Celebrating 125 years of publishing

The Tarriff Controversy in the United States, 1789–1833, published in 1892, was the first-ever publication of Stanford University Press.


This year marks the quasquicentennial of Stanford University Press, the charter of which was mandated by Stanford's first president, David Starr Jordan, who made it a condition of accepting his post “that provision be made for the publication of the results of any important research on the part of professors, or advanced students. Such papers may be issued . . . as 'Memoirs of the Leland Stanford Junior University.'" Just one year after the university opened its doors, the first Stanford book, The Tariff Controversy in the United States, 1789–1833, was published in 1892.

This year's Fall/Winter catalog commemorates the storied history of the Press's 125 years, highlighting milestones and notable publications, and featuring images of yore from the Press archives. We hope you'll join us this fall and throughout the academic year in commemorating our anniversary and celebrating the story of one of the oldest U.S. university presses.


The "Press Gang" circa 1925.