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. 3-4 (Summer/Autumn 2018)

Rural Life and Agriculture in Kentucky
Sara Egge and David Hamilton, Guest Editors

Rural Life in the Commonwealth

“Completely Sold on Birth Control”: Rural Outreach in Kentucky, 1933–1942
By Courtney Kisat

“To keep all their topsoil from washing away”: Writer Jesse Stuart and the Maintenance of the Twentieth-Century Rural Landscape of Kentucky
By Dale Potts

Recreating Boone’s Wilderness at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
By Angela Sirna

Underground Wilderness? Mammoth Cave National Park, the Wilderness Act of 1964, and the Limits of Preservation
By Alyssa Warrick

Kentucky Agriculture

Sowing Seeds and Reclaiming the Commons: Possibilities and Pathways for the Future of Appalachian Agricultural History
By Cody Miller

Stinking Creek Stories: Memory, Agriculture, and Community in Rural Southeastern Kentucky
By Kathryn Engle

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)