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Federal Historians’ Categories of Activities

The many duties of historians and others producing historical work in federal agencies.

  1. Publishing agency histories
  2. Responding to inquiries
  3. Conducting oral histories
  4. Writing reports
  5. Supporting public affairs activities
  6. Administering contract history
  7. Administering museums
  8. Researching and writing museum scripts
  9. Editing documents
  10. Developing cultural interpretations
  11. Cultural resources management
  12. Preserving historical materials
  13. Assembling documentary editions

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The following documents are related to the work of SHFG and its members:

Article of interest: What Do Federal Historians Do? by Victoria A. Harden, past President of SHFG (published in the AHA Perspectives, Public History column, May 1999)

SHFG document: Historical Programs in the Federal Government, 1992

SHFG Executive Council: Standards for Museum Exhibits, 1997


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