Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society is the leading scholarly publication and the journal of record in Kentucky history. In addition to research articles (and occasionally historiographic essays), each issue features an extensive book review section, typically on a wide array of U.S. history topics.

Published since 1903, the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society is available in print and electronically on Project MUSE. Archived issues (from 1903 to the present, with a five-year moving wall) are available on JSTOR.

Full Run Table of Contents (PDF) | Index, vols. 68-110 (1970-2012) (PDF)

Current Issue

VOL. 117, NO. 2 | SPRING 2019

Amy Murrell Taylor, Guest Editor

By Amy Murrell Taylor


Dwelling in the Digital Archive: A Meditation on the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Project
By Stephen Berry

“Deeds of Brave Suffering and Lofty Heroism”: Martialised Rhetoric and Kentucky Soldiers
By Lesley J. Gordon

“An Unfortunate Son of Erin”: The Irish in Civil War Kentucky
By David Gleeson

“Literally Destroyed as a Housekeeper”: Hunger and Hardship in Civil War Kentucky
By Anne Sarah Rubin

Texts and Textiles in Civil War Kentucky
By Amy Murrell Taylor

The First Refuge of a Scoundrel
By Mark Wahlgren Summers

“Disturbers of the Peace”: The Kidnapping of John D. Hale and the Long Civil War in Kentucky
By Kenneth Noe

“The Exciting Circumstances of the Rebellion,” or, The Civil War Made Me Do It: Civil War and Emotional Trauma in Kentucky Governors’ Petitions
By Diane Miller Sommerville

Keeping a Disorderly House in Civil War Kentucky
By Crystal Feimster

Tipling Toward Freedom: Alcohol and Emancipation
By Luther Adams

Searching for Caroline: “Disciplined Imagination” and the Limits of the Archive
By Carole Emberton

The “Most Notorious” Mr. Jennings: Coal, Transatlantic Capitalism, and Guerrilla War
By Patrick A. Lewis


Print Subscription

Print edition subscriptions are $40 per year for individuals and $60 per year for institutions, plus 6% sales tax. If you are a tax-exempt organization, please include documentation. To subscribe, call 502-564-1792, or email KHS members receive an electronic subscription as a member benefit.

Back Issues

Recent back issues are available in print for purchase. Regular issues are $12 double issues are $15 plus 6% sales tax. Call 502-564-1792.

Article Submissions

Although dedicated to Kentucky history, the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society  strives to be historiographically relevant to scholars everywhere. We, therefore, seek article submissions that effectively engage in significant scholarly debates. We subject submitted manuscripts to a rigorous review and editing process before we publish them. We welcome submissions on all aspects and time periods of Kentucky history. Currently, we are taking submission for this special issue:

  • Beyond the War on Poverty: New Perspectives on Appalachia since 1970 (2020). Submission deadline: October 1, 2018

Prospective authors should watch for our posted Calls for Papers on H-Kentucky and elsewhere.

To inquire or to submit a manuscript, email Dr. Stephanie Lang, Associate Editor.

Submission Guide (PDF) | Style Guide (Word)