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Philadelphia Public Safety Director Smedley D. Butler wields an axe to empty the contents of wooden beer barrels into the Schuylkill River on December 19, 1924. (Issue 2, courtesy of Library of Congress)

Occasional Papers

Five issues of the Occasional Papers appeared between 1997 and 2005. Roger R. Trask founded the series and managed issues 1-3; Rebecca H. Welch was editor of issues 4-5; and Fred M. Beck served as editorial assistant. Issues 1–3 are available here. Issues 4 and 5 will be posted soon.

A publication of the Society for History in the Federal Government

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ISSN 1097-0746

Also, our online journal Federal History began publication in 2009 as an annual journal.



Issue 1, 1997
•  Editor’s Introduction
Roger R. Trask
•  How the Space Race Began
Lt. Col. William P. Barry, USAF
•  The Navy’s View of the “Revolt of the Admirals”
Jeffrey G. Barlow
•  The Formative Years of Air Force Intelligence. 1945–1950
Vance O. Mitchell

Issue 2, 1999
•  Editor’s Introduction
Roger R. Trask
•  The Struggle for Federal History
David E. Kyvig
•  Cold War Thaw on the Home Front
J. Merton England
•  Writing Cold War History
Roger M. Anders
•  Why No “Astronauttes?”
Margaret A. Weitekamp

Issue 3, 2000
•   Editor’s Introduction
Roger R. Trask
•  “Educated Beyond their Intelligence”
Raymond W. Smock
•  “What’s the History of the Senate Jail?”
Richard A. Baker
•  Applied History for the Navy: The SUBLANT Project
Gary E. Weir

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