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.3 (Summer 2017)

More Than a Congressman’s Mistress: Ambition and Scandal in the Life of Madeleine Pollard
By Elizabeth De Wolfe, professor of history at the University of New England

Confronting a Petty Tyrant: Patriarchy and Protest at Millersburg Female College, 1880–1884
By Charles L. Davis, professor emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Kentucky

The Skirted Sheriff: Florence Thompson and the Nation’s Last Public Execution
By Carrie Pitzulo, PhD, author of Bachelors and Bunnies: The Sexual Politics of Playboy

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 these special issues:

  • Debating War in Kentucky (2019). Submission deadline: Aug. 15, 2017
  • 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 (PDF)