University of Toronto Press Interactive Timeline

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1901-1929

1901

UTP is founded as a printing operation by the University of Toronto.

Photo: The first home of the Press: the old Wycliffe College Building (1901). The arrow indicates the location of the Press offices within the building.

1912

UTP's first book, A Short Handbook of Latin Accidence and Syntax, is published.

1919

Publishing program is approved by the University of Toronto.

Photo: R.J. Hamilton, the first manager of the press.

1920

Canadian Historical Review was founded.

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1930-1949

1931

University of Toronto Quarterly is founded.

Photo: The first issue of the University of Toronto Quarterly.

1932

University of Toronto Bookstore begins operation as part of UTP.

1932

Diamond Jenness's The Indians of Canada is published.

Photo: The Indians of Canada

1935

University of Toronto Law Journal is founded.

1947

Robert MacGregor Dawson's Government of Canada wins the Governor General's literary prize for non-fiction.

1949

Robert MacGregor Dawson's Democratic Government of Canada wins the Governor General's literary prize for non-fiction.

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1950s

1950

W.L. Morton's The Progressive Party in Canada wins the Governor General's literary prize for non-fiction.

1951

Harold Innis's The Bias of Communication is published.

Photo: Harold A. Innis

1951

Frank McKinnon's The Government of Prince Edward Island wins the Governor General's literary prize for non-fiction.

1955

Established in 1925, the Toronto Legal Directory is first published by UTP.

1958

Press building opens at 21 King's College Circle, Scholarly Publishing's home until 1989.

Photo: 21 King's College Circle

1959

First book of photographs by Yousuf Karsh, Portraits of Greatness, is published.

Photo: Yousuf Karsh and the Director of the Press, Marsh Jeanneret, chat with the National Librarian of Canada.

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1960s

1960

Collected Works of John Stuart Mill project commences.

1960

Margaret Avison's Winter Sun wins the Governor General's literary prize for poetry.

1962

Marshall McLuhan's The Gutenburg Galaxy is published. This work popularizes the term "the global village." It wins the Governor General's literary prize for non-fiction.

Photo: Marshall McLuhan

1966

John Porter's The Vertical Mosaic is published.

1966

First volume of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography is published. The series is described by critic Robert Fulford as "the most ambitious project in the history of Canadian scholarship."

1967

Canadian Books in Print, the complete reference and buying guide to Canadian books, is established as a centennial project.

1967

Carl Dair's Design with Type becomes the first Canadian book to be a recipient of one of the Book of the Year awards presented annually by the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Photo: From Design with Type, by Carl Dair.

1968

Collected Works of Erasmus project commences (this project is still underway).

1968

Warehouse in Buffalo, New York, is opened to serve U.S. customers.

Photo: Opening of the University of Toronto Press office in Buffalo, N.Y.

1969

Journal of Scholarly Publishing, the first journal to be devoted to the work of academic publishers, is established.

Photo: The first issue of Journal of Scholarly Publishing.

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1970s

1970

Economic Atlas of Ontario is chosen as the gold medal winner of the Most Beautiful Book in the World competition at the Leipzig International Book Fair.

Photo: The premier of Ontario, John Robards, presents a copy of the Atlas to Nadine Sherwin, a graduate student who worked on the project.

1972

Memoirs of Lester B. Pearson, Canada's 14th prime minister and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, are published.

Photo: Lester B. Pearson with R.I.K. Davidson, Editor, Social Sciences.

1975

UTP begins offering book distribution services to other publishers.

1977

Frank Scott's Essays on the Constitution wins the Governor General's literary prize for non-fiction.

Photo: Essays on the Constitution

1978

UTP signs an agreement with the Medieval Academy of America for the publication of the Medieval Academy of America Reprints for Teaching (MART) series.

1978

C.B. Macpherson's Property: Mainstream and Critical Positions is published.

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1980s

1980

Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization is acquired.

Photo: The first issue of Cartographica published by UTP Journals.

1981

First edition of the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada is published.

Photo: Encyclopedia of Music in Canada

1982

UTP is named as Canadian Publisher of the Year by the Canadian Booksellers' Association.

1984

First volume of the Encyclopedia of Ukraine is published.

1985

Ramsay Cook's The Regenerators: Social Criticism in Late Victorian English Canada wins the Governor General's literary award for non-fiction.

1986

Canadian Theatre Review is acquired.

Photo: The first issue of Canadian Theatre Review published by UTP Journals.

1987

Volume One of the Historical Atlas of Canada, the most complex and sophisticated cartographic project in Canadian history, is published.

1988

UTP is named as Canadian Publisher of the Year by the Canadian Booksellers' Association.

1988

The first volume of the Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan is published.

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1990s

1990

The Spenser Encyclopedia is published.

Photo: Edmund Spenser

1991

The final volume of the Collected Works of John Stuart Mill is published, marking the completion of the series.

1993

The third and final volume of the Historical Atlas of Canada is published, marking the completion of a collaborative research effort of over two decades involving authors and experts across Canada, the United States, and Europe.

1995

UTP Distribution begins providing service to U.S., U.K., and Australian based publishers.

1996

First two volumes of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye are published.

Photo: Northrop Frye

1997

CD-ROM versions of Canadian Who's Who and Ontario Legal Directory are made available.

1998

UofT Bookstore wins the Canadian Bookseller Association's "Campus Bookseller of the Year" award, marking the first of five wins in ten years (1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006).

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2000s

2001

UTP celebrates its 100th anniversary and issues its list of "One Hundred Most Influential Books Published by UTP."

2001

Umberto Eco's Experiences in Translation and Julia Kristeva's Hannah Arendt: Life Is a Narrative are published.

2004

The first volume of the History of the Book in Canada is published.

Photo: The History of the Book in Canada

2005

Frank Parker Day's Rockbound wins CBC's "Canada Reads."

Photo: Rockbound

2007

UTP sells its offset printing division to focus on core operations.

2007

UTP Journals launches online hosting platform and transitions six fully featured journals to online access.

2008

UTP and the Rotman School of Management found a new publishing imprint for actionable business books, Rotman-UTP Publishing.

Photo: Rotman-UTP Publishing

2008

David E. Smith's The People's House of Commons: Theories of Democracy in Contention wins the Donner Prize.

Photo: The People's House of Commons.

2008

UTP acquires Broadview Press's history and social science lists, establishing a new course book division, UTP Higher Education.

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2010s

2010

UTP's Retail Division launches the Espresso Book Machine, making more than 4,000,000 titles available for on-demand printing.

Photo: UTP's Espresso Book Machine at the UofT Bookstore.

2011

U of T Bookstore wins the Nebraska Book Company's inaugural Award for Textbook Innovation due to their leadership in Textbooks Rentals in North America.

2011

U of T Bookstore wins the Canadian Bookseller Association's "Campus Bookseller of the Year" award.

2012

UTP launches P-Shift, an integrated XML First workflow and digital asset management system designed for publishers who need e-publishing support.

2012

The Canadian Museum of Nature and UTP co-publish the award winning The Natural History of Canadian Mammals by Donna Naughton

2013

U of T Bookstore wins the Canadian Bookseller Association's "Campus Bookseller of the Year" award.

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