A Research Collection for the Digital Age

The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWG-K) is producing an annotated, searchable, and freely-accessible online edition of documents associated with the chief executives of the state, 1860-1865—three Union governors, Beriah Magoffin (1859-62), James F. Robinson (1862-63) and Thomas E. Bramlette (1863-67), and the two provisional Confederate governors, George W. Johnson (1861-62) and Richard Hawes (1862-65).

Yet CWG-K is about far more than the five governors. It is about reconstructing the lost lives and voices of tens of thousands of Kentuckians who interacted with the office of the governor during the war years. The diverse and largely unknown lives of the people captured in the CWG-K documents—generals and politicians, prostitutes and plantation mistresses, free African American professionals and “contraband” refugees—as well as the social, economic, political, and geographic networks they allow us to visualize and understand, are the ultimate prizes for CWG-K. The project will make an estimated 40,000 documents and a populated network of hundreds of thousands of identified people, places, and institutions available to researchers across the globe, prompting historians to ask new and far-reaching historiographical questions through this digital research platform.

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Editorial Advisory Board

Edward L. Ayers
University of Richmond

Douglas A. Boyd
University of Kentucky

Lynda L. Crist
Rice University

A. Glenn Crothers
University of Louisville

Laura F. Edwards
Duke University

John E. Kleber
Morehead State University

James C. Klotter
Georgetown College

Mark L. Kornbluh
University of Kentucky

Glenn W. LaFantasie
Western Kentucky University

Thomas C. Mackey
University of Louisville

Stephanie McCurry
Columbia University

Leslie Rowland
University of Maryland

John David Smith
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Daniel W. Stowell
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Amy Murrell Taylor
University of Kentucky

Institutional Partners