Publication Date

November 1, 2002

Perspectives Section


The Society for History in the Federal Government has awarded the James Madison Prize for 2002 to K. Walter Hickel, a historian at the National Library of Medicine, for his article, "War, Region, and Social Welfare: Federal Aid to Servicemen's Dependents in the South, 1917–1921—which appeared in the Journal of American History, 87:4 (March 2001),1362–91. The society’s Charles Thomson Prize was awarded to J. Samuel Walker, chief historian of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, for his article, “Nuclear Power and NOnproliferation: The Controversy over Nuclear Exports,” which appeared in Diplomatic History, 25:2 (spring 2001), 215–49.

The society will hold its next annual meeting March 14–15, 2003, at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies on the campus of Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The theme for this conference will be "Federal Records and the Cause of History." Paper and panel proposals are invited on a broad range of events, institutions, individuals, technology, and issues that have affected our ability and right to information in a democratic context. Complete panel proposals are preferred. A 100–200 word abstract and brief c.v. should be sent by December 1, 2002, to the Program Chair, Dr. Roger D. Launius, Division of Space History, Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, NASM Room 3560, MRC 311, Washington, DC 20013-7102. 202.633.2428. Fax 202.784.2947.E-Mail:

Details about the society's awards, annual meeting, and other activities can be obtained from the SHFG web site,

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