NASA Interview

Our interview with Robert S. Arrighi, archivist/historian, at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio (in The Federalist, Summer 2013).

Roger R. Trask Award

The 2017 recipient of the Roger R. Trask Award is Dr. J. Samuel Walker.  A former historian of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the author of Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan, Dr. Walker is the author of five books on the history of regulating nuclear power, including Three Mile Island: A Nuclear Crisis in Historical Perspective and The Road to Yucca Mountain: The Development of Radioactive Waste Policy in the United States.

SHFG's Annual Prize Winners

The Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) is pleased to announce the winners of its annual prize competition.  The Society’s prestigious awards recognize exemplary works of history presented in diverse formats for a variety of audiences, all of which further understanding of the history of the federal government.  The awards will be presented at the Society’s annual meeting on April 13 at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.  Congratulations to all of our 2016/2017 winners. 

[Crosspost] Doenecke on Dallek, 'Defenseless under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security' [review]

This review has been crossposted from H-Diplo by H-FedHist review editor Andrew Gawthorpe.


Matthew Dallek. Defenseless under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. 360 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-974312-4.

Reviewed by Justus Doenecke (New College of Florida)

Published on H-Diplo (February, 2017)

Directory of Federal Historical Offices and Activities

SHFG’s online Directory provides information on over 500 offices in all branches of the U.S. federal government that perform history-related work. See http://shfg.org/shfg/publications/directory-of-history-offices/

Find information on offices in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, and on Documentary Projects Related to Federal History


Recent Updates


[Crosspost] H-Diplo Roundtable XVIII, 14 on The War on Leakers: National Security and American Democracy from Eugene Debs to Edward Snowden

This review roundtable has been crossposted from the H-Diplo network because of its potential interest to H-FedHist subscribers.

CFA: Library of Congress’ Junior Fellows, Constitutional Law and Education

As part of the Library of Congress’ Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program, the Congressional Research Service’s American Law Division is offering one paid fellowship that focuses on Constitutional Law and Education. Interested graduate students should apply by going to the USA jobs page- and applying to project #7 by January 27, 2017.


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