SUNY Press was founded in 1966 in order to support the State University of New York’s commitments to teaching, research, and public service. Historically, the Press publishes scholarly works that further academic research in a variety of fields.
The Press publishes around 160-180 books per year, making it one of the larger university presses by output. The Press utilizes the latest advances in digital communication to offer a range of print and electronic publications to fulfill the evolving needs of scholars, students, authors, and readers.
In 2008 the Press started a trade imprint called Excelsior Editions. This imprint publishes popular works for all readers and also showcases the diversity of the peoples, histories, and natural beauty of New York and the surrounding regions.