History of the Western Historical Quarterly

Memorandum of Understanding between Western History Association and Utah State University:

"Since the WESTERN HISTORY ASSOCIATION seeks to establish a learned quarterly journal in the field of western American history and UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY desires to make a contribution toward the advancement of scholarship in the field of western American history, the WESTERN HISTORY ASSOCIATION and UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY hereby mutually agree on the publication of a learned journal to be called The Western Historical Quarterly (hereafter referred to as WHQ). WHQ is to be the official organ of Western History Association and will reflect the interests and research of serious scholars of the history of Western North America (i.e., the United States frontier and regional West, the borderlands of Mexico, and the frontier and western regions of Canada and Alaska)." --15 May 1969

Founded in 1969, the Western Historical Quarterly, official journal of the Western History Association, presents original articles dealing with the North American West—expansion and colonization, indigenous histories, regional studies (including western Canada, northern Mexico, Alaska, and Hawaii), and transnational, comparative, and borderland histories. Each issue contains reviews and notices of significant books, as well as recent articles, in the field.

For a discussion of how Utah State University supported establishment of the Western Historical Quarterly and a description of the journal's five decades at USU, see:

S. George Ellsworth, "Ten Years: An Editor's Report," WHQ 10 no. 4 (October 1979): 421-436.

David Rich Lewis, "Forty Years of the Western Historical Quarterly,” WHA Newsletter Spring 2009.

David Rich Lewis, "Forty-Seven Years: An Editor’s Report and Inventory," WHQ 46 no.4 (Winter 2015):

WHQ Editors and Staff, 1970 to present

WHQ Editorial Fellows, 1969 to present

WHQ Editorial Board Members, 1970 to present

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