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A Little History of Yale University Press, London
Yale University Press, founded in New Haven, Connecticut in 1908, first established a marketing base in London in 1961, before going on to publish its own list of titles, alongside the books produced by its US head office, in 1973. Yale now has a unique position as the only American university press with a full-scale publishing operation in Europe, with a staff of over 40, including those working in its subsidiary marketing company, Yale Representation Ltd, and for the renowned Pevsner Architectural Guides programme.
Working closely with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the London office of Yale quickly forged a pre-eminent reputation for art history and architecture publishing in the 1970s and early 1980s. Since then our list has expanded to include history, biography, politics, music, religion, literature and current affairs, with books that have won many of the leading British literary prizes and awards.
Yale London originates about 120 books each year (and distributes 20-30 further titles for other publishers) within a total Yale University Press list of some 300 new hardcover and 150 new paperback books annually. It has a backlist of about 5000 titles. Yale books have won numerous awards, including the National Book Award, the Warwick Prize for Writing, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Wolfson History Prize and the Longman-History today award.
We now issue all non-art titles as simultaneous ebooks, and are rapidly digitizing our backlist for sale through e-vendors. We market across the globe, directly to Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, China, Australia and New Zealand and, through our New Haven headquarters, to the Americas and to Japan.
Over the last fifty years Yale’s London office has been situated in Bloomsbury or Hampstead. Since 2002 we have been located in a substantial Grade I Listed Georgian townhouse on Bedford Square, a square generally considered the most handsome and architecturally preserved in London.
Yale University Press’s Mission
By publishing serious works that contribute to a global understanding of human affairs, Yale University Press aids in the discovery and dissemination of light and truth, lux et veritas, which is a central purpose of Yale University. The publications of the Press are books and other materials that further scholarly investigation, advance interdisciplinary inquiry, stimulate public debate, educate both within and outside the classroom, and enhance cultural life. In its commitment to increasing the range and vigor of intellectual pursuits within the university and elsewhere, Yale University Press continually extends its horizons to embody university publishing at its best.
Yale London Facts
• Previous residents of our building include merchants, artists and—in the late eighteenth century—a director of the South Sea Company. More recent occupants were Bedford College (now Royal Holloway, University of London) and Hodder & Stoughton.
• For more information on our location see Andrew Byrne, Bedford Square: An Architectural Study (The Athlone Press, 1990). For an account of the Press’ history see Nicholas A. Basbanes's A World of Letters, published to mark Yale’s centenary in 2008.