Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


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The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture supports scholars and scholarship focused on the expansive field of early American history.

We produce award-winning scholarly monographs, publish the leading journal in the field, the William and Mary Quarterly, and sponsor events including conferences designed to bring together scholars for robust exchange. We also offer a range of fellowship programs and a rigorous training program for editorial apprentices.

As part of our ongoing commitment to excellence in early American scholarship, we also offer a variety of lectures and learning opportunities—in Williamsburg and via digital media—at no charge. These include lectures designed for both scholarly and non-scholarly audiences, such as the Council and William and Mary Quarterly Prize lectures, and talks given with a primarily academic audience in mind, such as the Vast Early America lecture series as well as the popular Doing History podcast series.

Housed on the campus of its primary sponsor William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, the OI is an independent research organization established in 1943. The name of benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Malvern H. Omohundro, Jr., was added in 1996 in recognition of their generous support of our work.