The Institute for Historical Study is an active, independent community of researchers, writers, and artists. Our common bond is a devotion to history in its many forms. Through wide-ranging programs, we share research, ideas, and practical advice and provide a public forum for the discussion of history. We encourage both independent scholars and historians in academic and other institutions to join, and we offer numerous membership benefits.
The Institute was chartered by the State of California as a 501(c)3 non-profit, public benefit corporation in 1980. A grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation helped support its early development. We sponsored the first West Coast conference on independent scholarship and helped establish the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, co-sponsoring two conferences.