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The Organization of American Historians, founded in 1907 as the Mississippi Valley Historical Association, serves individual college and university professors, high school teachers, students, archivists, public historians, and others who value the study of the American past. Membership in the OAH is open to anyone interested in the study, presentation, and practice of U.S. history. 

Member Benefits

Membership in the OAH provides valuable benefits for members throughout their professional lives. Take advantage of the Organization's programs as you advance throughout your career.

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OAH Membership Information and Categories

The OAH provides a variety of membership categories to accommodate the wide range of career fields within the history profession. Membership is open to all, regardless of career path, who value the study, presentation, and practice of U.S. history. The OAH membership year begins November 1 and runs through October 31. For those who join between November 1 and April 30, their memberships are backdated to November 1 and missed publications are sent. Those who join May 1 and later pay a prorated amount and their memberships expire October 31 of the following year.

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Institutional Subscriptions

For more information regarding institutional subscriptions to the Journal of American History, please contact Oxford University Press.

For more information regarding institutional subscriptions to The American Historian, please contact oah@oah.org.

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The OAH is able to continue our mission in great part to the generous support of our donors. We rely on your philanthropic support to enhance our offerings to members, and your assistance is essential to our efforts to grow and improve.  Donate to the OAH