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Association of American University Presses

The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) is an association of mostly, but not exclusively, North American university presses. It is based in New York City.

The Association of American University Presses was officially established in 1937. However, two dozen of the original members of the AAUP regularly met, unofficially, as early as 1920. The publishers met to discuss problems facing university presses and problems until the group formally began meeting daily. The group believed that cooperative initiatives would benefit member institutions and subsequent presses. In 1928, thirteen university presses produced a cooperative catalog of sixty-five titles. Soon after, the group was placing cooperative ads with The New York Times, publishing sales catalogs, and producing the first educational directory, a specialized direct-mailing list of American academics and librarians.

The 1932 Cheney Report encouraged joint activities among publishers facing economic difficulties and inspired a memo from In 1932 Donald Bean, the group's secretary and director of the University of Chicago Press, encouraged joint activities among publishers facing economic difficulties brought on by the Great Depression. Bean proposed for the group to formally incorporate. After a 1936 announcement of Farrar & Rheinhardt's plans to establish the United University Presses Inc. wholesaler (renamed, at the urging of the group, to "University Books Inc."), the group began formally forming under a new banner. In February 1937, the first officers of the Association of American University Presses were elected. The first annual meeting was held in Chicago in 1946. Membership continued to grow steadily, and the responding swell of activity led to the establishment of a central office in 1959. The Association was previously operated by volunteers. In 1964 the association founded a business subsidiary, American University Press Services, which supported additional AAUP services for the next two decades.[1]

From 1920 to 1970, member institutions in the United States grew at a rate of about one per year. From 1970–1974, that rate doubled, with more than ten presses founded. The period of growth was honored by President Jimmy Carter in the summer of 1978. President Carter proclaimed the first University Press Week.

List of member presses

According to the membership directory on the its website, the AAUP has 131 member presses as of 2013:

External links

  • Association of American University Presses

References

  1. ^ "AAUP History". AAUPNET. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
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