Rochester History

Blake McKelveyRochester History publishes deeply researched and engaging articles that explore a wide variety of diverse and inclusive historical topics and perspectives pertaining to Rochester, Monroe County, and Western New York. Former City Historian Blake McKelvey published the first quarterly issue in January 1939 with the goal of expanding the knowledge of local history. Today Rochester History is published biannually (spring and fall) by the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. It 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.

Back issues available online!

Rochester History January 1939 CoverOn the 50th anniversary of the publication, a decade-long project to index Rochester History was launched through the Office of the City Historian and the Rochester Regional Library Council. With funding from the Frances Kenyon Publication Fund, the entire run of Rochester History was indexed. The index is continually updated with each new issue. A Library Services and Technology Act federal grant made it possible to digitize the journal and make back issues available online. The goal of this grant was to share unique local resources electronically, thereby increasing awareness and access to local history for educational and research purposes. New issues of Rochester History are available approximately two months after they are published.


The Rochester History Index is arranged by subject and includes all issues up to 2009. It is arranged in an easy-to-read format that includes hyperlinked cross references. Use the ABC navigation links at the top to browse the index. Click on the volume/issue link to view the full text of issues of interest. If you are looking for a keyword in the index you can also use the ‘Find in Page’ feature in your browser (Edit -> Find or F).

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Table of Contents

The Table of Contents is organized by date, volume, and issue beginning with the most recent issue.

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Rochester History Fall 2009 CoverSubscriptions to Rochester History may be purchased from RIT Press:

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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 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.

Copyright Information

Rochester History is copyrighted by the Rochester Public Library under the Office of the City Historian. Questions on copyright should be directed to:

Office of the City Historian
Rochester Public Library
115 South Avenue
Rochester, New York 14604
(585) 428-8095

Additional copyright clearance may be necessary from institutions and authors whose property appears in Rochester History.