Rochester Historians: Want to be Published?


Any Rochester historians (or history students, or enthusiasts) out there that want to see their name in print!? For a while now, I’ve been volunteering on-and-off as an editorial assistant with the Rochester History Journal, a publication produced by the Office of the City Historian in Rochester’s Rundel Library (yes, the one from Ghost Hunters). The publication is a scholarly journal that features works about Rochester’s rich history and culture, both contemporaneously and historically. Since I take part in soliciting submissions for this publication, I thought it might be nice to open the invitation for submissions out to the blog-verse, and hopefully catch the eye of any Rochester history fans who would like to see their work get published! Below you will find a little bit of information about the Journal itself, as well as the information necessary to submit a manuscript. Give it a go!

“Rochester History is a scholarly journal that provides informative and entertaining articles about the history and culture of Rochester, Monroe County, and the Genesee Valley. 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.”

Here’s the information necessary to submit a paper or article:

Rochester History Journal encourages submissions of original papers that further its mission of increasing knowledge of and interest in Rochester’s history and culture and of placing local issues into a national or global context. Rochester History is a scholarly journal that provides informative and entertaining articles about the history Rochester, Monroe County, and the Genesee Valley.

Articles should be between 6,000 and 7,000 words (approx. 20-25 pages), not including headlines, photo captions, end notes, and credits. Papers should be submitted via email to Please carefully review our submission guidelines (found on our website,) and prepare your manuscript accordingly.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact assistant editor Michelle Finn via email: or phone: 585-428-8368.

For more detailed submission guidelines, click here.

Also, if you are interested in subscribing to the Rochester History Journal, here’s how:

Subscriptions to Rochester History are available for $8 per year by contacting:
Rochester Public Library
Attn: Acquisitions Department
115 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604-1896

Please enclose a check for $8.00 payable to the ROCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY.


You can also access a subscription order form online that you can print out and send in with your subscription check.

Click here for the subscription order form.

The current edition is also available for just $4.00 at the Library Store:
Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building
Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY

Follow the Rundel Library on Twitter: @RocCityLibrary 


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