Charlene Bangs Bickford

Title:
Director and Co-Editor, First Federal Congress Project
Address: 2120 L Street, NW #255
Phone: 202-676-6777
Email:
[email protected]

Charlene Bangs Bickford is a historian of colonial America. Director of the First Federal Congress Project, she has been an editor on 17 volumes of the Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, 1789-1791.  She also co-authored Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress, 1789-1791, and curated an online exhibit of the same name.  A co-editor of Creating the Bill of Rights: The Documentary Record from the First Federal Congress, Bickford has also authored several articles and lectured on many topics relating to the First Federal Congress. Her teaching experience includes research seminars on the Early Republic at GWU, a course in historical documentary editing for George Mason University, and institutes for secondary school teachers. A former president of both the Society for History in the Federal Government and of the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE), Bickford has chaired the ADE’s Federal Policy Committee since 1981. She advocates for history programs at the federal level, serving on the Board of the National Coalition for History and the steering committee for the National Humanities Alliance’s annual Humanities Advocacy Day. (Complete C.V.)

Publications

"Founding Fathers Face the Senate." Documentary Editing (Spring/Summer 2008): 56-78.

"Documents Printed for the First Federal Congress and Their Importance to Historical Research." DttP: Documents to the People (Spring 2008): 39-41.

"Throwing Open the Doors: The First Federal Congress and the Eighteenth Century Media." In Inventing Congress: Origins and Establishment of the First Federal Congress, ed. Bowling and Kennon. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1999.

"Setting Precedent: The First Session of the First Federal Congress" and "New York’s Delegation to the First Federal Congress." In Well Begun: Chronicles of the Early National Period, ed. Schechter and Bernstein. Albany, NY: New York State Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, 1989.

The First Federal Congress: A Second Sitting of the Federal Convention." Manuscripts XXXIX, no.4 (Fall 1987). Co-authored with Kenneth R. Bowling.

"Launching the Ship of State: The First Federal Congress and the Constitution." In The Blessings of Liberty: Bicentennial Lectures at the National Archives, ed. Robert S. Peck. Chicago: ABA Press, 1986.

"The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress." Prologue: the Journal of the National Archives (Fall 1986).

"‘Public attention is very much fixed on the proceedings of the New Congress:’ The First Federal Congress Begins its Work." This Constitution (December 1984). Reprinted in Inventing Congress: Origins and Establishment of the First Federal Congress, ed. Bowling and Kennon. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1999.