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 115, No.4 (Autumn 2017)

Defeated by the Accreditors: The Rise and Fall of Big-Time Football at Centre College, 1915-1926
By Andrew Doyle, associate professor of history, Winthrop University

“Doing Just What the Others were Doing”: The University of Kentucky Wildcats and the Debate over Commercialized College Athletics, 1946-1954
By Chad Carlson, associate professor of kinesiology, Hope College

“On the Opposite Side of the Fence”: The University of Kentucky and the Racial Desegregation of the Southeastern Conference
By S Zebulon Baker, senior associate director of the University Honors Program, Miami University

From “Pitifully Ignorant” to the “People’s Champion”: Shifting Perceptions of Muhammad Ali in the Louisville Defender, 1964-1971
By Stephen Townsend, doctoral student, University of Queensland (Australia)


“I Got the Horse Right Here”: New Directions in Horseracing Scholarship

By Katherine C. Mooney, assistant professor of history, Florida State University

Print Subscription

Print edition subscriptions are $40 per year for individuals and $60 for institutions. To subscribe, call 502-564-1792, ext. 4421, or email KHSPublications@ky.gov. KHS members receive and 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, ext. 4421.

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:

  • Women’s Suffrage in Kentucky (2020). Submission deadline: Aug. 15, 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. David Turpie, editor.

Submission Guidelines (PDF) | Register Styleguide (Word)