URP 25th Annniversary

For the past 25 years, the University of Rochester Press has contributed to the world of scholarly dialogue. From its inception in 1989, the Press has maintained a focus on selected areas of scholarship—including musicology, African studies, medical history, and European and American history—thereby establishing a well-defined niche in academic publishing.

The University began the enterprise by partnering with the British academic publisher Boydell & Brewer, Ltd., which at the time was seeking its own offices for US operations. A model of innovation, the partnership gives the University editorial control over the publications list, while Boydell & Brewer produces, markets, and distributes the works internationally on behalf of the University. In 25 years the Press has published more than 600 books across an array of fields and has established itself as an important center of publishing in key areas of the humanities and social sciences.

The mission of the Press is to add meaningfully to the store of knowledge in selected disciplines. Manuscripts come to Rochester from scholars across the globe, and all book projects considered for publication in one of the scholarly series are rigorously peer reviewed and then brought before the Press’s editorial board for approval.

Originally working out of an office in Wallis Hall on the University’s River Campus, the Press now occupies a historic building—originally the business office of the Ellwanger and Barry Nursery—located between the Witmer House (the University president’s residence) and the Patrick Barry House (the University provost’s home) on Mt. Hope Avenue. 

Many of the Press’s books are published in series, including the following:

Changing Perspectives on Early Modern Europe
Eastman/Rochester Studies in Ethnomusicology
Eastman Studies in Music
Gender and Race in American History
Meliora Press
Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
Rochester Studies in East and Central Europe
Rochester Studies in Medical History
Rochester Studies in Medieval Political Thought

In the coming years, the Press hopes to build on its strengths in these established areas, as well as to branch out into new areas of scholarly inquiry. The Press is also very much engaged with the new forms of electronic publishing and routinely makes books available across several electronic platforms.