The Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (AHA) was formed as a branch of the AHA in 1903 and currently has a membership of nearly 3,000. It is composed of all members of the Association living in the western states and provinces of the United States and Canada.
A professional organization of teachers, professors, researchers, librarians, writers, and publishers, the Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA holds an annual convention, usually selecting an area of historical or recreational interest for the conference location. The AHA promotes the study of history by encouraging and facilitating research and professional activities. It also publishes The American Historical Review
The Pacific Coast Branch awards prizes for scholarly books and articles, including the W. Turrentine Jackson Award, given to the author of the most outstanding dissertation on any aspect of the history of the American West in the twentieth century.
Pacific Historical Review
For over 80 years, the Pacific Historical Review has accurately and adeptly covered the history of American expansion to the Pacific and beyond, as well as the post-frontier developments of the 20th-century American West. Recent articles have discussed:
- Empires, Frontiers, Filibusters, and Pioneers: The Transnational World of John Sutter
- City of the Changers: Watershed Transformations and Indigenous Persistence in Seattle
- “America’s Chinese”: Anti-Communism, Citizenship, and Cultural Diplomacy during the Cold War
- “Beyond This World of Transiency and Impermanence”: Japanese Americans, Dharma Bums, and the Making of American Buddhism during the Early Cold War Years
- An Unladylike Strike Fashionably Clothed: Mexicana and Anglo Women Garment Workers Against Tex-Sun, 1959-1963
- Crossing Boundaries, Creating a Homeland: The Mexican-Chinese Transpacific Journey to Becoming Mexican, 1930s-1960s
- On Coral Reefs, Volcanoes, Gods, and Patriotic Geology; Or, James Dwight Dana Assembles the Pacific Basin
- “In a Race All Their Own”: The Quest to Make Mexicans Ineligible for U.S. Citizenship
- Western Women’s History: A Forum
Every 170-page issue of the Pacific Historical Review features an extensive section devoted to book reviews--"roughly thirty in each issue--"plus frequent review essays. The "Historical News" section provides you with information about key figures in the PCB-AHA, as well as announcements for fellowships and awards. The Pacific Historical Review also includes notes and documents, historiographies, and forums on a broad range of topics.
Pacific Historical Review is now accepting applications for Editorial Fellowships! Click here for more information!