On the Morehead State campus in Kentucky (Photo by Chris Breeze)

The University Press of Kentucky is a publishing company based in Lexington, Kentucky. It is primarily owned and operated by the University of Kentucky, which has the largest financial stake in it. The press is made up of the following 15 academic institutions and organizations in the Bluegrass State:

– Bellarmine University

– Berea College

– Centre College of Kentucky

– Eastern Kentucky University

– The Filson Historical Society

– Georgetown College

– Kentucky Historical Society

– Kentucky State University

– Morehead State University

– Murray State University

– Northern Kentucky University

– Transylvania University

– University of Kentucky

– University of Louisville

– Western Kentucky University

UPK was established in 1969 and has published academic textbooks and scholarly materials ever since. The University of Kentucky Press existed prior to this starting in 1943. In 1950, Bruce F. Denbo was named as the first full-time director of the pres. Steven Wrinn, formerly of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, serves as the current director of the organization. The primary focus of the press has been on books about American history, literary criticism, the humanities, the social sciences, film, and military studies.

Some of the authors who have had their works published through the press include Kentuckians such as Harriet Arnow, John Fox, Jr., Jesse Stuart, and James Still. Most of these authors have written classic novels rather than academic texts.

The following college textbooks have been published by the University Press of Kentucky:

A General Who Will Fight: The Leadership of Ulysses S. Grant by Harry S. Laver (2012)

The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier, 1795-1817 by Robert V. Haynes (2012)

All-Stars and Movie Stars: Sports in Film and History by Ron Briley, Michael K. Schoenecke, and Deborah A. Carmichael (2008)

George Rogers Clark and the War in the West by Lowell Hayes Harrison (2001)

Through Mobility We Conquer: The Mechanization of U.S. Cavalry by George F. Hofmann (2006)

Textbooks.org is a fabulous place to compare prices on these textbooks and many others published by the press. If you attend a state college or university within the state of Kentucky, you will probably be able to find many of these UPK-published titles at either your official campus bookstore or an independent store that sells textbooks and general titles. In fact, you might even get to use a book that was authored by one of your professors.