanitation projects predominantly in Arizona, Texas, and California.”

The Center for Legislative Archives    Spring 2015

“The total volume of records grows by approximately 8–10 million pages per Congress, with nearly all of the increase attributable to new accessions of Senate and House records. In addition to preserving and making publicly available the records of the Senate and House of Representatives, the Center is also responsible for preserving and making publicly available records of congressionally created commissions such as the 9/11 Commission and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.”

NASA History Program Office   Winter 2014–15

U.S. Customs and Border Protection   Fall 2014

NARA’s Electronic Records Custodial Program   Summer 2014

Air Force Historical Research Agency — Spring 2014

U.S. Navy’s Ship Model Program — Winter 2013-14

U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office —  Fall 2013

Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Historical Office — Summer 2013

Marine Corps History Division — Spring 2013

Smithsonian Institution History Division —  Winter 2012–2013

FBI History Program —  Fall 2012

Combat Studies Institute —  Summer 2012

Naval History and Heritage Command — Spring 2012

Dept. of State, Office of the Historian —  Winter 2011–2012

Social Security Administration —  Fall 2011

U.S. Food and Drug Administration —  Summer 2011

National Security Agency —  Spring 2011

National Science Foundation —  Winter 2010–2011

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