The Historical Society of Nigeria was established in 1955 at the University College Ibadan. The founding fathers include distinguished Scholars like Kenneth O. Dike and Abdullahi Smith.
Membership of the Society is open to all persons genuinely interested and committed to the promotion of Historical scholarship in general and Nigerian History in particular. New members will on admission pay the admission fee as in operation at the time of admission. New members will subscribe to the oath of membership as prescribed in the constitution of HSN.