Sheed and Ward

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Sheed and Ward
Parent companyRowman & Littlefield
FoundersFrank Sheed and Leo Ward
Country of originUnited States
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicsCatholic literature

Sheed and Ward was a publishing house founded in London in 1926 by Catholic activists Frank Sheed and Maisie Ward. The head office was moved to New York in 1933.

The United States assets of Sheed and Ward have been owned by Rowman & Littlefield since 2002, and those in the United Kingdom are now owned by Bloomsbury Publishing.


Sheed and Ward published a number of major Roman Catholic authors of the 1920s through to the mid-twentieth century, including G. K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Christopher Dawson, Vincent McNabb, Leo J. Trese, Ronald Knox and Etienne Gilson.

In 1973, Sheed and Ward was acquired by the Universal Press Syndicate; the company was used as the base of the publisher Andrews McMeel.[1] However, the Sheed and Ward name and backlist were later divested.[2]

The company was owned by the National Catholic Reporter from 1986 to 1998, when it was sold to the Priests of the Sacred Heart.[3] The United States assets were acquired by Rowman & Littlefield in 2002, and the United Kingdom assets by the Continuum International Publishing Group,[4] which has since been subsumed into Bloomsbury Publishing.

The company archives of the New York office from 1933 to 1977 are kept at the University of Notre Dame.[5]


  1. ^ Stevens, Annie E. (1986). "Sheed and Ward". In Peter Dzwonkoski (ed.). American literary publishing houses, 1900-1980. Dictionary of literary biography. Vol. 46. Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research Company. pp. 337–339. ISBN 0-8103-1724-9.
  2. ^ McMeel, John P. (1997-01-01). "A Voice from the Heartland - Alive and Well, Thank You". In Everette E. Dennis; Craig L. LaMay; Edward C. Pease (eds.). Publishing Books. Transaction Publishers. pp. 41–47. ISBN 978-1-4128-3251-9.
  3. ^ "Inside NCR: Sheed & Ward, Credence Cassettes sold". Retrieved 2018-03-31.
  4. ^ Jim Milliot, "Rowman & Littlefield Buys Sheed & Ward", Publishers Weekly, July 15, 2002.
  5. ^ "Sheed & Ward Records". Notre Dame Archives Inventory. University of Notre Dame. Retrieved June 7, 2016.

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