To mark History Associates’ 35th anniversary, we created a timeline that tells our story — just click on the slider bar in the middle to scroll through the years. To learn more about the process and how you can use a timeline to showcase your company’s history, read our blog post on creating effective history timelines.

1979

1979: Crisis Creates Opportunity

After writing the history of the Three Mile Island nuclear incident, four historians decide to start a pioneering company that will apply historical methods to contemporary research questions.

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1981

1981: Founding a Company

Philip Cantelon, Rodney Carlisle, Richard Hewlett, and Robert Williams incorporate History Associates on January 2.

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1982

1982: Serving the Legal Profession

Employees conduct painstaking research for clients requiring historical evidence for legal matters. This expertise forms the basis for History Associates’ Litigation Research service line.

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1984

1984: Putting Down Roots

History Associates moves into its first private office space in Rockville, Maryland, just north of Washington, D.C.

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1984

1984: Developing Archival Capabilities

When Texas Instruments asks the company to help organize its records, History Associates hires its first professional to create an archive of the technology company’s historical records.

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1986

1986: Acknowledging Growth

Inc. magazine recognizes History Associates as one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the nation.

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1992

1992: Overcoming Setbacks

When two major Department of Energy contracts come to an end, History Associates generates new business by diversifying its services.

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1993

1993: Writing Professional Histories

A high-profile history of telecommunications giant MCI is published, strengthening History Associates’ reputation for producing polished, professional books.

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1997

1997: Documenting the Digital Age

History Associates, the National Science Foundation, and Microsoft bring together key figures from academic, corporate, government, and technology communities to discuss the preservation of electronic records.

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1998

1998: Supporting Corporate Disclosure

History Associates staff members travel to more than thirty repositories worldwide to document Ford Motor Company’s use of forced labor at its German plant during World War II.

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1999

1999: Telling Stories Online

History Associates undertakes its first major digital history project, developing an online encyclopedia to celebrate DuPont’s 200th anniversary.

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2002

2002: Moving to a New Facility

History Associates moves to its current office building, which features a climate-controlled archival storage facility.

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2003

2003: Crafting Interpretive Plans

Company historians create an interpretive plan for the Civil War Trust's Third Winchester Battlefield, transforming farmland into a heritage tourism destination.

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2004

2004: Transitioning Leadership

The founders initiate a multi-year process to transition management and ownership of History Associates to a new generation of leaders.

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2004

2004: Going the Extra Mile

To help JPMorgan disclose its historical connections to slavery, researchers travel to repositories all across Louisiana, unearthing thousands of invaluable documents.

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2005

2005: Preserving Institutional Memory

The Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society hires History Associates to chart the history of securities regulation. Oral historians conduct more than 180 interviews with regulators and curate five online exhibits.

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2005

2005: Finding New Applications

Company historians demonstrate the broad applicability of their skills when undertaking new types of legal research. Their thorough research documents common knowledge and contributes to a favorable judgment for the National Football League.

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2007

2007: Creating Powerful Exhibits

The Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center, an American Battle Monuments Commission site, becomes History Associates’ first permanent exhibit project open to the public.

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2008

2008: Managing Collections

As they inventory, catalog, and relocate more than 30,000 artifacts for the U.S. National Archives, History Associates staff members develop strong collections management expertise.

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2009

2009: Documenting 21st Century Conflict

Unable to access recent government records, historians answer legal questions arising from Operation Iraqi Freedom using primary source material mined from social media platforms.

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2010

2010: Serving National Parks

Company archivists win a major contract to survey and process thousands of feet of archival material at more than sixty National Park Service sites nationwide.

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2011

2011: Celebrating 30 Years

Employees past and present come together with clients, family, and friends to celebrate History Associates’ 30th anniversary at the National Archives in downtown Washington, D.C.

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2014

2014: Preserving Digital Content

In partnership with the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, History Associates’ digital archives team develops best practices for the preservation of electronic congressional records.

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2014

2014: Engaging Broad Audiences

History Associates content experts develop engaging exhibits for the newly renovated White House Visitor Center, which opens to the public in September 2014.

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2016

2016: Promoting a Legacy

History Associates begins processing Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers. The project will promote the legacy of this important civil rights activist.

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