What is the CHA?

Founded in 1922, the Canadian Historical Association | La Société historique du Canada is a bilingual not-for-profit and charitable association devoted to fostering the scholarly study and communication of history in Canada. It is the largest of its kind in the country.

The Association seeks to encourage the integration of historical knowledge and perspectives in both the scholarly and public spheres, to ensure the accessibility of historical resources, and to defend the rights and freedoms of emerging and professional historians in the pursuit of historical inquiry as well as those of history degree holders who utilize the analytical, research, communication, and writing skills they acquired during their studies to pursue a variety of career paths inside or outside of academia.

With members from across Canada and around the world, the CHA|SHC serves professional historians, history degree holders and anyone with an interest in history. A non-profit organization incorporated in 1970, the CHA|SHC has charitable status and as such can issue official donation receipts.

For a more comprehensive history of the CHA, please see the pamphlet:  Donald Wright. The Canadian Historical Association: A History

Researchers wanting to know more about the CHA can consult CHA archives that have been deposited at Library and Archives Canada. 

Canadian Historical Association Fonds                                   

Finding Aid No. 254

CHA By-Laws

CHA Affiliations

The Canadian Historical Association is an affiliated member of:

The American Historical Association

L'Association des archivistes du Québec

The Association of Canadian Archivists

The Canadian Association of Learned Journals

The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The International Committee of Historical Sciences

The National Council on Public History

The Organization of American Historians


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Canadian Historical Association
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