AHA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The American Historical Association (AHA) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies.
The AHA provides leadership for the profession, protects academic freedom, develops professional standards, aids in the pursuit and publication of scholarship, and supplies various services to sustain and enhance the work of its members.
The association’s principal functions fall within four realms: publication, teaching, advocacy, and networking. As the largest historical society in the United States, the AHA serves historians representing every historical period and geographical area.
The nearly 14,000 members include academics at universities, two- and four-year colleges, museums, historical organizations, libraries and archives, but also independent historians, students, K–12 teachers, government and business professionals, and countless people who, whatever their profession, possess an abiding interest in history.
The American Historical Review is the major journal of record for the history profession in the United States.
Perspectives on History is the national news monthly of the profession
The publications of the AHA play a crucial role in the teaching of history, the dissemination of historical scholarship, and the support of historians’ career development. These publications include:
American Historical Review - the world’s most widely read and cited history journal
Perspectives on History - newsmagazine of the AHA
Fortnightly News - bi-monthly e-mail newsletter to members
AHA Today - the AHA's blog
The AHA’s broad-based teaching mission includes:
Making resources available to educators at secondary and post-secondary levels, and public history venues
Introducing and integrating historians into the profession
Providing ongoing education for historians at every stage of their careers—through topical and professional sessions at the annual meeting, and by way of both innovative web resources and distinguished print publications
The AHA is an advocate for historians in the nation’s capital and beyond. The association’s current advocacy initiatives include:
Supporting open access to historical records
Protecting academic freedom and the free movement of scholars
Promoting the profile of history and the humanities in public culture
Preserving federal funding for libraries, archives, historical sites, and K-12 history-teaching initiatives
Assisting Ph.D. candidates and their doctoral institutions in thinking widely about the career possibilities open to them
Last Updated: April 12, 2012 10:12 AM