About the Journal

Rochester History is a scholarly journal that provides informative articles about the history and culture of Rochester, Monroe County, and the Genesee Valley, all located in New York State. Former city historian Blake McKelvey published the first quarterly issue in January 1939 with the goal of expanding the knowledge of local history. In 2023, RIT Press partnered with the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the RIT History department to publish Rochester History. The journal is published biannually (spring and fall) and is funded in part by the Frances Kenyon Publication Fund, established in memory of Ms. Kenyon’s sister, Florence Taber Kenyon, and her friend Thelma Jeffries.

Rochester History Spring 2023

Back Issues and Index

Visit the Rochester Public Library website for PDF files of back issues and an index.

Submission Guidelines

The journal invites submissions of manuscripts that further its mission of increasing knowledge of and interest in local history and culture and of placing local issues into a national or global context. Articles should be submitted via email to historyjournal@libraryweb.org. Please carefully review our submission guidelines and prepare your manuscript accordingly. If you have questions or would like more information, please send an email to the above address or call the journal editor, Christine L. Ridarsky, at (585) 428-8095.

Editorial Board

Molly Ball, University of Rochester

dann j. Broyld, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Tamar Carroll, Rochester Institute of Technology

Michelle R. Finn, City of Rochester/Rochester Public Library

Michael Galban, Ganondagan State Historic Site/Seneca Art & Culture Center

Nancy Hewitt, Rutgers University (Emeritus)

Arlette Miller Smith, St. John Fisher University (Retired)

Michael Oberg, SUNY Geneseo

Henry Padrón-Morales, Hipocampo Books

Aisha Pierre, National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

Carolyn Vacca, Monroe County and St. John Fisher University