D. C. Heath and Company

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D. C. Heath and Company
Ginn and Heath Publishing in Maine.jpg
Ginn and Heath, Maine, circa 1875, the predecessor to D.C. Heath and Co., founded by Daniel Collamore Heath
Status Defunct
Founded 1885
Founder Daniel Collamore Heath
Successor Houghton Mifflin
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Lexington, Massachusetts
Publication types Textbooks

D.C. Heath and Company was an American publishing company located at 125 Spring Street in Lexington, Massachusetts, specializing in textbooks.


The company was founded in Boston by Daniel Collamore Heath in 1885.[1] D.C. Heath and Company was owned by Raytheon from 1966 to 1995. When Raytheon exited the textbook market, it sold the company to Houghton Mifflin.

D.C. Heath started a small division of software editors to supplement the textbooks in the early 80's. However, the editors strived to make the software packages not dependent on the books. What impressed me was no compromising on quality just to support the texts. There were the test banks that allowed teachers to pick and choose questions for their quizzes and tests. However, development was further supported to empower teachers to create their own questions including a formula editor, tagging items by objectives, and including custom graphics in the question as well as in the answer key. All this was for the venerable Apple 2 then later Windows and Macintoshes. Many titles were commissioned for the areas of science, math, reading, social studies, and modern languages. These were not the mundane read and answer questions, but highly interactive original programs.

D.C. Heath gave this group their own identity, Collamore Educational Publishing. Huge credit must be give to the software managing editor and the director of the division.

They stated their vision and then let the editors make things happen. The editors were involved in all facets of the publishing process including contracts, development, design, publishing, marketing, and sales. The schools were just transitioning from the one computer classroom to the computer lab. In 1988 most of the software was being supported by William K. Bradford Publishing Company composed initially by D. C. Heath / Collamore personnel.

Publications-(note: There are far more titles than are listed here)

  • Heath Elementary Science, by Herman and Nina Schneider, 6 volumes (1955)
  • Heath middle level literature (1996?) ISBN 0-669-42948-1
  • Heath Physics (1992) ISBN 0-669-25793-1
  • Fundamentals of Personal Rapid Transit (1978)
  • Discovering French Bleu: Complete Lesson Plans
  • The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People Third Edition (1996)
  • Ruy Blas by Victor Hugo (1933)
  • The Renaissance Medieval or Modern?
  • The Enduring South: Subcultural Persistence in Mass Society (1972), by John Shelton Reed.
  • The Story of Georgia, Massey and Wood, 1904
  • MC68000: Assembly Language and Systems Programming (1988) ISBN 0-669-16085-7
  • Victor Hugo's Les Misérables: French Edition
  • Elizabeth Rice Allgeier, Albert Richard Allgeier, Sexual Interactions, 1991
  • A Short German Grammar for High Schools and Colleges.(The book cover just says "German Grammar" for the title) by E.S.Sheldon, tutor in German in Harvard University (1903), copyright 1879
  • The Causes of the American Revolution (1950, 1962, 1973)
  • Builders of the Old World, Written by Gertrude Hartman and Illustrated by Marjorie Quennell (1951)
  • Composition and Rhetoric by William Williams copyright 1890 published 1893
  • The Nazi Revolution: Germany's Guilt or Germany's Fate?
  • Children and Their Helpers New American Readers For Catholic Schools by School Sisters of Notre Dame. (1938)
  • Donald Duck Sees South America (1945) H. Marion Palmer, Walt Disney
  • Old Time Stories of the Old North State by L.A.McCorkle (1903)
  • Old Testament Narratives selected and edited by Roy L. French and Mary Dawson (1931)
  • Hamlet The Arden Shakespeare, edited by E. K. Chambers, B.A (1908)
  • Discussions of Literature series, general editor Joseph H. Summers
  • Eugenie Grandet: French Edition, by Honore de Balzac, Abridged and Edited with Introduction Notes and Vocabulary by A.G.H. Spiers, PH.D., (copyright 1914)
  • "The Bug In The Hut" and "Nat The Rat", unknown authors, (1968 - 1970)
  • Modern European History - Revised Edition - by Hutton Webster Ph.D. (Copyright 1920 and 1925)
  • Hints Toward A Select and Descriptive Bibliography of Education - by G Stanley Hall and John M Mansfield (Copyright 13 August 1886)
  • Heath's Modern Language Series. Gerstacker's Germelshausen. 1894.
  • Klaeber, Friedrich (1922). Beowulf and The Fight at Finnsburg. Boston: D.C. Heath & Company. 
  • Elementary Linear Algebra: Second Edition by Roland E. Larson and Bruce H. Edwards (1991) ISBN 0-669-24592-5


  1. ^ D.C Heath & Co., Somerset Street. Boston Directory. 1891

2. Software initial addition by Hal Wexler, software editor, 1984-1988 then transitioned to William K. Bradford Publishing Company.