Catalogs & Research Tools

KHS maintains online catalogs of artifacts, books, manuscripts, rare books and other types of collections. Our catalogs are always being updated with new materials.

KHS Catalogs, Publications and Databases

Library Catalog

Books and archival collections

Digital Collections

Digitized images and documents; finding aids for manuscript collections.

Artifacts Catalog

Objects in KHS collections.

Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition

Kentucky Ancestors Online

The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Find the latest issues (above) on Project MUSE (subscribers only). Older issues are at JStor.

Historical Marker Database

Explore KY History

Pass the Word

A centralized database for oral history collections publicly accessible through Kentucky libraries, museums and archives.

More Research Tools

Access these while at the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library.

Ancestry Library Edition

Louisville Courier-Journal Online (1830-1922)

American Periodicals (1740-1940)

Fold3 Library Edition, U.S. military records

University Press of Kentucky

A collection of over 1,000 downloadable electronic books from University Press of Kentucky.

Kentucky Virtual Library

If you can’t get to Frankfort to use the KHS subscription, contact your local public or school librarian for help accessing this service.

Anywhere-Anytime Use

These sources are available without charge to anyone with an Internet connection.


Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Kentucky Genealogical Society

Kentucky Land Office

Kentucky National Digital Newspaper Program (University of Kentucky Libraries)

Kentucky Photo Archive (from the Lexington Herald-Leader)