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Pressing Business: The Forgotten History of Stanford University Press

Alan Harvey, Director, Stanford University Press

For much of the last 50 years, Stanford University Press (SUP) has publicly traced its founding back to 1925—and yet, evidence of the Press’s existence before this date exists in abundance. For instance, in 1917 Stanford erected a building custom-built for the Press on Lomita and Panama; meanwhile, books bearing the Stanford University Press imprint surface as far back as the 1890s. Through some archival detective work, SUP staff unearthed the long and lesser-told history of Stanford University Press, from its humble origins in 1892 to its myriad transformations over the course of the 20th century. Join SUP director Alan Harvey as he provides an update on this ongoing historical survey and presents some of the more intriguing, amusing, and even alarming events they have uncovered.