CoMo You Know: University of Missouri Press

Sunday, July 1, 2012 | 12:00 p.m. CDT; updated 7:36 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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The University of Missouri Press publishes books from around the world, many of which are focused on the state of Missouri. Since its creation, the press has published roughly 2,000 books. Starting July 1, the University of Missouri System will begin phasing out the press due to an operational deficit.


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Former English professor William Peden founded the University of Missouri Press in 1958 to provide an outlet for professors and scholars to publish their work. Many are about Missouri's history, culture, agriculture and other regional topics. The press publishes 30 titles per year.

Popular books published by the press include Upton Sinclair's "My Lifetime in Letters," "The Collected Works of Langston Hughes" series, "Atlas of Lewis and Clark in Missouri" and the "Mark Twain & His Circle" series.

The UM System provides an annual $400,000 subsidy for the press' operations, a number the publishing house has been exceeding for the last several years. University Press has made attempts to reduce the deficit in the past, including decreasing the number of works it publishes and cutting eight employees.

Because the press was unable to overcome the deficit, UM System president Tim Wolfe announced May 24 that the four-campus system will no longer provide the subsidy to the publishing house after June 30.

This decision was met with local and national backlash, as many opposed to the operation's closing have started a Facebook page urging President Wolfe to reconsider, as well as a petition.

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A complete list of books published by the University of Missouri Press is available at

Updated: July 1, 2012

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