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 have a commitment to historical study, which may be demonstrated in one or more of the following ways:

  • advanced degree or two years of graduate study in history or related field
  • teaching background
  • publications, films, exhibitions
  • other work of scholarly merit
  • staff or docent experience in a museum

Members receive:

  • A forum for the presentation of their work in a collegial, supportive atmosphere
  • 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)
  • Enclose check for $40 (returned if declined)
  • Mail to: Richard Robbins, Membership Chair (“Contact Us” address at right)


Contact Us

Institute for Historical Study
P.O. Box 5743
Berkeley, CA 94705

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