Tennessee Historical Quarterly

Tennessee Historical Quarterly


One of the best state historical journals in the United States, the Tennessee Historical Quarterly is published by the Tennessee Historical Society four times a year. This scholarly, illustrated journal features the finest articles, book reviews, and edited primary materials covering all aspects and periods of Tennessee and southern history.


All members of the Tennessee Historical Society receive a subscription to the Tennessee Historical Quarterly. More than 300 universities, public libraries, museums, and schools also subscribe. To join the THS and get the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, go to Membership.


The Tennessee Historical Society has published a journal since 1896, and the Tennessee Historical Quarterly title began in 1942. 2017 marks the THQ’s 75th year of publication. The Tennessee Historical Quarterly is published with support from the Tennessee Historical Commission.


The Tennessee Historical Quarterly and the other THS journals — Tennessee Historical Magazine (1915-1937) and American Historical Magazine (1896-1904 ) are available in digital format at JSTOR. THS members have full access to THS publications on JSTOR though the Members Only portal.


For non-members of the THS, limited access to JSTOR materials is available for free through the JSTOR Register and Read program.

Summer 2017: Cherokees, Music, Politics & More

 Rediscovering Antoine-Phillipe d’Orléans, Duc de Montpensier’s View of the Cherokee Town of Tokuo
by Gregory A. Waslekov


The Multifaceted Music Career of Sarah Davis Smith in Mid-Nineteenth Century Tennessee
by Candace Bailey


(Almost) All in the Family: A Research Note on the 2006 Ford-Corker Senate Election
by Michael Nelson


Book Reviews

Spring 2017 –Adelicia Acklen and Belmont Mansion Special Issue

Now Out of Print But More Available in 2018

 Adelicia Acklen: Beyond the “Belmont” Legend and Lore
by Brenda Jackson-Abernathy


Belmont Mansion: An Icon of the American Country House Movement
by Jerry Trescott


“Making a Display”: Adelicia Acklen’s Tennessee Family Portraits
by Rachel Stephens


Grounds of “Improvement”: The Belmont Mansion Garden
By Judy Bullington

The Tennessee Historical Society publishes special issues from time to time. For more information on purchasing any of these issues, email the THS. Discounts available for purchases of 10 or more copies. Postage and sales tax extra.

20th Century Tennessee Artists (Color edition, $15)

Antebellum Tennessee Furniture (Color edition, $15)

Tennessee Silver (Color edition, $10)

Adelicia Acklen & Belmont Mansion (Color edition, $20 — Available 2018)

Tennessee and the War of 1812 ($10)

Battle of Nashville ($10)

Tennessee Portrait Painting (Color edition, limited number available. No discounts. $25)

Email Membership or call us at 615 741 8934.


For information on submissions to the Tennessee Historical Quarterly or for information on book reviews, email the THQ editor Kristofer Ray or contact him at:


Dr. Kristofer Ray, THQ Editor
P.O. Box 89
Post Mills, VT 05058


Submission Guidelines


To view submission guidelines, click here.


Kristofer Ray, PhD, Independent Scholar


Managing Editor

Ann Toplovich, Tennessee Historical Society



Cameron McDonald


Board of Editorial Advisors

Jonathan Atkins, Berry College

Kevin Barksdale, Marshall University

Richard J. M. Blackett, Vanderbilt University

Beverly Bond, University of Memphis

Carole Stanford Bucy, Volunteer State Community College

Daniel Feller, The University of Tennessee

The Tennessee Historical Society presents the Walter T. Durham Award for Best Article in Tennessee History is awarded on an annual basis for the best essay published in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly The award includes a cash prize of $250.


The Walter Durham award was created in 2011 to honor a man who greatly influenced the study of Tennessee history over the last fifty years. He wrote twenty-three monographs and numerous articles on topics ranging from the frontier experience to the complexities of the Civil War to the cultural impact of horse racing in the early 20th century. Until his death earlier this year, he also served as Tennessee State Historian.


Past winners include:


2012 — Susan Abram, Western Carolina University, “‘To Keep Bright the Bonds of Friendship’: The Making of a Cherokee-American Alliance during the Creek War.”


2013 – Bruce Baker, Newcastle College (UK), “The Growth of Towns after the Civil War

and the Casualization of Black Labor, 1865-1880.”


2014 — To be announced.


2015 — To be announced


2016 – To be announced

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