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Donald A. Ritchie, American historian. Recipient Forrest C. Pogue award, Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region, 1984, Henry Adams prize, Society for History in the Federal Government, 1992; grantee Research Grant, Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, 1974.


Ritchie, Donald A. was born on December 23, 1945 in New York City, New York, United States. Son of Arthur V. and Jeannette M. Ritchie.


He graduated from the City College of New York in 1967. And received a master's degree, in 1969, and a Ph.D., in 1975, from the University of Maryland, College Park.


He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969 to 1971. In 2009 he became the Senate historian, succeeding Richard Baker, and held that post until his retirement in 2015. Ritchie was responsible for editing the closed hearing transcripts of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's investigations, and has authored a number of books including Electing FDR. He has served as president of the Oral History Association and on the councils of the American Historical Association and the International Oral History Association, as well as on the board of the Society for History in the Federal Government.


  • His book Press Gallery: Congress and the Washington Correspondents won him the Richard W. Leopold Prize of the Organization of American Historians.



Member of Intenrat. Oral History Association (council member since 2004), National Council on Public History (nominating committee 1992-1995), Society for History in the Federal Government (council member 1989-1991), Organization of America Historians (nominating board 1985-1987), American History Association (council member 1992-1996), Oral History Association (president 1986-1987), Arts and Humanities Alumni Association, University of Maryland 2002-2004.


Married Anne G. Campbell, June 18, 1988. Children: Jennifer Reid, Andrea Campbell.

Arthur V.

Jeannette M. Ritchie

Anne G. Campbell

Jennifer Reid Ritchie

Andrea Campbell Ritchie