Water Rights and Adjudications

Water Rights and Adjudications

Since 1974, HRA has been providing historical expertise in complex water rights litigation and adjudications. Our research helps attorneys, tribes, and federal agencies support or challenge claimed priority dates. Our historians conduct research in federal and state archives, state engineer offices, government documents, special collections, and private manuscript collections. From these records, we prepare comprehensive, […]

Native American Issues

Native American Issues

Federal, state, and private attorneys rely on HRA to help them understand the deep historical roots of present-day legal issues involving American Indian tribes. We provide archival research, document management, report preparation, and expert witness testimony. HRA assists attorneys with discovery, interrogatories, preparation of briefs, reviewing opposing expert witness reports, and trial preparation. We also […]

Expert Witness Services

Expert Witness Services

HRA historians have prepared expert witness reports and have provided expert testimony on a variety of historical topics, with an emphasis on Native American and environmental issues.We have also helped attorneys with identifying, selecting, and working with experts outside of HRA. We understand the litigation process and the expectations for expert reports and testimony. Our […]

Contaminated Sites

Contaminated Sites

HRA assists attorneys, agencies, and environmental and engineering firms with determining which entities should contribute to cleanup costs for contaminated sites. Our historical research into corporate ownership and succession, land ownership, methods and volumes of production, and sources of possible contamination plays a key role in identifying potentially responsible parties (PRPs). Using corporate records, industry […]

Oral History

Oral History

HRA conducts oral history interviews with a wide range of participants, from technical staff to tribal representatives.

Land Use Histories

Land Use Histories

Using historical maps, aerial photographs, field examinations, title searches, and archived and published documents, HRA historians trace the background of important sites. These include public and private lands, disputed roadways, Indian reservations, water sources, and historic travel corridors. We provide public and private clients with research, analysis, and reports to address issues such as land […]

Interpretive Planning and Exhibit Development

Interpretive Planning and Exhibit Development

HRA provides research, writing, layout, and design for various forms of interpretive content. We develop exhibits and historical displays for a variety of clients, including museums and historical societies, universities, medical centers, commercial and retail spaces, and public venues. Our historians gather documentary evidence (archival records, photographs, and maps) and conduct oral histories, then analyze […]

Digital History

Digital History

HRA, in partnership with the University of West Florida, has created one of the most innovative and comprehensive heritage tourism apps on the market—Next Exit History™. This mobile app is optimized for iOS7 and Android devices, and can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Storeor Google Play. Unlike apps that are geared toward one organization or one […]

Books and Published Materials

Books and Published Materials

HRA writes book length manuscripts suitable for a wide variety of audiences, from academics to the general public. Our books have included everything from National Park Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ administrative histories to coffee-table publications.

Administrative and Corporate History

Administrative and Corporate History

By helping managers, staff, and stakeholders understand their past, our administrative and corporate histories enhance a company’s ability to address issues, evaluate and develop policy, formulate strategic plans, and direct change. Starting with clear prose and compelling illustrations, these histories take many shapes. From books and brochures to video documentaries, websites, and interpretive exhibits, we […]