100 Years of Excellence in Publishing
On January 13, 1913, the Harvard Corporation established Harvard University Press (HUP) in order “to advance knowledge.” This year, we’re commemorating our centennial with a range of endeavors designed both to celebrate our publishing heritage and to reach an expanding global audience.
These efforts will include the debut of a newly cohesive visual identity, which incorporates a new logo. According to Tim Jones, Harvard University Press director of design and production, the logo, taking the form of two vertical rows of three crimson rectangles, with the letter H visible in the negative space between them, is designed to work equally well across a range of print and digital applications, from book spines to eBooks.
Other projects inaugurated in 2013 that will extend HUP’s legacy into wider technological and geographical spheres are ambitious interactive digital works, such as the Emily Dickinson Archive and the digital Dictionary of American Regional English; an e-ditions program that will make available for sale worldwide virtually all the books HUP has published since its founding; and an expanded sales and marketing presence in India.
At the same time, says HUP director William P. Sisler, 2013 will be an occasion to recognize the publishing heritage created by the hard work and vision of HUP authors and staff over the past century. A website, www.hupcentennial.com, that will regularly post excerpts from 100 significant HUP books published since 1913, and an exhibit at Harvard’s Houghton Library showcasing artifacts and ephemera from HUP’s publishing history will serve to mark the end of HUP’s first century in publishing.
In the 100 years since our founding, Harvard University Press has published more than 10,000 new books across various fields and disciplines, including such iconic works as Bernard Bailyn’s The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice, and Sarah Blaffer Hrdy’s The Woman That Never Evolved.
“As we enter our second century and continue to engage an evolving publishing environment, we remain mindful of the constant that drives us: to be a worldwide publisher of works of the highest quality and enduring value, consistent with the standards of one of the world’s great universities,” Sisler said.
You can read more about the first 100 years of our mission to “publish as many good scholarly books as possible short of bankruptcy” in Harvard Magazine.