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

Volume 116, No. 2 (Spring 2018)

Irregular Violence and Trauma in Civil War Kentucky
Guest Editor: Matthew Christopher Hulbert

The Terror of Kentucky: Sue Mundy’s Highly Gendered War against Convention
By Joseph M. Beilein Jr.

The Radicalization of “Bloody-Handed” Bill Davison: How a Union Soldier Became a Pro-Confederate Bushwhacker
By Stuart W. Sanders

Guerrillas in the Archive: Kentucky’s Irregular War through the Governor’s Eyes
By Andrew Fialka


Print Subscription

Print edition subscriptions are $40 per year for individuals and $60 for institutions. 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. 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)