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University of Missouri Press
Parent company University of Missouri
FounderWilliam Peden
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters location Columbia, Missouri
Distribution Chicago Distribution Center (US) [1]
Scholarly Book Services (Canada)
East-West Export Books (Asia, the Pacific)
The Eurospan Group (Europe) [2]
Publication typesBooks
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The University of Missouri Press is a university press operated by the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri and London, England; it was founded in 1958 primarily through the efforts of English professor William Peden. [3] Many publications are by, for, and about Missourians. The press also emphasizes the areas of American and world history; military history; intellectual history; biography; journalism; African American studies; women's studies; American, British, and Latin American literary criticism; political science; regional studies; and creative nonfiction. The press has published 2,000 books since its founding and currently publishes about 30 mostly academic books a year.


Notable publications

Among its notable publications were:



The university proposed in spring 2012 to close the press and terminate its ten employees in order to end the university's subsidy to the press, estimated by the university administration as $400,000 per year and by outside critics of the closure decision as under $250,000 a year. [16] The decision was reversed in August 2012 after public outcry. [17] As part of the reorganization the press now reports up to the main Columbia campus rather than the University of Missouri System. [18] A new director was hired in 2013.

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