Indexes: A Critical Component Of Any Successful History Book Margie Towery has given her permission for current members of the H-A SIG to modify and expand the article below to fit other contexts, such as archaeology or specialist newsletters and formats. Please acknowledge Towery’s article in your adaptation with phrasing such as “Author acknowledges Margie Towery’s 1997 Organization of American Historians article as a model for this one.”

Margie Towery is an award-winning indexer, member of the American Society for Indexing, and former coordinator of the History-Archaeology Special Interest Group (SIG). For more information about the History-Archaeology SIG, go to our home page. For more information about ASI, go to To contact the author, write to Ms. Towery.

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