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Professional Organizations in
History and Archaeology

See also: Historical Societies.



  • American Anthropological Association
    The American Anthropological Association (AAA), the primary professional society of anthropologists in the United States since its founding in 1902, is the world's largest professional organization of individuals interested in anthropology.
  • American Association for State and Local History
    Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH started in 1904 as a department within the American Historical Association and now provides services and assistance to over 5,000 institutions and individuals who work in the field of state and local history. It provides resource links to Regional Museum Groups, State Associations, National Resource Organizations, and State Historical Societies.
  • American Historical Association
    A professional organization for all historians. It encompasses every historical period and geographical area and serves professional historians in all areas of employment.
  • Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc.
    The Foundation (FAMSI) was created in 1993 to foster increased understanding of ancient Mesoamerican cultures and assist and promote qualified scholars of Mesoamerica in anthropology, archaeology, art history, epigraphy, ethnography, ethnohistory, linguistics, and related fields. Mesoamerica (Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico) from 1500 BC to 1519 AD is one of six cradles of early civilization.
  • The Historical Society
    The Historical Society works to revitalize the study and teaching of history by reorienting the historical profession toward an accessible, integrated history free from fragmentation and over-specialization. They publish The Journal of The Historical Society and Historically Speaking: The Bulletin of The Historical Society.
  • National Coalition for History (NCH)
    The National Coalition for History (NCH) is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit educational organization providing leadership in history-related advocacy, serving as the profession's national voice, and acting as a clearinghouse of news and information. Check their Member Organizations for an interesting list of links to other historical organizations.
  • Organization of American Historians
    The Organization of American Historians, founded in 1907 as the Mississippi Valley Historical Association, is the largest learned society devoted to the study of American history. They publish the Journal of American History.
  • Society for Commercial Archaeology
    Established in 1977, the SCA is the oldest national organization devoted to the buildings, artifacts, structures, signs, and symbols of the 20th-century commercial landscape, especially roadside structures, like restaurants, drive-ins, etc.