The Public Works Historical Society publishes its popular Essays in Public Works History Series to provide a forum for historians and practitioners to publish articles on public works topics.

Completed manuscripts can be 50 to 150 pages in length. They should be well-documented, but not written exclusively for an academic audience. They should be original (i.e., not published before in full and final form). Preference is given for subjects that address events and people from North America. The series includes historical papers on a variety of public works topics, such as:

  • Flood Control and Damage
  • Roads, Streets, and Highways
  • Irrigation
  • Urban Mass Transportation
  • Waterways
  • Community Water Supply
  • Solid Waste
  • Military Installations
  • Planning and Engineering
  • Airways and Airports
  • Public Buildings
  • Parks and Recreations
  • Sewer and Wastewater Treatment
  • Energy and Utilities

Initial screening is provided by a professional historian that serves as editor for the journal series. Final selections are made by a committee comprised of members of the Society that includes both professional historians and public works practitioners.

The Essays in Public Works History Series is copyrighted by the Public Works Historical Society and is available for purchase through APWA as a not for profit project. Authors receive byline recognition for published essays, however the Society does not generally provide financial compensation for published material. Authors receive a nominal number of copies for promotional and personal use.

Potential authors should submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to: Connie Hartline, APWA, 2345 Grand Blvd, Suite 700, Kansas City, M0 64108-2625, 816-595-5258 or chartline@awpa.net.

For additional information about the Society's Essays in Public Works History Series, contact Connie Hartline.  For descriptions and a list of those available, please go to the PWHS Publications page