The Federalist

Newsletter of the Society for History in the Federal Government The Federalist newsletter prints news of recent activities of the Society, its membership, and of important issues affecting federal history programs. Issues one-year-old and older are available online in PDF format at

Second Series, Issue 39, Fall 2013

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Editor’s Note, Benjamin Guterman

• NPS American Latino Heritage Initiative, Paloma Bolasny

• In Memoriam, Dick Myers

Preserving the “Iraqi Jewish Archive,” Doris A. Hamburg

• Managing Forest Service History, Rachel Kline

• The History Professional, An interview with Victoria A. Harden, former Historian of Office of NIH History

• FOIA Matters

• History Office Profile, U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office, Christopher Havern

From the Archives. Chas Downs looks at SHFG’s Membership Program, 1995

• Explorations:  Investigations in federal history work.  Benjamin Guterman, Thomas I. Faith, Mattea Sanders

• Making History:  A roundup of news from federal history offices, nationwide.

• Federalist Calendar:  Conferences of interest to historians

Second Series, Issue 38, Summer 2013


Editor’s Note, Benjamin Guterman

• DOCUMERICA Photography Project. Curator Bruce I. Bustard explains the new exhibit at the National Archives.

• Organizing Testimonies. Max D. Baumgarten explains his project for maximizing indexing capabilities in oral history collections.

• The History Professional, An interview with Robert S. Arrighi, historian at NASA’s Glenn Research Center.

• FOIA Matters

• History Office Profile, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Historical Office, by Jon T. Hoffman

• From the Archives. Chas Downs looks at SHFG’s successful 1996 Museum Exhibit Standards Committee.

• Digital History. Tali Beesley offers three suggestions of online resources.

• Records and Research, Exxon Valdez Records. Newly available records.

• The Vietnam Cauldron, by Michael B. Petersen, Review by Benjamin Guterman

• Explorations. Investigations in federal history work.

• Making History. A roundup of news from federal history offices, nationwide.

• Federalist Calendar

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Second Series, Issue 37, Spring 2013


• Editor’s Note. Benjamin Guterman

• SHFG–OHMAR Joint Conference. An overview of the successful April 4–5 conference, with images of selected sessions.

• Pete Daniel Receives the Roger R. Trask Award. Summary of Dr. Daniel’s lecture and contributions to federal history work.

• SHFG Conference Awards. A pictorial summary of SHFG’s awards for 2013, presented at the recent conference.

• Field Books at the Smithsonian Institution. Lesley Parilla discusses the variety and range of expedition field books at the Smithsonian, as an introduction to the current project to digitize and index the collections.

• Historical Documentation in America’s National Parks. Kelly Spradley-Kurowski explains the National Park Service’s new program to improve the documentation and nomination of new properties within parks to the National Register of Historic Places and as National Historic Landmarks.

• The History Professional. An Interview with Charlene Bangs Bickford, Director of the First Federal Congress Project at George Washington University

• History Office Profile, Marine Corps History Division. Nicholas J. Schlosser introduces the mission and historical work of the History Division.

• From the Archives, SHFG’s Drafting of Professional Standards, 1983–1985. Charles Downs relates the story of how SHFG drafted its standards for federal historians, including the pivotal work of Marty Reuss, a historian at the Army Corps of Engineers.

• Digital History, History Timelines and Tools to Create Them. Tali Beesley reviews some innovative online presentations of history timelines and then recommends some sites that provide templates.

• Making History. A roundup of news from federal history offices, nationwide.

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Second Series, Issue 36, Winter 2012-13

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• Editor’s Note

• Federal Records Workshop. Matt Wasniewski describes our successful research workshop held at the National Archives in Washington, DC, in February 2013 that hosted students and professionals.

• Archeology of a Tailrace, Harpers Ferry Armory. Archeologist J.P. Ebersole relates how recent National Park Service field work at the armory uncovered revealing evidence of how water power was used there in the early 1800s.

• Hawaiian Identity at Fort Vancouver. Archeologist Douglas C. Wilson describes ongoing excavation and discovery at Fort Vancouver that improves our understanding of Hawaiian laborers and others at the fort.

• The History Professional. An interview with curator Stacey Bredhoff of the John F. Kennedy Library on the challenges of federal museum work and her new exhibit on the Cuban Missile Crisis.

• History Office Profile, Smithsonian Institutional History Division. Pamela M. Henson describes the work of the division and how it both records and supports the work of historians and others in the diverse range of Smithsonian offices.

• From the Archives. Charles Downs recalls the lecture by renowned historian Forrest C. Pogue at the Society’s Fourth Hewlett Lecture in September 1983.

• Digital History, Review of U.S. House website. Tali Beesley reviews the new U.S. House of Representatives website that provides access to the collections of both the Office of the Historian and Clerk of the House’s Office of Art and Archives.

• Book Review. Benjamin Guterman reviews UNEXCEPTIONAL, America’s Empire in the Persian Gulf, 1941–2007, by Marc J. O’Reilly, 2008.

• Making History. A roundup of news from federal history offices, nationwide.

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Second Series, Issue 35, Fall 2012

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 • Hewlett Lecture, October 2012
Our annual event featured a revealing panel discussion that highlighted the challenges of federal recordkeeping. A report and comments from attendees discuss what ideas emerged about preserving vital federal records and the role of the federal historian.

• Annual Conference Announcement: A joint meeting by the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) and Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR), April 4–5, 2013.

• African American Marines: Nicholas J. Schlosser reports on the efforts of the Marine Corps History Division to celebrate their ongoing legacy and contributions.

• The FBI History Office: A Federal History Office Profile by FBI Historian John Fox

• Katyn Forest Massacre Documents Release: The latest news on documents related to the massacre of Polish officers by Russian forces in World War II.

• History Graduates and the Employment Marketplace: A study by Laura J. Sweeney

• From the Archives: SHFG Archivist Charles Downs reports on SHFG’s 1995 confrontation with CBS News

• Making History. A roundup of news from federal history offices, nationwide.

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