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For the Japanese cinema author, see Donald Richie.

Donald A. Ritchie (born December 23, 1945) is the Historian of the United States Senate. He was responsible for editing the closed hearing transcripts of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's investigations and has authored a number of books including his latest work, Electing FDR[1]. His book, Press Gallery: Congress and the Washington Correspondents won him the OAH Richard W. Leopold Prize.[2] He has served as president of the Oral History Association and on the councils of the American Historical Association, the International Oral History Association, and the Society for History in the Federal Government.



Ritchie graduated from the City College of New York (1967) and received a Master's Degree (1969) and Ph.D. (1975) from the University of Maryland, College Park. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1969-1971.


  • Electing FDR: The New Deal Campaign of 1932 (University Press of Kansas, 2007)
  • Our Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps (Oxford 2005)
  • Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide (Oxford 2003)
  • American Journalists: Getting the Story (Oxford 1997)
  • The Congress of the United States: A Student Companion (Oxford 1993)
  • Press Gallery: Congress and the Washington Correspondents (Harvard University Press, 1991)
  • James M. Landis: Dean of the Regulators (Harvard 1980)


  • The American Vision, The American Republic, and The American Journey, with Joyce Appleby, Alan Brinkley, Albert Broussard, and James McPherson (Glenooe/McGraw-Hill)

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