The Southern Historical Association (SHA), founded as the Southern History Association, is an organization of historians
focusing on the history of the Southern United States
(commonly referred to as Southern history). It was organized on November 2, 1934. Its objectives are the promotion of interest and research in Southern history, the collection and preservation of the South
's historical records, and the encouragement of state and local historical societies in the South. As a secondary purpose the organization fosters the teaching and study of all areas of history in the South.
The SHA publishes the ''Journal of Southern History''. The association's 2009 president was Jack Temple Kirby
, who died on August 6, 2009; vice president William J. Cooper
presided in his stead at the SHA's annual meeting in November 2009. John B. Boles
is editor of the ''Journal of Southern History'', and Stephen W. Berry II
is the organization's secretary-treasurer.
The SHA maintains two permanent offices: the editorial offices, located at Rice University
, and the secretary-treasurer's office, located at the University of Georgia
Among the association founders was Thomas Perkins Abernethy
, of Lowndes County, Alabama
, W. Darrell Overdyke
of Centenary College
, and Philip M. Hamer
of the National Archives
Virginia History Series: Thomas Perkins Abernethy
Past SHA presidents included Charles P. Roland (1981), Anne Firor Scott (1989), and Carl Degler (1986).
Southern Historical Association website
''Journal of Southern History'' web page
Category:Organizations established in 1934
Category:Historical societies of the United States
Category:History of the Southern United States