In 1978 President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation to recognize the importance of university publishing in the United States and around the world. The first official university press was established at John Hopkins University in 1878, and today, nearly 140 years later, we still celebrate university presses’ excellence and academic tradition.
Thanks to the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), established in 1937, more than 140 member university presses can fulfill their commitments to scholarship in a variety of disciplines. Forty-one states and twelve countries house at least one member press.
The AAUP uses the #ReadUP hashtag “to highlight on social media the best of what” university presses “are publishing all year long.” The theme for year’s celebration, November 14–19, is community, focusing on the impact of local authors, local booksellers, and local publishers.
Supporting each other every step of the way, the AAUP, university presses, and independent bookstores participate in book festivals and local celebrations to promote literacy and continued education. In addition, the AAUP’s partnership with the American Booksellers Association Indies First program promotes small bookstores and the university presses that help stock them.
Fun Facts about Trinity
- Trinity University’s Elizabeth Coates Library has one the of country’s most extensive collections among liberal arts colleges.
- Since its reopening in 2002, Trinity University Press has won multiple awards and accolades, as well as published almost 100 books since the launch.
- Trinity University Press is a member of the Green Press Initiative, a nonprofit program dedicated to supporting publishers in their efforts to reduce their impacts on endangered forests, climate change, and forest-dependent communities.