Founded in 1907, the Organization of American Historians (OAH) is the largest professional society dedicated to the teaching and study of American history. The archives of the OAH, which house papers of the organization, including those of its years as the Mississippi Valley Historical Association (MVHA), are held at the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives at the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library. Individuals interested in researching OAH and the MVHA, are encouraged to contact the archives directly:
Ruth Lilly Archives
755 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Notes from the Ruth Lilly Archives
Organization of American Historians Records, 1906-2019
Call number: MSS0027
Qty.:227 cubic feet (187 cartons, 34 document boxes, 13 flat boxes, 73 optical discs, 70 floppy disks, 36 rolls of microfilm, 15 audio cassettes, 2 videotapes)
This collection has the following restrictions:
- Access to the records of the OAH Business Office are restricted for 10 years.
- Journal of American History editorial correspondence and referee’s evaluations written before 1979 will remain closed for the lifetime of the author unless the reviewer explicitly sanctions opening.
- Journal of American History evaluations written between 1979 and 1986 will remain closed for 10 years or longer in those cases where referees requested other terms.
- From 1986 onward each referee signs a form to indicate whether he or she is willing to let the author know his or her identity immediately or whether the evaluation shall be closed for 15 years.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
Cite as: Organization of American Historians Records, 1906-2019, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, IUPUI University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.