OAH-NPS Collaboration

For almost 30 years the Organization of American Historians has partnered with the National Park Service to bring leading scholarship to bear on the presentation of history at our national parks.


Bringing Scholarship to Bear on the Presentation of History at Our National Parks

Through the OAH-NPS collaboration, OAH members have opportunities to undertake sponsored research projects, many of which allow for student engagement during the process and lead to avenues for publication upon completion. The wide range of OAH-NPS projects include scholars’ visits to national park sites, administrative histories, historic resource studies, national landmarks theme studies, peer review of interpretive material, curriculum development, and conferences and seminars. Through these projects, members can pursue their scholarly interests while also enriching the stories of our national parks.

For specific questions about the OAH-NPS collaboration, contact us at nps@oah.org.


NPS and OAH will undertake activities that promote the greater public and private understanding of American history for their mutual benefit and for the people of the United States as well as for future generations, so that they can enjoy the historic resources of the NPS.

OAH-NPS 2015 Master Cooperative Agreement

Get Involved

OAH members are eligible for a wide range of funded opportunities through the OAH-NPS collaboration.


NPS Policies

Information you need to know about working on OAH-NPS projects.


OAH-NPS Projects

A cumulative list of collaborative OAH projects undertaken for the National Park Service from 1994 to 2023.


Featured Projects

Learn more about recent OAH-NPS projects.



Imperiled Promise

As part of its NPS project work, In 2011 the OAH completed Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service, a report that examines the practice and presentation of American history in the National Park Service and at its sites.