Otis K. Rice

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Otis Kermit Rice (June 6, 1919 – September 22, 2003) was an American academic historian specializing in West Virginia history.[1][2] His career was mostly at the West Virginia Institute of Technology (1957–87) at Montgomery where he was chairman of the history department and dean of the School of Human Studies.[3] In 2003 he became West Virginia’s first Historian Laureate.[4][5]



  • The Allegheny Frontier: West Virginia Beginnings, 1730-1830 (1970), University of Kentucky Press
  • Charleston and the Kanawha Valley: An Illustrated History (1981), Woodland Hills, California: Windsor Publications
  • The Hatfields and the McCoys (1982), University Press of Kentucky
  • History of the New River Gorge Area (1984), West Virginia Institute of Technology
  • West Virginia: A History (1985; 2nd edition 1993; with Stephen W. Brown), Both editions: University Press of Kentucky
  • A History of Greenbrier County (1986), Greenbrier Historical Society
  • Sheltering Arms Hospital (with Wayne Williams)
  • The Mountain State: An Introduction to West Virginia
  • A Centennial of Strength: A History of Banking in West Virginia (1991), Charleston: West Virginia Bankers Association; (with Stephen W. Brown)
  • Frontier Kentucky (1993), University Press of Kentucky
  • West Virginia: The State and Its People (1997), Parsons, West Virginia: McClain Printing Company


  • "Coal Mining in the Kanawha Valley to 1861: A View of Industrialization in the Old South" (1965), Journal of Southern History; 31: 393-416 (November issue).


  1. ^ "Rice, Otis K." Worldcat.org. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Hatfields and the McCoys". Kentuckypress.com. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Frontier Kentucky". Uky.edu. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "Rice Lecture to feature Barkey". Montgomery-herald.com. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  5. ^ "May – 2012 – PageView - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education". Chronicle.com. Retrieved 11 August 2017.