U.S. History Organizations

There are a wide range of history organizations in the field of U.S. history. Some focus on specific content areas while others focus on career paths. If you know of other U.S. history organizations to be included on the below list, please email membership@oah.org.

The Agricultural History Society (AHS) is a membership organization dedicated to promoting the interest, study and research of the history of agriculture. They do this by publishing their journal, Agricultural History, and holding annual meetings.

Website: http://www.aghistorysociety.org/

The American Historical Association (AHA) is a nonprofit membership organization established by congress “for the promotion of historical studies, the collection and preservation of historical manuscripts, and for kindred purposes in the interest of American history, and of history in America.” The AHA also publishes the American Historical Review and has an annual meeting each January.

Website: https://www.historians.org/

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is a membership organization made up of historians, on any level, who are involved in their state and local history, dedicated to supporting historians, and historical organizations on a state and local level. The AASLH provides resources, publishes History News Magazine, and holds an annual meeting each September.

Website: https://aaslh.org

The American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) is a membership organization made up of those in both the historical and medical fields, dedicated to promoting and encouraging research, study, writing, and interest in the history of medicine. The AAHM also publishes the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, provides resources, holds an annual meeting, and awards prizes for books, articles, and lectures.

Website: http://www.histmed.org/

The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) is a society focused on spreading awareness of the American Jewish experience and its interaction with both American and world history. The AJHS publishes their quarterly newsletter, Heritage, and awards prizes for essays, books, research, and service.

 Website: http://www.ajhs.org/

The American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) is a membership organization made up of both historians and journalists seeking to advance education and research in the history of mass communication. The AJHA publishes their quarterly scholarly journal, American Journalism, awards prizes for books, articles, and dissertations, and holds an annual convention.

Website: https://ajha.wildapricot.org/

The American Printing History Association (APHA) is a membership organization that supports and encourages the study of the history of printing and related arts and crafts. The APHA also publishes their scholarly journal, Publishing History, awards prizes for individuals and institutions, and holds an annual conference.

Website: https://printinghistory.org/

The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) is an interdisciplinary membership organization dedicated to the advancement of scholarship of the period from the later seventeenth through the early nineteenth century. The ASECS also holds an annual meeting each spring, and sponsors the publication of their journal, Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Website: https://www.asecs.org/

The American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) is a membership organization focused on the promotion of research, publication, teaching, and communication on the relationship between humankind the natural environment from historical and humanistic perspectives. The ASEH also holds an annual conference each spring, publishes Environmental History quarterly, and awards prizes for articles, books, dissertations, and service.

Website: https://aseh.net/

The American Society for Legal History (ASLH) is a membership organization whose goal is to foster the interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching of legal history. The ASLH also sponsors the publication of the scholarly quarterly journal, Law and History Review, provides online resources, holds an annual conference, and awards prizes for articles, dissertations, books, and digital history.

Website:https://aslh.net/

The American Society of Church History (ASCH) is a historical society dedicated to the study of Christianity and its relationship with history. The ASCH publishes their Journal, Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, holds an annual meeting in January along with the American Historical Association, and awards prizes for books, essays, and dissertations.

Website: https://churchhistory.org/

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is an organization whose mission is “to promote, research, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.” The ASALH also has a number of publications, including: the Journal of African American History; Black History Bulletin, and Fire!!!

Website: https://asalh.org

The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians (BCWH) is a membership organization dedicated to promoting the scholarship and supporting the activities of women in the historical profession. This is accomplished by awarding prizes for books and articles as well as holding their triennial and annual conferences.

Website: https://berksconference.org/

The Colonial Society of Massachusetts is a membership organization dedicated to advancing the study of New England, especially the colonies of Massachusetts bay and Plymouth. This is done through publications such as The New England Quarterly, occasional conferences, and the awarding of prizes for best scholarly essay on a relevant topic.

Website: https://www.colonialsociety.org/

The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History (CLGBTH) is an affiliate of the American Historical Association, meeting annually in conjunction with the AHA’s annual meeting. At these meetings, they sponsor sessions focusing on LGBT history. They also publish a newsletter and award prizes for books, papers, k-12 curriculum, and public history.

Website: http://clgbthistory.org/

The Construction History Society of America (CHSA) is a membership organization dedicated to the history and evolution of construction both in America and the world. The CSHA is affiliated with The Construction History Society in the United Kingdom, which publishes a scholarly journal, Construction History. The CSHA also holds biennial meetings and provides online resources to its members.

Website: http://www.constructionhistorysociety.org/

The Disability History Association (DHA) is a non-profit membership organization that promotes the study of disabilities throughout history. The DHA provides its members with a number of resources, including a newsletter, conference information, sample syllabi, as well as other helpful links, and awards prizes for books, articles, and travel scholarships for graduate students.

Website: http://dishist.org/

The Economic History Association (EHA) is a membership organization whose purpose is to encourage and promote teaching, research, and publication on every phase of economic history. The EHA publishes The Journal of Economic History quarterly and a newsletter, awards prizes for dissertations, teaching, books, articles, and data compiling, and holds an annual meeting.

Website: http://eh.net/eha/

The German Historical Institute (GHI) is a center for advanced study, focused on connecting European and American scholars by making their research more accessible. Their research covers German, European, American, and comparative and transnational history. The GHI also houses a comprehensive research library, organizes conferences, and publishes the bulletin of the GHI in both English and German.

Website: https://www.ghi-dc.org/home.html?L=

The History of Education Society (HES) is a scholarly society whose goals include promoting and improving the teaching of the history of education at all levels, encouraging scholarly research, and encouraging cooperation among specialists in other disciplines. The HES also publishes the History of Education Quarterly, holds an annual meeting, and awards prizes for books, dissertations, articles, and essays.

 Website: https://www.historyofeducation.org/

The History of Science Society (HSS) is a membership organization dedicated to understanding science and its historical context. The HSS awards prizes for books, articles, teaching, and service, publish their journals, Isis and Osiris, and holds annual meetings.

Website: https://hssonline.org/

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society (IEHS) is an organization whose purpose is to promote the historical study of immigration to North America from all parts of the world and the study of ethnic groups that developed as a result of this immigration. The IEHS also publishes the Journal of American Ethnic History, awards prizes for books, dissertations, articles, and service, and holds its annual conference in conjunction with the Organization of American Historians.

Website: https://iehs.org

The Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA) is a membership organization made up of historians, labor educators, and working-class activists who seek to promote public and scholarly awareness of labor and working-class history through research, writing, and organizing. LAWCHA publishes Labor: Studies in Working-Class History, as well as their newsletter, they also hold an annual conference and award scholarships and prizes to outstanding historians.

 Website: https://www.lawcha.org/

The Midwestern Historical Association (MHA) is a membership organization dedicated to rebuilding the field of Midwestern history, as well as advocating for greater attention and more academic discourse in the field. The MHA also partners with the Middle West Review, and awards prizes for books, articles, public history, popular history, and lifetime achievement.

Website: http://www.midwesternhistory.com/

The National Council on History Education (NCHE) is a membership association dedicated to enhancing the teaching and learning of history at all levels in America. This is done by providing various resources for teachers and connecting teachers with each other to discuss teaching methods. The NCHE also holds an annual conference, and awards a prize to a k-12 history teacher or individual or group who has made a significant contribution to history education.

Website: https://www.nche.net

The National Council on Public History (NCPH) is a membership association dedicated to making the past useful in the present and encouraging collaboration between historians and their publics. The NCPH also publishes The Public Historian, as well as their quarterly newsletter Public History News, and have their annual conference.

Website: https://ncph.org/

The New England Historical Association (NEHA) is a regional affiliate of the American Historical Association, focused on the study of all regions and time periods of world history. The association’s goal is to be a more accessible and personal version of the AHA specifically for historians located in the New England Area.

Website: http://www.newenglandhistorians.org/

The Norwegian-American Historical Association (NAHA) is a membership organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of Norwegian-Americans. This is done through publications of various books and essays collections, as well as an extensive archival collection.

Website:  http://www.naha.stolaf.edu/index.htm

The Oral History Association (OHA) is a membership organization dedicated to the betterment of oral history, by encouraging and supporting oral history and oral historians. The OHA offers various resources to their members, including their official journal, The Oral History Review, they also hold an annual meeting, and award prizes for articles, books, projects, and teaching.

Website: https://www.oralhistory.org/

Phi Alpha Theta is an American history honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors. Phi Alpha Theta also publishes The Historian, holds annual meetings, and awards prizes for books, doctoral scholarships, research grants, papers, and undergraduate and graduate student scholarships.

Website: http://phialphatheta.org/

The Polish American Historical Association (PAHA) is a membership organization dedicated to the study of Polish American history and culture. PAHA publishes a scholarly journal, Polish American Studies, provides resources, and holds an annual conference each January.

Website: http://www.polishamericanstudies.org/

The Popular Culture Association (PCA) is a membership organization dedicated to the study of popular culture. The Association provides various resources for teachers and historians, holds an annual conference, and awards prizes for articles, books, documentaries, textbook, research site, and association.

website: https://pcaaca.org/

The Social Science History Association (SSHA) is an interdisciplinary membership organization dedicated to using the social sciences to gain a better understanding of the past. The SSHA also holds an annual conference publishes their journal, Social Science History, and awards prizes for books and papers.

Website: https://ssha.org/

The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) is a membership organization dedicated to the study of the history of American Foreign Relations. The Society publishes its journal, Diplomatic History, provides online resources for its members, and holds annual meetings.

Website: https://shafr.org

The Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) is a membership association dedicated to researching the history and significance of events in America from 1776 to 1861. SHEAR also publishes its scholarly journal, the Journal of the Early Republic, holds an annual meeting each July, and awards prizes for books, biographies, articles, and dissertations.

Website: http://www.shear.org

The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) is a membership organization dedicated to the study of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. SHGAPE sponsors the publication of The Journal of the Gilded Age and progressive Era, and works as an affiliated society of the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association, sponsoring panels and offering workshops, lectures, and mentoring opportunities at both the OAH and AHA annual meetings.

Website: https://www.shgape.org/#

The Society for History Education (SHE) is a membership organization, affiliated with the American Historical Association, dedicated to the History of Education. SHE also publishes its journal, The History Teacher, and awards prizes for student essays, teachers, and student internships.

Website: http://www.societyforhistoryeducation.org

The Society for Military History (SMH) is a membership organization dedicated to military history throughout the world. The SMH publishes its journal, The Journal of Military History, gives awards and prizes to books and articles, and holds its annual meetings.

Website: http://www.smh-hq.org/index.htm

The Society of American Historians (SAH) is an invite only membership organization dedicated to encouraging literary distinction in the writing of history and biography. This is done by awarding prizes, promoting historical studies, and working with other publishers and institutions to accomplish this goal.

Website: https://sah.columbia.edu/

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) is a membership organization promoting the study, interpretation, and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes, and urbanism all over the world. The SAH publishes the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, hold annual conferences, publish a book series, and provide digital resources for its members.

Website:https://www.sah.org/

The Southern Historical Association (SHA) is a membership organization dedicated to the promotion of research and interest in southern history. The Association also publishes their journal, the Journal of Southern History, awards prizes for books, articles, and papers, and holds an annual conference.

Website: https://thesha.org/

The Urban History Association (UHA) is a membership organization dedicated to the promotion of scholarship in urban history. The UHA awards prizes for books, articles, and dissertations, and holds a biennial conference.

Website: http://www.urbanhistory.org/

The Victorian Society in America (VSA) is a membership organization dedicated towards the historic preservation, protection, understanding, and education of Victorian History. The VSA publishes The Victorian Quarterly and awards prizes for books as well as preservation.

Website:https://victoriansociety.org/

The Western History Association (WHA) is a membership organization dedicated to the history of the North American West. The Association publishes The Western Historical Quarterly, holds an annual conference, and awards prizes and scholarships for books, essays, and articles.

Website: https://www.westernhistory.org/

The World History Association (WHA) is a membership organization dedicated to the promotion of world history through teaching, research, publications, and personal interactions. The WHA publishes the Journal of World History, holds an annual conference, and awards prizes for books, dissertation, essays, and teaching. The WHA also has 10 regional affiliates throughout the US.

Website: https://www.thewha.org/