Princeton University Press

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.

Princeton University Press
Founded1905 (1905)
FounderWhitney Darrow
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationPrinceton, New Jersey
DistributionIngram Publisher Services (Americas, Asia, Australia)
John Wiley & Sons (EMEA, India)
United Publishers Services (Japan)[1]
Publication typesBooks
Princeton University Press
Location41 William Street, Princeton, New Jersey
Coordinates40°20′59.8″N 74°39′13.3″W
ArchitectErnest Flagg
Architectural styleCollegiate Gothic
Part ofPrinceton Historic District (ID75001143)
Added to NRHP27 June 1975

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:

  • Russia Leaves the War by George F. Kennan (1957)[7]
  • Banks and Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War by Bray Hammond (1958)[8]
  • Between War and Peace by Herbert Feis (1961)[9]
  • Washington: Village and Capital by Constance McLaughlin Green (1963)[10]
  • The Greenback Era by Irwin Unger (1965)[11]
  • Machiavelli in Hell by Sebastian de Grazia (1989)[12]

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.

Other series


  • Annals of Mathematics Studies (Alice Chang, Phillip A. Griffiths, Assaf Naor, editors; Lillian Pierce, associate editor)
  • Princeton Series in Applied Mathematics (Ingrid Daubechies, Weinan E, Jan Karel Lenstra, Endre Süli, editors)
  • Princeton Series in Astrophysics (David N. Spergel, editor)
  • Princeton Series in Complexity (Simon A. Levin and Steven H. Strogatz, editors)
  • Princeton Series in Evolutionary Biology (H. Allen Orr, editor)
  • Princeton Series in International Economics (Gene M. Grossman, editor)
  • Princeton Science Library


  • Princeton Modern Greek Studies[14]

Selected titles


Further reading

  • Banks, Eric (April 1, 2005). "Book of Lists: Princeton University Press at 100". Artforum International.
  • Staff of Princeton University Press (2005). A Century in Books: Princeton University Press, 1905–2005. ISBN 9780691122922.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
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