University of Pittsburgh Press

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University of Pittsburgh Press
Parent companyUniversity of Pittsburgh
FounderJohn Gabbert Bowman
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DistributionChicago Distribution Center (US)[1]
Eurospan Group (EMEA)
East-West Export Books (Asia, the Pacific)
Scholarly Book Services (Canada)[2]
Publication typesBooks

The University of Pittsburgh Press is a scholarly publishing house and a major American university press, part of the University of Pittsburgh. The university and the press are located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the United States.

The press publishes several series in the humanities and social sciences, including Illuminations—Cultural Formations of the Americas; Pitt Latin American Series; Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies, Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literary, and Culture; Pittsburgh/Konstanz Series in Philosophy and History of Science; Culture, Politics, and the Built Environment; Central Eurasia in Context, and Latinx and Latin American Profiles.

The press is especially known for literary publishing, particularly its Pitt Poetry Series, the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize,[3] and the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. The press also publishes the winner of the annual Donald Hall Prize, awarded by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs and the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. One of its perennial bestselling titles is Thomas Bell's historical novel Out of This Furnace, reissued by the press in 1976.

In July 2013, The University of Pittsburgh Press moved into a new space in the university's Thomas Boulevard Library Resource Facility in Point Breeze

The press was established in September 1936 by University of Pittsburgh Chancellor John Gabbert Bowman. Paul Mellon committed the majority of the necessary startup funding from the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust. Other contributors were the Buhl Foundation, the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, and the university itself. The first full-time director of the press was Agnes Lynch Starrett, followed by Frederick A. Hetzel (1964–1994),[4] Cynthia Miller (1995–2013),[5] and Peter Kracht (2013–present). In recent years the press was housed on the fifth floor of the Eureka Building on Pitt's main campus in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, but moved into a new the university's Thomas Boulevard Library Resource Facility in the Point Breeze section of Pittsburgh in July 2013.[6] The University of Pittsburgh Press is a Charter Member of the Association of University Presses.[7]

In 2008, the press began making out-of-print scholarly books freely available on-line at the University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions collection through the University Library System's D-Scribe Digital Publishing program.[8] By 2010, the University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions included more than 750 titles, and more than 350 previously out-of-print titles have been reissued in paperback format as Prologue Editions.

The press is also collaborating with the University Library System on a new online scholarly journals program. Most of the journals are open access and published in electronic format only, while a few titles are also available in print editions through the Espresso Book Machine in the University Book Center.

In 2010, the press received major funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a history of science list and expand its existing philosophy of science list, working in collaboration with the university's History and Philosophy of Science Department and World History Center. This new program will lead to a 50% increase in the number of new titles published by the press each year.

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  1. ^ "Publishers served by the Chicago Distribution Center". University of Chicago Press. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  2. ^ "browse". Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  3. ^ Mauriello, Tracie (January 13, 2013). "Richard Blanco, poet for Obama inaugural, was nurtured by University of Pittsburgh Press". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "Guide to the University of Pittsburgh Press Director's Files (Frederick A. Hetzel), 1968-1992 UA.62.2 - Digital Pitt".
  5. ^ "University Press director to retire in 2013". University Times. Vol. 44, no. 13. March 8, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  6. ^ Levine, Marty (January 24, 2013). "New University Press director outlines plans". University Times. Vol. 45, no. 10. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  7. ^ "Our Members". Association of University Presses. Retrieved January 30, 2023.
  8. ^ "ULS, University Press form digital partnership". University Times. University of Pittsburgh. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2009-05-15.


  • Alberts, Robert C. (1987). Pitt: The Story of the University of Pittsburgh 1787-1987. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 0-8229-1150-7.
  • The Pittsburgh Reader: Seventy-Five Years of Books about Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. 2011.
  • University of Pittsburgh Press website (2006). About the University of Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved January 10, 2006.

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