James C. Klotter is an American historian who has served as the State Historian of Kentucky since 1980. Klotter also is a history professor at Georgetown College and one of the co-authors of Kentucky's staple history book A New History of Kentucky. Klotter received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky, and he has been awarded honorary degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and Union College. Klotter was the Executive Director of the Kentucky Historical Society for many years, and he was an associate editor of the Kentucky Encyclopedia. Today Klotter lives with his wife in Lexington, Kentucky.
- William Goebel: The Politics of Wrath. Lexington, Kentucky. 1977.
- A New History of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky. Lexington, Kentucky. 1997.
- A Concise History of Kentucky.
- History Mysteries.
- Kentucky: Portrait in Paradox, 1900-1950.
- Kentucky Justice, Southern Honor, and American Manhood: Understanding the Life and Death of Richard Reid.
- The Breckinridges of Kentucky.
- Faces of Kentucky.
- Genealogies of Kentucky Families, from the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Volume O – Y.
- Appalachian Ghost Stories: Tales from Bloody Breathitt. Klotter wrote the foreword.