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The University of Chicago has been a vital contributor to the city's intellectual life since 1890. It operates one of the largest and oldest university presses in the country. The Press's scholarly, educational, and literary titles include The Chicago Manual of Style, a go-to reference for writers since its first publication in 1906.
Founded in 1891, the University of Chicago Press is one of the oldest operating university presses still running in the United States today. In its first decade of existence, it published 127 books, pamphlets and journals. The University didn’t even take responsibility for the press until 1894. Now the Press building is located on the University of Chicago Campus, just south of the Midway Plaisance. By 1905, the Press was able to publish books by scholars outside of the university and not just works coming from scholars affiliated with the University of Chicago, a milestone for its movement. By 1931, the Press was an entirely established, leading academic publisher in America.
The Press advanced to become a trade publisher as its scholarly volumes expanded. Now, the University of Chicago Press publishes more than 50 new trade titles a year, under an array of subjects. One of the Press’s most notable academic titles is The Chicago Manual of Style, a guide to American English that has been published since 1906, prescribing some of the most widely used writing and citation styles in publishing across the United States.