Welcome to the research section of the SHAFR website, which includes selected Resources for historical research, a list of Funding opportunities, and a set of Archive Guides compiled from the pages of Passport: A SHAFR Review.  SHAFR also serves as a voice for the concerns of researchers, including the need to protect access to and to preserve historical documents for future generations of scholars.

Documents Preservation and Access: An Important Concern for Historians

On behalf of foreign relations scholars, SHAFR works with the following organizations on preservation and access issues:

The National Coalition for History

National Coalition for HistorySHAFR is a member organization of the National Coalition for History, an umbrella group that represents a range of U.S. organizations and institutions committed to historical research, interpretation, and education.  Among its many activities, the National Coalition supports U.S. government records preservation and access.

If you would like to subscribe to the free National Coalition electronic newsletter or its alerts on impending legislation and other actions pertaining to the National Archives and Records Administration, declassification, and so forth, please visit their site:

The current SHAFR delegate to the National Coalition for History is Kristin Hoganson.  You may contact her about issues pertaining to the National Coalition and its mission at the following address:

The U.S. State Department Office of the Historian

State Department logoSHAFR also works with the State Department Office of the Historian on government documents preservation and access issues.  More information on this office can be found at, which is also an excellent repository of background information on the history of the State Department (including biographies of its key personnel) as well as access to online versions of historical documents including many volumes in the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series.

The chair of the advisory committee to the Historical Office also chairs SHAFR’s Committee on Historical Documentation. It is currently Richard Immerman, who can be reached at