Individual Memberships

All who work, teach, study, or are interested in the field of US history are welcome to become members of the OAH.

All OAH individual memberships offer the same benefits. Dues are based on income level to ensure broad access to the many benefits and resources afforded to members. While memberships are primarily based on income levels, additional membership categories are available based on one’s career level within the field.

Income less than $45,000


Income between $45,000 – $69,000


Income between $70,000 – $99,999


Income between $100,000 – $149,999


Income more than $150,000




Associate (careers outside U.S. history) / History Educator (K-12 teachers)


Retired / Early Career (first 3 years after graduation)


Adjunct / Graduate student / Unemployed


Sponsored Memberships


High School / Undergraduate student


Membership Types

Individual Memberships

In addition to our general membership categories, OAH offers several special categories for students, early career professionals, and those who work in non-tenure track or contingent positions, including recently added categories for undergraduate and high school students as well as a Sustaining Member category for those who want to support the work of the OAH at a higher level.

Sponsored memberships are a great way to introduce students and recent graduates not yet working full time to the benefits of a professional organization. Current members can either sponsor a specific individual or contribute to our Sponsored Membership Award Fund. Use this form to purchase sponsored memberships (member login required).

High School / Undergraduate Student Memberships

Memberships for high school and undergraduate students provide an introduction to the history field, as well as access to resources. Students interested in joining in this category should email [email protected] or call (812) 855-7311 to receive a special code.

Institutional Memberships

OAH now offers two types of Institutional Memberships: History Organizations and Small Departments. Institutional Membership Benefits differ slightly from Individual Member Benefits. Please refer to the Membership Benefits page.

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