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. 2020 marks the THQ’s 79th 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 (1915–37) and American Historical Magazine (1896–1904 ) are available in digital format at JSTOR. Limited access to JSTOR materials is available for free through the JSTOR Register and Read program.

Summer 2023 Issue

Featuring the Freedmen’s Bureau and Child Labor, Robert F. Kennedy’s Address at Vanderbilt, Historic Preservation in Evergreen, Memphis & more

Economy over Education: The Freedmen’s Bureau, Child Labor, and Schooling by Suchir Joshi

Between Civic Dissent and Ornate Idealism: Robert F. Kennedy’s Address to the Impact Symposium at Vanderbilt University, March 21, 1968 by Brian Keith Clardy

“It Felt Like I Was Driving through a Neighborhood Once Again”: Historic Preservation and Neighborhood Revitalization in Evergreen, Memphis, 1979-1994 by Troy A. Hallsell

Historical Note: Donald Davidson: Jesse Stuart’s Mentor, Editor, and Friend by James M. Gifford

Book Reviews

Spring 2023 Issue

Featuring Grace Chester, Civil War Historical Records, Boss Crump, Remembering Dr. Bobby Lee Lovett & more

Grace’s Places: One Madam’s Reign in Nashville, Tennessee, 1894-1933 by Virginia Cain

The Battle for the Historical Record by Riley Sullivan

You Will Be Policed: Boss Crump, the New Deal, and the Price of Black Defiance in FDR’s America by Joel Sturgeon

Remembering Bobby Lee Lovett, PhD (1943-2022) by Linda T. Wynn

Book Reviews

Winter 2022 Issue

Featuring Isaac Broome’s Sketches, Brainerd Mission School & more

Illustrating Utopia: Isaac Broome’s Sketches of the Ruskin Colony in Late Nineteenth Century Tennessee by William Carlisle McKeown

“A Memorial to Peace”: White Protestant Claims to Cherokee Mission Landscapes in Southeastern Tennessee and the Disavowal of History, 1890-1960 by Sean Jacobson

Historical Note: The Boyd Civil War Frauds by Robert A. Wasmer

Book Reviews

Fall 2022 Issue

Featuring Ulysses S. Grant at Shiloh, Senator Howard Baker and the Watergate Committee & more

“Lick ’em Tomorrow, Though”: Ulysses S. Grant at Shiloh by James Lee McDonough

“What Did the President Know and When Did he Know It?”: Senator Howard Baker’s Political Courage on the Senate Watergate Committee by Bailey D. Barnes

Historical Note: Methodology for Generating Missing Confederate Casualty Numbers for Civil War Battles: The 1864 Battle of Nashville by Phillip R. Kemmerly

Book Reviews

Summer 2022 Issue

Featuring Vectors of Memory and Reconciliation, Vanderbilt Football, a history of the Tennessee State Library & Archives, & more

Vectors of Memory and Reconciliation: Joint Encampments, the Confederate Museum, Cultural Production, and the Spanish-American War by Steven Bare

When Vanderbilt Ruled the South: A Review of Football and Playing Grounds 1890-1940 by Chad Seifried and Adam Pfleegor

Preserving the Past for the Future: A History of the Tennessee State Library & Archives by Charles A. Sherrill

Book Reviews

Spring 2022 Issue

Special Full Color Issue featuring selected maps from the Tennessee State Library & Archives

An Introduction to the Map Collection of the Tennessee State Library & Archives by Charles A. Sherrill

Indigenous Peoples and Pioneers

Boundaries: Pushing Westward

Transportation and Natural Resources


Military and Conflict

Beyond Borders

Winter 2021 Issue

Featuring Tennessee Menageries and Zoos, Casualty Rates in A.P. Stewart’s Corps at Franklin, Sallie Polk Fall, Documents of Thomas J. Lattner, & more

“Necessary Luxuries: Pets, Menageries, Circuses, and Zoos in Tennessee” by Danielle M. Ullrich

“Environment, Earthworks, and Artillery Efficacy: Casualty Rates in A.P Stewart’s Corps at Franklin” by Philip R. Kemmerly

“The Social Lioness of Nashville: The Life and Legacy of Sallie Polk Fall” by Zacharie W. Kinslow and Benjamin Livengood

“Documents: The Strange Credit Report (1851-1860) of Thomas J. Lattner of Chattanooga” by Robert Scott Davis

Book Reviews

Summer/Fall 2021 Double Issue

Featuring Fort Henry Revisited, Red Cross Women in Madison County, Research Note on Elisha Cheek, & more

“Reduction of Fort Henry Revisited: The First Confederate Forfeit” by H. G. Adams

“The Medical Work of the Red Cross Women in Madison County, Tennessee” by Alice-Catherine Carls

“Research Note: Elisha Cheek and the Murder at Cheek’s Stand” by Joseph C. Douglas

Book Reviews

Spring 2021 Issue

Special Full-Color Issue featuring Tennessee at 225 Collection Items & more

“Tennessee at 225 and the Collection at the Tennessee State Museum” by Dan E. Pomeroy

Introducing Tennessee at 225: Highlights from the Collection by Annabeth Hayes Dooley

Tennessee at 225: Highlights from the Collections

Book Reviews

Winter 2020 Issue

Featuring West Tennessee Unionists at Fort Pillow, Nashville Society Advice Columns, & more

“‘A Terrible Retribution’: West Tennessee Unionists at Fort Pillow” by Clayton Jonas Butler

“‘Dear Mrs. Bruce‘ Nashville Society Seen through Letters to the Newspaper Advice Column, 1954-1961″ by Giuliano Santangeli Valenzani

Wrestling with Andrew Jackson: A Review of Four Books by Matthew Warshauer

Book Reviews

Fall 2020 Issue

Featuring Fort Donelson, Football Fields at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville & more

“The Decisive Moment: Ulysses S. Grant at Fort Donelson” by James Lee McDonough

“Life before Neyland: The Early Development of Football Fields at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville” by Chad S. Seifried, Benjamin Downs, Jeffrey Graham, and Adam Love

“‘Child Passenger Protection Act of 1977: How Tennessee ‘Immunized’ the Automobile Epidemic” by Dakota Elliott

“In Memoriam Dr. Reavis L. Mitchell, Jr. July 12, 1947—June 16, 2020” by Linda T. Wynn

Book Reviews

Summer 2020 Issue

Featuring the History of Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee, Anti-Suffrage Crusades, & more

“The History of Tennessee’s Epic Vote on Woman Suffrage: Preserving the Story” by Dr. Carole Stanford Bucy, Guest Editor

“Contesting the Ballot: Woman Suffrage Debates in Lexington, Tennessee” By Miranda Fraley Rhodes

“Truth Crushed to the Earth Will Rise Again:” Josephine Pearson and the Anti-Suffrage Crusade in Tennessee” By Abby Crenshaw

“Banks Turner: The Forgotten Hero Who Saved Woman Suffrage” By Don Enss

Spring 2020 Issue

Tennessee Historical Quarterly Spring 2020 Issue

Featuring the History of the Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee & more

“A Short History of the Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee” by A. Elizabeth Taylor

“Sue Shelton White and the Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee, 1913–20” by James P. Louis

“‘Powers that Pray’ and ‘Powers that Prey’: Tennessee and the Fight for Woman Suffrage” by Anastatia Sim

Book Reviews

Winter 2019 Issue

Featuring Andrew Johnson, Female Leadership, Student Activism and the Memphis Sanitation Strike of 1968, & more

“Andrew Johnson, White Labor’s President” by Timothy Messer-Kruse

“New Century, New Womanhood: Lady Managers, Female Leadership, and the Power of Representation” by Elizabeth Gonzalez

“United by a Cause: Student Activists and the Memphis Sanitation Strike of 1968” by Jack Lorenzini

Book Reviews

Fall 2019 Issue

Featuring the Career of Calvin Brixey, Alfred Waud’s Images, the John Gaston Hospital Controversy, & more

“‘They broak to run & was shot’: The Short, Turbulent Career of Calvin Brixey, First Alabama & Tennessee Independent Vidette Cavalry (U.S.A.) by Merritt R. Blakeslee

“Alfred Waud Images of Freed People in Reconstruction Era Memphis, 1866” by Earnestine Jenkins

“A Matter of Black and White: Edmund Orgill, J. E. Walker, and the John Gaston Hospital Controversy in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1956” by Elizabeth Gritter

Book Reviews

Summer 2019 Issue

Featuring Environment and Hood’s Debacle in 1864, Race and Historical Memory in Memphis, Gilbert Patterson and the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, & more

“Environment as a Contributor to Hood’s Debacle at Spring Hill, November 29, 1864” by Phillip Kemmerly

“‘A Very Worthy Negro’: Race, Monuments, and Historical Memory in Memphis” by Jason Jordan

“‘Others Unidentified’: Uncovering Gilbert Earl Patterson’s Contributions to the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, 1968” by Jonathan Chism

Book Reviews

Special Issues for Sale

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, Vol. 61, No. 1, Spring 2002 (Color edition, $15)

Antebellum Tennessee Furniture, Vol. 62, No. 1, Spring 2003 (Color edition, $15)

Tennessee Silver, Vol. 74, No. 1, Spring 2015 (Color edition, $10)

Adelicia Acklen and Belmont Mansion, Vol 76, No. 1, Spring 2017 (Color edition, $20)

Tennessee and the War of 1812, Vol. 71, No. 2, Summer 2012 ($10)

Battle of Nashville, Vol. 64, No. 3, Fall 2005 ($10)

Tennessee Portrait Painting, Vol. 46, No. 4, Winter 1987 (Color edition, limited number available. No discounts. $25)

Contact Information

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 Frances Kolb Turnbell.

Submission Guidelines

To view submission guidelines, here.

Tennessee Historical Quarterly Staff

Frances Kolb Turnbell, PhD, Historian

Managing Editor
Jennifer C. Core, Tennessee Historical Society

Renee Butler

Board of Editorial Advisors
Jonathan Atkins, Berry College
Richard J. M. Blackett, Vanderbilt University
Beverly Bond, University of Memphis
Carole Stanford Bucy, Volunteer State Community College
Kent Dollar, Tennessee Technological University
Daniel Feller, The University of Tennessee
John D. Fowler, Dalton State College
Kristofer Ray, University of Hull

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