The Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities (RCH) was founded at the University of Kentucky in 1999. The mission of the RCH is to promote Digital Humanities research at UK, providing assistance with project conceptualization, professional contacts and networking, grant writing, physical and computational infrastructure, and technical support. The RCH encourages interdisciplinary projects among individuals and groups from UK and around the world and at present is supporting research on Russian folklore, Carolingian canon law, colonial American history, endangered Pamir languages, and Kentucky's Hispanic heritage, with international partners from Germany, Siberia, and Tajikistan.
The Department of History is an Affiliated Department of the RCH and as such engages in collaborative activities and projects utilizing the resources of the RCH. Members of the Department's faculty (Professors Abigail Firey and Jane Calvert) are actively engaged in digital research projects that take advantage of the RCH's facilities and resources, and some serve as advisors to the RCH on issues of Digital Humanities research.