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About the Press

Over a casual conversation between Chancellor William Tolley and Thomas Watson, the Press was established to publish what would be its first title, IBM’s Precision Measurement in the Metal Working Industry in 1943. Since that time, Syracuse University Press has published groundbreaking works such as Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Ernst Bacon’s Words on Music, Jay Dolmage’s Disability Rhetoric (2015 PROSE award–winner), Siao-Yu’s Mao Tse-tung and I Were Beggars, and Barry Chevannes’s Rastafari: Roots and Ideology, which was first published in 1991 and remains one of our best-selling books.

As we enter our eighth decade of academic publishing, the Press continues to be committed to serving New York State—as well as the region, nation, and globe—by publishing vital scholarship, sharing ideas, and giving voice to important stories that may not have otherwise been told. To this end, the Press was awarded a Humanities Open Book Program grant, a collaborative effort between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant allows Syracuse University Press to offer open access to classic out-of-print titles on New York State history and culture, and Irish studies. We are proud to be recognized for our commitment to scholarship and to share these works with the world.


Give to the Press, Make Your Impact

Join the Director’s Circle
Make a gift of $1,000 and your name will be listed as a Director’s Circle member in the Director’s Choice or the Editor’s Choice book that year.

Support a New Book
Your gift of $2,500 will allow you to be recognized in the printed book and receive a special copy of the book.

Sponsor a Series
Sponsor an SU Press series for a year with a gift of $5,000 or more and be listed as a Series Sponsor in all series books for that year.

For more information, contact:

Ron Thiele
Assistant Dean for Advancement
Syracuse University Library and Press