Essays in Public Works Call For Abstracts 

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 100 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: planning and engineering; roads, streets and highways; waterways; sewer and wastewater treatment; public buildings; urban mass transportation; flood control and damage; military installations; 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 by July 17, 2015, to:  Dr. Janet R. Bednarek, Department of History, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH, 45469-1540 or

For additional information about the Society's Essays in Public Works History Series and a list of previous publications, contact  Connie Hartlline