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Public History Resources

This list provides a starting point for faculty, students, and professionals interested in learning about the field of public history and employment opportunities in historical organizations, museums, archives, or libraries.

Current and prospective public history students are also encouraged to make ample use of the Department of History graduate program resources. There, you will find information about graduate study at UMass, career resources for historians, writing resourcesforms and documents, and additional online resources, including information about listservs for historians, digital archival resources, cartographic resources, and more.

The Public History Program also has access to professional development resources through its membership in the American Association for State and Local History and patronage of the National Council of Public History and International Federation for Public History

UMass Public History regularly partners with other units around campus whose missions and aims align with ours. These include the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies, directed by History faculty member Alon Confino; UMass Special Collections and Archives, directed by historian Rob Cox; the UMass Museum of Contemporary Art; and Department of Architecture and its offerings in Historic Preservation (led by historians Max Page and Eldra-Domninique Walker); and the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation


UMass as a campus embraces a number of public facing social justice initiatives. Other programs of interest to public historians at UMass include those advancing work in Sustainability; the Resistance Studies Initiative; and the Public Engagement Project.


Professional and National Organizations

National Council on Public History
New England Museum Association
American Historical Association - Resources for Public Historians
Society for History in the Federal Government
Oral History Association
American Association for State and Local History
Institute of Museum and Library Services
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Park Service
Organization of American Historians
Oral History Association
The Public Historian, UC Press
U.S. Capitol Historical Society

Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
Historic New England


American Association of Museums
Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
Smithsonian Institution


Society of American Archivists
National Archives

Career Development and Employment Resources

American Association for State and Local History Job Listings
American Association of Museums Aviso Job Listings
American Historical Association Employment Resources
Museum Employment Resource Center
National Council on Public History Job Listings
National Council on Public History Internship Listings
National Park Service Job Listings
National Trust for Historic Preservation Job Listings
Presidential Management Fellows Program
Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships
Society of American Archivists Job Listings
#HistoryJobs on Twitter

Discussion Boards, Listservs, and Websites

Public History Resource Center
H-Public Discussion Network
Beyond Academe
American Historical Association  - "Careers for History Majors"

History@Work - NCPH Blog