Princeton University Press

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Princeton University Press
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Founded1905 (1905)
FounderWhitney Darrow
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Princeton, New Jersey
Distribution Ingram Publisher Services (Americas, Asia, Australia)
John Wiley & Sons (EMEA, India)
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Publication types Books
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Location41 William Street, Princeton, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°20′59.8″N74°39′13.3″W / 40.349944°N 74.653694°W / 40.349944; -74.653694 Coordinates: 40°20′59.8″N74°39′13.3″W / 40.349944°N 74.653694°W / 40.349944; -74.653694
Architect Ernest Flagg
Architectural style Collegiate Gothic
Part of Princeton Historic District (ID75001143)
Added to NRHP27 June 1975

Princeton University Press is an independent publisher with close connections to Princeton University. Its mission is to disseminate scholarship within academia and society at large.


The press was founded by Whitney Darrow, with the financial support of Charles Scribner, as a printing press to serve the Princeton community in 1905. [2] Its distinctive building was constructed in 1911 on William Street in Princeton. [3] Its first book was a new 1912 edition of John Witherspoon's Lectures on Moral Philosophy. [4]


Princeton University Press was founded in 1905 by a recent Princeton graduate, Whitney Darrow, with financial support from another Princetonian, Charles Scribner II. Darrow and Scribner purchased the equipment and assumed the operations of two already existing local publishers, that of the Princeton Alumni Weekly and the Princeton Press. The new press printed both local newspapers, university documents, The Daily Princetonian , and later added book publishing to its activities. [5] Beginning as a small, for-profit printer, Princeton University Press was reincorporated as a nonprofit in 1910. [6] Since 1911, the press has been headquartered in a purpose-built gothic-style building designed by Ernest Flagg. The design of press’s building, which was named the Scribner Building in 1965, was inspired by the Plantin-Moretus Museum, a printing museum in Antwerp, Belgium. Princeton University Press established a European office, in Woodstock, England, north of Oxford, in 1999, and opened an additional office, in Beijing, in early 2017.

Pulitzers and other major awards

Six books from Princeton University Press have won Pulitzer Prizes:

Books from Princeton University Press have also been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Nautilus Book Award, and the National Book Award.

Papers projects

Multi-volume historical documents projects undertaken by the Press include:

The Papers of Woodrow Wilson has been called "one of the great editorial achievements in all history." [13]

Bollingen Series

Princeton University Press's Bollingen Series had its beginnings in the Bollingen Foundation, a 1943 project of Paul Mellon's Old Dominion Foundation. From 1945, the foundation had independent status, publishing and providing fellowships and grants in several areas of study, including archaeology, poetry, and psychology. The Bollingen Series was given to the university in 1969.

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  1. North America & International Ordering Information
  2. "Princeton University Press, Erected Through the Generousity [sic] of Charles Scribners, a New and Unique Adjunct to the University" (PDF). The New York Times . May 19, 1912.
  3. Letich, Alexander (1978). A Princeton Companion. Princeton University Press. Archived from the original on 2017-10-19. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  4. A History of Princeton University Press (2002)
  5. Axtell, James (2006). The Making of Princeton University: From Woodrow Wilson to the Present. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN   0691126860.
  6. "The New Princeton University Press". Publishers Weekly. New York. 79 (22): 2233–2234. June 3, 1911. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  7. The Pulitzer Prizes: 1957 Winners
  8. The Pulitzer Prizes: 1958 Winners
  9. The Pulitzer Prizes: 1961 Winners
  10. The Pulitzer Prizes: 1963 Winners
  11. The Pulitzer Prizes: 1965 Winners
  12. The Pulitzer Prizes: 1990 Winners
  13. Cooper, John Milton (2011). Woodrow Wilson: A Biography. Random House. p. 736. ISBN   9780307277909 . Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  14. Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies – Publications

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