Southern Illinois University Press manuscript collection, 1955-1967
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Brief Description: The Southern Illinois University Press Manuscript Collection contains documents deposited by Vernon Sternberg dating from 1955 through 1967.  The materials are comprised primarily of manuscripts for books published by Southern Illinois University Press, but also contain a small amount of correspondence regarding social functions held by the Press.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 1/6/MSS 238
Created by: Southern Illinois University Press.
Volume: 36.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Arranged in two series: 1) Manuscripts and related 2) correspondence
Biographical Note for Southern Illinois University Press. :

The University Press was authorized by the Board of Trustees in 1953, but was not activated until January 1, 1956, when Vernon Sternberg was appointed the first Director. The Press' first year of operation yielded two publications, but within three years it was producing more than 25 books per annum.  Regional history continues to be a primary focus, but the Press has published extensively on philosophy, rhetoric and composition, political science, women's studies, and baseball.  It has also undertaken several large projects in conjunction with campus research organizations, collaborating with the Center for Dewey Studies, the Press published the Collected Works of John Dewey (37 volumes) as well as The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant with the U.S. Grant Foundation.  Its academic efforts have been awarded national recognition, earning a Conference on College Composition and Communication Outstanding Book Award in 2000 and more recently, numerous honors from ForeWord Magazine.  Additionally, John Y. Simon, editor of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, received Gettysburg College's Special Achievement Award in 2004.

Today the SIU Press remains as one of only 125 university presses in the United States.  With more than 3000 titles to its credit, it currently operates under the direction of Arthur Adkins.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Southern Illinois University Press.
Sternberg, Vernon.
Genres/Forms of Material
Manuscripts for publication.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from(1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information n this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.
Related Materials: Paul Weiss Papers, Collection 38
PreferredCitation: [Item], Southern Illinois University Press collection, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.