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Date: February 10, 1998
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

History Associates Incorporated

In October 1997, History Associates President Philip L. Cantelon spoke to Miami University students in Oxford, Ohio, about non-academic careers and applications of history in the federal government and elsewhere. Also, in honor of two decades of public history and the founding of the National Council for Public History, Cantelon is co-editing the 20th anniversary issue of  The Public Historian  with Barbara Howe, chair of the history department at West Virginia University.

In March 1998, History Associates co-founder Rodney Carlisle will have two monographs published as part of a series by the Naval Historical Center:  The Relationship of Science and Technology: A Bibliographic Guide  and  Navy RDT&E Planning in an Age of Transition: A Survey Guide to Contemporary Literature. Also, his book  Where the Fleet Begins, a history of the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (formerly called the David Taylor Research Center), will be published in early summer. For more information about the availability of these three publications, consult the Naval Historical Center’s web page at

In late 1997, the University of Illinois Press published  Argonne National Laboratory, 1946-96, written by Jack M. Holl, professor of history at Kansas State University, former Chief Historian at the Department of Energy, and the first president of the Society for History in the Federal Government. The book was written with the assistance of Richard G. Hewlett, History Associates board chairman and vice president, and Ruth R. Harris, retired director of research and senior historian at History Associates. The book chronicles the laboratory’s emergence from the Manhattan Project and its broadening and shifting mission leading up to the present.

In December 1997, Brian Martin, History Associates’ Director of Litigation Research, was awarded a Ph.D. in History and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. His dissertation, “The Limits of Sovereign Management: The Southwestern Power Administration’s Relations with Organized Labor,” used a case study to explore the assumptions underlying the federal government’s distinct approach to managing its own labor relations policies. The study, which grew out of an earlier History Associates project, traces the development of wide-ranging negotiation practices in the Interior and Energy Departments against the backdrop of a more limited form of collective bargaining defined by law and regulation which is characteristic of other federal agencies.

In January, The Pennsylvania State University Press published  Battling for Manassas: The Fifty-Year Preservation Struggle at Manassas National Battlefield Park  by former History Associates historian Joan M. Zenzen. The book, researched and written as a project under contract between History Associates and the National Park Service, chronicles the national park’s efforts over the last half century to protect the site while accommodating nearby development.

About History Associates
For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit

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