About Us

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.

Our history:
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.

American Historical Association
National Coalition for History
National Coalition of Independent Scholars

We Promote:

  •  the study and discussion of history outside the traditional classroom setting
  •  research, writing, performances, exhibitions, and other expressions of historical study
  •  non-traditional and interdisciplinary areas of study as well as traditional approaches to history



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We welcome all men and women who have a commitment to historical study, which may be demonstrated in one or more of the following ways...


Contact Us

Institute for Historical Study
1399 Queens Road
Berkeley, CA 94708
IHS Admin

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