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Federal History — January 2013

Federal History is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published annually online and in print by the Society for History in the Federal Government in Washington, DC. The journal promotes scholarship on all aspects of the history and operations of the federal government, and of critical historical interactions between American society and the U.S. government, including the U.S. military, 1776 to the present. It also publishes articles investigating contemporary issues and challenges in federal history work, including the fields of history, archival science, historic preservation, public history, museum studies, web–based history, memory studies, and other related areas. The journal highlights studies by historians working in or for federal agencies as well as independent scholars, many of which originate as presentations at the Society’s annual conference in the Washington, DC, area.

Issues are published in April and then posted online with full access, with print copies sent to members. The journal was begun in 2009, and all issues are available for download at

The Society was established in 1979, and its members include historians and public historians, archivists, curators, administrators, editors, educators, librarians, and others working in the federal history community in both the Washington, DC, area and nationwide, as well as nonfederal historians. The history offices represented in the membership include those in military and civil agencies. Views and conclusions are those of the contributing authors and do not necessarily represent positions of the journal or the Society for History in the Federal Government.

We welcome your contributions. Send your manuscript, an abstract, brief biographical information, and information on available images to the journal editors at


Benjamin Guterman
Retired, National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC

Assistant Editor

Judson MacLaury
Retired Historian, U.S. Department of Labor

Caryn E. Neumann
Miami University of Ohio, Regionals

Editorial Board

Hope M. Harrison
The George Washington University

Betty K. Koed
United States Senate Historical Office

Roger Launius
National Air and Space Museum

Lawrence Peskin
Morgan State University

Marc Rothenberg
National Science Foundation

David M. K. Sheinin
Trent University

John A. Tokar
National Security Agency, Center for Cryptologic History

David. F. Winkler
Naval Historical Foundation

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