Clinical Professor of History; Director, Archives/Public History Program
New York University, PhD 1988
King Juan Carlos Center, Room 704
Field of Study:
Archival management; Public history; American Christianity; local and community history; institutions and organizations.
Peter J. Wosh directs the graduate program in Archives and Public History at New York University, where he has taught since 1994. His archival and public history career career has included positions at the American Bible Society in New York (1984-1994) and at Seton Hall University and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark in South Orange, New Jersey (1978-1984). His research and writing interests involve both archival topics and American religious history, and his books include: Waldo Gifford Leland and the Origins of the American Archival Profession (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2011); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt, Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); and Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994). Within the Society of American Archivists (SAA), he has served on the governing Council and as Editor of Print and Electronic Publications. He is a Fellow of SAA and a recipient of the Fellows’ Ernst Posner Award for an outstanding essay in the American Archivist (2000). He has also chaired the Book Award Committee of the National Council on Public History, speaks widely at public history and archives conferences, and recently directed a federal grant entitled "Digital History Across the Curriculum" to introduce and integrate new media into the archives and public history program at NYU.
Waldo Gifford Leland and the Origins of the American Archival Profession (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2011)
co-editor, Public Relations and Marketing for Archives (New York: Neal-Schuman, 2011)
Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philaelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005)
co-editor, Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005)
Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994)
co-editor, The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1988)
“Missionary Priests and Faithful Parishioners in Southern New Jersey: A Regional Perspective on Nineteenth-Century Catholicism,” American Catholic Studies (119:3) Fall 2008, pp. 45-63 (Fall 2008)
“University Archives and Educational Partnerships,” Archival Issues (31:1), Fall 2008
“Research and Reality Checks: New York University’s Program in Archival Management and Historical Editing,” American Archivist (63:2, Fall/Winter 2000), 271-283
“Going Postal,” American Archivist (61:2, Spring 1998), pp. 220-239 (winner of the Ernst Posner Prize from the Society of American Archivists)