Cornell University Press

The Cornell University Press is the university press of Cornell University; currently housed in Sage House, the former residence of Henry William Sage. It was first established in 1869, making it the first university publishing enterprise in the United States, but was inactive from 1884 to 1930.[2][3]

Cornell University Press
Parent companyCornell University
Founded1869 (1869)
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationIthaca, New York
DistributionLongleaf Services (US)
Codasat Canada (Canada)
NBN International (Europe)
Footprint Books (Australia)[1]
Publication typesBooks
ImprintsILR Press
2008 conference booth

The press was established in the College of the Mechanic Arts (as mechanical engineering was called in the 19th century) because engineers knew more about running steam-powered printing presses than literature professors.[4] Since its inception,[2] The press has offered work-study financial aid: students with previous training in the printing trades were paid for typesetting and running the presses that printed textbooks, pamphlets, a weekly student journal, and official university publications.[5]

Today, the press is one of the country's largest university presses.[6] It produces approximately 150 nonfiction titles each year in various disciplines, including anthropology, Asian studies, biological sciences, classics, history, industrial relations, literary criticism and theory, natural history, philosophy, politics and international relations, veterinary science, and women's studies.[3][7] Although the press has been subsidized by the university for most of its history, it is now largely dependent on book sales to finance its operations.[8]

In 2010, the Mellon Foundation, whose President Don Michael Randel is a former Cornell Provost, awarded to the press a $50,000 grant to explore new business models for publishing scholarly works in low-demand humanities subject areas. With this grant, a book series was published titled "Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thoughts".[9] Only 500 hard copies of each book in the series will be printed, with extra copies manufactured on demand once the original supply is depleted.[8]

Other currently active series include "Expertise: Cultures and Technologies of Knowledge"[10] and Police/Worlds: Studies in security, crime and governance.

Notable books

  • Alston, William (1991). Perceiving God: The Epistemology of Religious Experience. ISBN 978-0801481550.
  • Avrich, Paul (1973). The Anarchists in the Russian Revolution. ISBN 978-0801407802.
  • Bennett, Simon (1980). Mind and Madness in Ancient Greece. ISBN 9780801492020.
  • Davis, David Brion (1966). The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture. ISBN 0-8014-0101-1.
  • De Ste. Croix, Geoffrey Ernest Maurice (1981). The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World. ISBN 0-8014-1442-3.
  • Hopgood, Stephen (2006). Keepers of the Flame: Understanding Amnesty International. ISBN 0-8014-4402-0.
  • Morris, Charles J. (2005). The Blue Eagle at Work: Reclaiming Democratic Rights in the American Workplace. ISBN 0-8014-4317-2.
  • Kang, Hildi (2001). Under the Black Umbrella: Voices From Colonial Korea, 1910-1945. ISBN 978-0801438547.
  • Karpiak, Kevin; Mulla, Sameena; Garriott, William; Feldman, Ilana (eds.). Police/Worlds: Studies in Security, Crime and Governance.
  • Kitamura, Hiroshi (2010). Screening Enlightenment: Hollywood and the Cultural Reconstruction of Defeated Japan. ISBN 9780801445996.
  • Mills, Charles W. (1997). The Racial Contract. ISBN 978-0-8014-8463-6.
  • Montefiore, Simon Sebag (2003). Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar. ISBN 9781842127261.
  • Posen, Barry (2014). Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy. ISBN 978-0-8014-7087-5.
  • Reich, Simon (1990). The Fruits of Fascism: Postwar Prosperity in Historical Perspective. ISBN 0-8014-9729-9.
  • Valentino, Benjamin (2003). Final Solutions: Mass Killing and Genocide in the 20th Century. ISBN 9780801439650.


  1. "Cornell University Press - Ordering Information". Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  2. Bishop, Morris (1962). A History of Cornell. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-8014-0036-0.
  3. "The History of the Cornell University Press". Cornell University Press. Retrieved 2006-01-01.
  4. Bishop, Morris (1962). A History of Cornell. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-8014-0036-0.
  5. Bishop, Morris (1962). A History of Cornell. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. pp. 175–76. ISBN 978-0-8014-0036-0.
  6. "2009–10 Factbook" (PDF). Cornell University. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  7. "Cornell University Press: Information for Authors". Cornell University Press. Retrieved 2006-06-06.
  8. Lam, Jackie (September 21, 2010). "In a Tough Market, University Press Aims to Streamline Production". Cornell Daily Sun. Archived from the original on December 14, 2011. Retrieved 2010-09-22.
  9. "Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought". Cornell University Press. Retrieved 2020-11-21.
  10. "Expertise: Cultures and Technologies of Knowledge". Cornell University Press. Retrieved 2020-11-21.
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