Join Us

“Our members are among the most wonderful,
funny, and intelligent people
I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.”

—impromptu remark offered by a 20-year member

We welcome all men and women who show a commitment to historical study, such as:

  • Working on a history-based project of scholarly merit
  • History-focused publications, films, exhibitions, tours, talks, etc.
  • Graduate study in history or a related discipline
  • History teaching background
  • History museum staff or docent experience

Members receive:

  • A collegial, supportive forum for presenting their work
  • Opportunities to meet and learn from scholars with similar and varied interests
  • Quarterly Newsletter and e-mail updates
  • Invitations to special events
  • Member roster, listing members’ areas of interest

Members are also eligible for: 

  • Mini-grants for research expenses
  • Fiscal sponsorship for grants
  • Assistance with grant applications
  • Exposure for their projects on this website
  • Book reviews in Institute newsletter
  • University of California, Berkeley library cards at a discount
  • Letters of introduction to libraries and archives
  • Institute letterhead for professional correspondence

To apply:

  • Membership dues are $40 per calendar year
  • Complete application (Download Here)
  • Send $40 by check or PayPal (returned if membership is declined)
  • Mail to: Richard Robbins, Membership Chair (“Contact Us” address at right)


Contact Us

Institute for Historical Study
1399 Queens Road
Berkeley, CA 94708

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