Guide to the Duke University Press Reference Collection, 1922-ongoing
The Duke University Press Reference Collection contains clippings, reports, forms, correspondence, brochures, and catalogs that pertain to the history and operation of the Duke University Press. This collection was compiled from a variety of sources by the University Archives for use in reference and research. The materials in the collection date from 1922-ongoing.
- Record Group
- Duke University Press Reference collection
- Duke University. University Archives
- 1.5 Linear Feet, 1050 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
Access to the Collection
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Collection is open for research.
Use & Permissions
Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
How to Cite
[Identification of item], Duke University Press Reference Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The origins of the Duke University Press date back to 1892 and the establishment of the Trinity College Historical Society; in 1921 the Trinity College Press was officially founded. William T. Laprade served as the first Director until 1926. That same year, the Duke University Press was founded with William K. Boyd as Director.
Duke Press publishes both scholarly books and journals, primarily in the humanities and the social sciences. In the Press's early years, preference was given to works published by faculty, graduate students, and alumni; and to works focused on the "region south of the Potomac." As the University has grown and diversified, so has the Press; now it is best known for its publications in the broad and interdisciplinary area of theory and history of cultural production. By 1949 the press published 3-5 journals and 5-15 books per year. Currently (2008), Duke University Press publishes approximately 120 books annually and more than 30 journals. This places the Press's books publishing program among the twenty largest at American university presses, and the journals publishing program among the five largest.
- Bernard I. Duffey papers, 1957-1983. (University Archives. Duke University.)
- Duke University Press records, 1926-1991. (University Archives. Duke University.)
- South Atlantic Quarterly records, 1926-1986. (University Archives. Duke University.)
- William Thomas Laprade Papers, 1660-1975 (bulk 1898-1975). (University Archives. Duke University.)
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The Duke University Press Reference Collection was compiled from a variety of sources by the University Archives for use in reference and research.
Processed by Archives Staff, February 2008
Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, February 2008
Updated by Molly Bragg, August 2011
Accessions were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.