The Thomas D. Clark Foundation

Its mission is to support the award-winning University Press of Kentucky (UPK), which publishes high quality scholarly and general interest books that tell the nation and the world about the unique history and culture of Kentucky and its region

The University Press of Kentucky

An Educational
and Cultural Jewel

The University Press of Kentucky has a dual mission—the publication of academic books of high scholarly merit in a variety of fields and the publication of significant books about the history and culture of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley region, the Upper South, and Appalachia. The Press is the statewide nonprofit scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, serving all Kentucky state-sponsored institutions of higher learning as well as six private colleges and Kentucky’s two major historical societies.



The Thomas D. Clark Foundation
pursues a historian’s vision

About Us

Credit : UK Special Collections

The late, distinguished historian Thomas D. Clark dedicated his life to raising the level of scholarship about Kentucky and its region and making it accessible to scholars and citizens. The foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 1994 and run by a board of committed volunteers, carries on Clark’s legacy through its support of the University Press of Kentucky and special educational projects.

October Book Of The Month

Drowned Town by Jayne Moore Waldrop explores the multigenerational impact caused by the loss of home and illuminates the joys and sorrows of a group of people bound together by western Kentucky’s Land Between the Lakes and the lakes that lie on either side of it. Following two women whose lives are shaped by their friendship and connection to the place, this beautiful narrative goes back and forth in time to show how the creation of the lakes both healed and hurt the people connected to them.

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Meet The Board

The volunteer board oversees support for the University Press of Kentucky, helping to fund its operations, modernize its infrastructure and undertake special education-related projects.

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