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Client Reviews and Testimonials

We work with a diverse list of clients from corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit organizations. Here is a sample of what they have to say about our work:

Reviews on our corporate history projects

QuoteHistory Associates exceeded my wildest expectations. They are true history professionals who can take what may appear to be boring information and turn it into a very compelling story. Our member reaction was overwhelmingly positive. If they did it for foot and ankle surgery, I’m sure they can do it for you!”

J.C. (Chris) Mahaffey, MS, CAE, Executive Director
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Regarding the 75th anniversary book we wrote for ACFAS

QuoteWe are really excited to make this site public and I feel pretty confident we are only at the beginning of its evolution. As a result, I’m sure we’ll continue to work together. That said, I’d like to take this opportunity to point out how great it was to work with everyone at History Associates. As a whole, your group was thorough, efficient, professional, friendly, and everything else I’d hoped to find in a research/content partner. A very special thank you to everyone involved in making this first version so great.”

Brian Case, Vice President, Communications
National Philanthropic Trust
Regarding “A History of Modern Philanthropy,” an online exhibition at

QuoteThe Box Club history book received excellent reviews! The comments on the content, writing style, and graphics were universally positive. Some of the folks even commented that it told the industry’s story very well and should be more widely distributed. Thank you for your superb work.”

Emanuel L. (Manny) Rouvelas, Partner
K&L Gates and Box Club General Counsel
Regarding the 40th anniversary book we wrote for the International Council of Containership Operators

QuoteI call this [book] the ‘real history of economic thought.’. . . It’s a splendid look at twentieth century economics as it actually influenced the world, without centering the story on academia.”

Tyler Cowen, professor of economics, author, and writer
Industry-leading economics blog Marginal Revolution
Reviewing our book The Best Made Plans: Robert R. Nathan and 20th Century Liberalism

QuoteHistory Associates did a fine job researching and writing the history of I.B. Abel. They worked with us to smooth out the inevitable bumps that arose, and the resulting book looks great. One of our affiliated companies hired History Associates on my recommendation.”

Patrick A. Kinsley, President
I.B. Abel

QuoteHistory Associates was very professional throughout, and very accommodating of our project, which was complicated at times. Ken Durr and his staff were very patient and helpful throughout the process, which I greatly appreciate.”

Director of Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
University of Virginia

QuotePartnering with History Associates, Incorporated was the single most important decision we made as we took on the task of documenting our company history. Their experience in conducting research and oral histories, and finding a powerful storyline was invaluable. The authors and support staff were highly professional, and a true pleasure to work with. The final product from HAI exceeded even our high expectations.”

James O. Ellis, Jr., President and CEO
Institute of Nuclear Power Operations

QuoteThe writing flows with an authenticity that resonates.”

Robert C. Helander, author, international businessman, and former employee
International Basic Economy Corporation
Speaking about A company With a Mission: Rodman Rockefeller and the International Basic Economy Corporation, 1947-1985

QuoteIntelligent, informative, and honest to a fault.”

John Kenly Smith
Speaking about the DuPont history book, From the Banks of the Brandywine to the Miracles of Science

QuoteWith History Associates’ help we were able to meet our production deadlines and produce a company history that is a well-written and beautifully crafted memento of a corporate milestone we are proud to share with employees, customers, and shareholders.”

Daniel Ritz, Director of Investor Relations
Bausch & Lomb

QuoteThe interviews are an unparalleled body of information.”

Carla Rosati, Executive Director
SEC Historical Society

regarding History Associates’ oral history work for the SEC’s Women Commissioners Project.

QuoteWe are very happy with the work History Associates did for our 40th History Book. They worked closely with us to stay within our budget and timeframe for the project — and the quality of the work they did was excellent.”

James Crouch, Executive Director
California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB)

QuoteFrom start to finish, Adrian and the others involved have simply been a pleasure to work with. We are proud of the job you and your organization did on this meaningful project, and look forward to sharing the superb result.”

Pete Mackey, Director of Public Affairs
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

QuoteI want to thank all of you at History Associates – and I know my partners join me in this – for producing a beautiful, readable and informed book about Hogan & Hartson. It was very professionally done, and it helped make our 100th year celebration particularly satisfying.”

Barrett Prettyman
Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells)

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Reviews on our exhibit development projects

QuoteWorking with your team has been absolutely wonderful and I would jump at the chance to do it again.”

Julia Swan, Design Manager
Pacific Studio

QuoteEveryone I have worked with has been professional and pro-active, with very thorough, excellent input. Your group has been a joy to work with and I certainly look forward to working with you again.”

Barney Gault, Museum Liaison
Capitol Museum Services

QuoteThe new installation is absolutely gorgeous. It has a wonderful layered look with images, graphics, text, objects – so engaging; it just pulls you along.”

Bernadette Rogoff, Curator of Museum Collections
Monmouth County Historical Association
Regarding History Associates’ work on the Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center

QuoteThis new exhibit is spectacular, thanks in part to the content developed by History Associates and the team.”

Dr. Garry Stone, Historian
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Regarding History Associates’ work on the Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center

QuoteHAI plays a role from concept through construction administration.”

Todd Kinser, Project Manager
Gallagher & Associates

QuoteIt’s probably the most comprehensive exhibition on this subject to date.”

Mark Schaming, Director of Exhibitions and Programs
New York State Museum

QuoteJudge Kelly Goto found the depth of immersion impressive, as well as the level of research and presentation of complex materials.”

National World War I Museum Interactive Exhibit review
HOW, Interactive Design Award

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Reviews on our interpretive planning projects

QuoteThe interpretation at Third Winchester is a huge success story. Visitation among tourists and local residents is higher than we ever expected.”

Jim Campi, Director of Communications
Civil War Trust (now American Battlefield Trust)

QuoteOf all the sites I’ve visited in the last two years, the best interpreted in my opinion is the CWPT’s Third Winchester Battlefield. Great maps. Great illustration. And most of all, a text summary of the events that prompts the visitor to walk the fields and see for themselves.”

Craig Swain
Online reviewer of historical markers
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QuoteThe cemetery has always had this extremely powerful emotional component. What was lacking was a story to go with the names written on the headstones.”

Macarena Aristegui
American Battle Monuments Commission

QuoteThe historical research is solid and easy to read and reread at your leisure. Great videos, images, and design. The app combines history, technology, and the user experience beautifully.”

Customer review of the Gettysburg Battle App
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QuoteAlong with the Gettysburg Battlefield app the Fredericksburg Battle app represents ground-breaking integration of history with GPS and iPhone technology to change the way we understand these battles.”

Customer review of the Fredericksburg Battle App
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QuoteI live in Fredericksburg, and am always quick to criticize when I find anything about the Battle of Fredericksburg that I think is incorrect. This app is outstanding. I plan to purchase Gettysburg now, and the others as soon as they are released.”

Customer review of the Fredericksburg Battle App
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Reviews on our historical research projects

QuoteIt’s been great working with all of you over the last few years. You guys have done some seriously excellent work for us.”

Richard M. Brodsky
Miles & Stockbridge

QuoteHistory Associates did a great job providing critical research in a short turn-around time – with excellent capabilities, attention to detail, and research knowledge. Their responsiveness and ability to gather the information so quickly was like a concierge service. I would recommend them.”

Solomon Pantuch
Foley & Mansfield

QuoteIt was really great to meet and work with everyone from History Associates. If Jamie, Jason, Allison, and Ariel are a sampling of the company, it is no surprise that you’re the Best Company in History!”

Barry G. Stratford
Perkins Coie LLP

QuoteI have worked with HAI on at least three matters and they are outstanding. They have literally saved us millions of dollars based on their historical archival work.”

Gerry Caron, Counsel
Cabot Corporation

QuoteHistory Associates Inc. has been meticulous in its investigation, going well beyond the original scope of the research. Twelve research historians spent more than 3,500 hours to contact or visit over 75 research archives and examine individual property records at 39 Louisiana parishes.”

JPMorgan Chase
Regarding History Associates’ work on slavery disclosure investigation

QuoteWe would have had a much more difficult, if not impossible, time proving our case, but for the documents and information provided to us by the experienced folks at History Associates.”

Linda Tape, Attorney
Husch Blackwell
Regarding work done by History Associates that contributed significantly to a $1 million settlement for their chemical manufacturer client

QuoteThank you so much for your presentation on Civil War research – our guests learned so much about the incomparable Civil War holdings of the National Archives. In addition, your case studies of actual research projects really helped them understand the power of using original records to answer historical questions. I heard several enthusiastic and positive comments from our visitors about your talk, including from the tour guide.”

Stefanie R. Mathew, Director of Development
Foundation for the National Archives
Regarding Jamie Rife’s presentation “Civil War Research at NARA,” September 2011

QuoteMy research into the origins of Arizona’s modern securities act wasn’t coming up with anything, so I turned to History Associates for help. As historians, they knew the background of the industry and the key players involved right away. They got right to the bottom of the issue and identified potential sources for information, regularly updating me on their progress. They found material in the archives I never would have found, including correspondence from 1949 that showed the thinking processes behind the legislation. I would not have gotten there without their help.”

Richard G. Himelrick, Attorney at Law
Tiffany & Bosco P.A.

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Reviews on our archival services projects

QuoteThe History Associates team was knowledgeable and friendly. They constantly met with us to inform us of their progress and to ask questions and their final recommendations were extremely helpful.”

Anne Marie Casey, Dean of Retention and Student Success
Kathleen Citro, Director, Hunt Library
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

QuoteI am very impressed with the professionalism and competence of History Associates Archivists. They yield predictably excellent outcomes.”

Shaun J. Hardy, Librarian
Carnegie Institution of Washington

QuoteThe donation of this collection with the help of HAI to the Huntington Library insures that the collection is well taken care of and is made available to historic scholars.”

Thomas Taylor, Manager of Biological and Archaeological Resources
Southern California Edison

QuoteShould we need the services of History Associates again, I will not hesitate to contact you. I appreciate very much the way your firm handled the initial inventory of Senator Byrd’s office. That was a huge help to us and we are still benefiting from it.”

Ray Smock, Director
Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, Shepherd University

QuoteFrom the beginning, we were impressed with History Associates and how professional they were in dealing with our office. Everyone was wonderful and I recommended them to other offices as well.”

Pat Doak
U.S. Senate Office

QuoteThe advice, expertise, and workflow that History Associates staff provided has enabled us to more confidently process born digital materials according to developing best practices. As a result of their work we are now in a much better position going forward to manage our digital holdings.”

Marc Levitt, Fmr. Director of Archives
Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies

QuoteI was so impressed with History Associates’ experienced staff and quality services, it was an easy decision to contract with them again.”

Mabi Covarrubias Plisky, Fmr. City Clerk
City of San Buenaventura

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Reviews on our collections management projects

QuoteThe Museum spaces that History Associates worked on are in a far better organizational and conditional state than before they started, and the team was a pleasure to work with.”

Clayton Harper
American Merchant Marine Museum

QuoteThanks for a great job at the DC Grand Lodge. Your team did an excellent job with the data transfer of our collections data into PastPerfect. Everything looks good, and we truly appreciate your labors!”

Kevin Stone Fries, M.L.S., Chair, Museum and Library Committee, 2013
Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia

QuoteCustodians of our cultural heritage are responsible for knowing what assets they have and how to retrieve them. Assisting our clients in the development of a thoughtful, methodical and professional approach to this work has become a vital part of our service offerings. History Associates’ ability to help our clients gain intellectual control over their collections has made them an outstanding partner in a business where trust is the highest value. The History Associates team shares a customer focus, can-do attitude, and professional respect for the cultural objects in their care which sustains their solid reputation in the marketplace.”

John K. Jacobs, President
ARTEX Fine Art Services

QuoteHAI was recommended to me by University of MD, which houses our union archives. Best recommendation I ever received. Everyone’s needs are somewhat ‘custom’; we’re all a little different in the projects we are trying to grow. HAI met EVERY need that I had; many of those were needs that I was unaware of until our relationship began. I would recommend HAI 100%.”

Robert Welch, Director of Operations
United Brotherhood of Carpenters

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