Thomas Y. Crowell Co.

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Thomas Y. Crowell Co.
Status Defunct
Founded 1876
Founder Thomas Y. Crowell
Successor Harper & Row
Country of origin United States
Publication types Books

Thomas Y. Crowell Co. was a publishing company founded by Thomas Y. Crowell. The company began as a bookbindery founded by Benjamin Bradley in 1834. Crowell operated the business after Bradley's death in 1862 and eventually purchased the company from Bradley's widow in 1870.[1]

History[edit]

The company began publishing books in 1876, and in 1882 T. Irving Crowell joined his father in the business. Jeremiah Osborne Crowell became the sales manager.

In 1909, after Thomas Y. Crowell died, T. Irving Crowell became the company's president. Then in 1937, after T. Irving Crowell retired, the third generation Robert L. Crowell took over and moved towards publishing trade books and biographies. They were sold to Dun & Bradstreet in 1968.

In 1978, the company was sold to Harper & Row, who purchased Lippincott and combined the two into Crowell & Lippincott in 1979. Crowell & Lippincott was merged into Harper & Row in 1980.[2]

Published works[edit]

The company published a profitable line of reference works such as:

They also published fictional titles:

  The "Betsy-Tacy" books by Maud Hart Lovelace

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The LUCILE Project". Sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  2. ^ Mitgang, Herbert (1980-03-27). "Harper Absorbs Lippincott & Crowell". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-04-28.