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Historical Note:

The University of Illinois Press was organized in 1918 to have charge of the work of editing, printing, and distributing the publications of the University.1 The Press is a general university division whose chief administrative officer is the Director of the University Press.2 The Director is appointed annually by the Board of Trustees,3 and is responsible to the University President through the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.4 The operations and policies of the Press are maintained under advisement of a University Press Board composed of the Director, the Deans of the Graduate Colleges or their representatives, and six appointed faculty members.5. The Press published works of interest primarily to the scholarly reader, although works intended for the more general reader are also published.6 Priority is given to local manuscripts, but works produced at other institutions without presses are not excluded from consideration.7 Although the Press attempts to show a modest profit, it is not primarily a profit-making institution and receives subsidies from the Graduate College as well as from some foundations.8 The University of Illinois Press has sales representatives in Canada, the British Isles and Continental Europe, Latin America, and Japan.9

1.  Sixteen Years at the University of Illinois, (Urbana, 1920), p. 285.

2.  University of Illinois Statutes, July 18, 1989, p. 12.

3.  Ibid.

4.  University of Illinois Student/Staff Directory, 1990-91, p. 55

5.  University of Illinois Statutes.

6.  The Book Publishing Program of the University of Illinois Press (informational pamphlet for faculty members), 1957, pp. 4-5.

7. Ibid., pp. 5-6.

8.  Ibid., pp. 7-8.

9.  University of Illinois Press--Spring and Summer Books, 1972 (catalog).

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