Friday, January 29, 2010

Federal Government History: An Update

We’ve previously noted that the Society for History in the Federal Government annually awards a James Madison Prize for excellence in an article or essay that deals with any aspect of the federal government’s history. This year’s recipient is Fabio Arcila, Jr., Touro Law, for The Framers’ Search Power: The Misunderstood Statutory History Of Suspicion & Probable Cause, 50 B.C. L. Rev. 363 (2009). The award will be presented at the Society’s annual conference on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the National Archives II facility in College Park, Maryland.

The Society also publishes, annually, an on-line journal, Federal History:
The journal promotes scholarship on all aspects of the history and workings of the federal government, and of critical historical interactions between American society and the U.S. government, including the U.S. military, 1776 to the present. It also publishes articles investigating contemporary issues and challenges in federal history work, including the fields of history, archival science, historic preservation, public history, museum studies, web–based history, memory studies, and other related areas. The journal highlights studies by historians working in or for federal agencies as well as independent scholars, many of which originate as presentations at the Society’s annual conference in the Washington, D.C. area.
The January 2010 issue is here.