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Collection Overview
Title: Northeastern University Press records
Date: 1976-2005
Location Code: 33/2
Reference Code: A102
Extent: 2.0 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract: This collection documents the Northeastern University Press's creation, functions, and subsumption by the University Press of New England. The collection contains newspaper articles, publication catalogues, inventory and sales reports, and programs regarding the Press's functions and publications. The collection also contains CD's, videocassette and audiocassette tapes of radio and television programs relating to the Press's publications, and awards won by the Press or its publications.
Historical Abstract: The Northeastern University Press was founded by William Frohlich in 1977. Frohlich had been hired to reorganize the department responsible for printing the University’s promotional and informational materials. Frohlich worked with Northeastern University President Kenneth Ryder to create a small academic press that would operate on a small budget and publish scholarly books. President Ryder recognized that a university press would help strengthen the academic reputation of Northeastern and encourage scholarship among the faculty. Initially called the Northeastern University Publishing Group, the program evolved into the Northeastern University Press. The Press chose to focus on subject areas that corresponded to the strengths of the university’s academic departments, were perceived as unmet market needs (including women’s studies, American history, music, and criminology), and that emphasized local and regional topics. An editorial board made up of University faculty approved new projects. The NU Press also distributed material for American museums and historical institutions, such as the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In addition to new material, the Press published new editions or new compilations of work by historical figures such as Louisa May Alcott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Samuel Eliot Morison. By 2000, sales had grown from $10,000 to about $1.5 million, and the Press published 30-40 titles each year. In 2004, due to financial difficulties, the Northeastern University Press became a member of the University Press of New England.
Language and Scripts: Materials entirely in English.
System of Arrangement: Arranged in two series: Series 1.Administrative Files; Series 2. Media.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Frohlich, William

  • Northeastern University Press
  • University Press of New England

  • University presses

Conditions Governing Access: Records are closed for 25 years from their date of creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Technical Access: Some of the material is in CD or VHS format.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Eliana Wachs Cashman, March 2008; updated by Anna J. Cook, May 2010.

Current Mission and Future Plans (Box 1)

Financial History (Box 1)

History of the Northeastern University Press (Box 1)

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1. Administrative Files, 1976-2005
Volume:1.40 cubic ft.


This series contains information about the creation, functions of the Northeastern University Press. It contains newspaper articles, publication catalogues, inventory and sales reports, photographs, awards, and programs regarding the Press's functions and publications.
110th Anniversary Celebration1987
1Articlesn.d., 1982-1984, 1998. 2003
1Audit/Physical Inventory1998-2000
1, 2Awards (3 folders)1981-1997
1Book Coversn.d.,1986-1988
1Book Press Releases (3 folders)n.d.
1Book Reviews1998-2001
1Books in Print1990-1991
1Seasonal (6 folders)1980-2004
1African-American Studiesn.d.
1Criminal Justice and Law and Societyn.d
1Women's Studiesn.d.
1Closing/Joining of University Press of New England2004-2005
1 Correspondence1979-1981, 1987, 1995-2003
1Current Mission and Future Plans1994-2002
1Custom Text Book Programn.d.
1Event Invitations1995, 2002
1Event Programs2002
1External Advisory Board1986-1997
1,2Financial History (3 folders)1977-2005
2Frohlich Speechesn.d. [1992]
2History of the Northeastern University Press1979-2002
2ISBN Log Bookn.d.
2Photographs and Negativesn.d. 1982, 1989-1997
2Reportsn.d., 1976-1979, 1985, 1993
2University Press Compensation Survey1999-2003
2University Press Statistics 1996-2002
2 “What is a University Press?” Pamphletn.d.
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2. Media, 1980-2005
Volume:0.60 cubic ft.


The series contains CD's, including photographs of press events and the 25th anniversary celebration and a book; videocassette and audiocassette tapes of radio and television programs about publications of the Press, photographs, and a book.
21. National Public Radio All Things Considered 1999 Apr 20
22. “Literary Reflections” 1993
23. “Maestros of the Pen” National Public Radio Performance Today1999 Feb 15
24. “Maestros of the Pen” WQXR-FM New York City1999 June 6
25. “Mayfield: The Hot/Long Night” Morning Edition1990 Jan 3
26. “Pages to People”: Thomas O'Connorn.d.
27. “Ponselle Show”1997 Nov 25
28. “Reminiscing in Tempo” British Broadcast Corporation Radio 3 1999 May 20
Compact Discs
21. ACLS History E-book Project: “Abortion and Women's Choice: The State, Sexuality and Reproductive Freedom.” Master Page Images2003
22. ACLS History E-book Project: “Abortion and Women's Choice: The State, Sexuality and Reproductive Freedom.” PDF and SGM version2003
23. Charles Mintzer on Rosa Raisa, National Public Radio2002
24. Photographs: General2002
25. Photographs: 25th Anniversary Celebration Picturesn.d., [1987], [2002]
26. University Press QuickBooks 2000-2004
21. Cabana NBC News1996? Feb 2
22. Bill of Rights: The Sheppard Case, 1969-Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corp.n.d.
23. Dateline NBC (2 Copies)1995 Nov 14
24. Japan, Sam Sheppardn.d.
25. Joe Timilty/ Prison Journal, “Greater Boston” with Emily Rooney, Chronicle1997 June
26. NHWriters: Grace Metalious1997
27. Peyton Place Chroniclen.d.
28. “Professor Robert A. Hill” Rita's Book Reel1995 May 23
29. Sam Reese Sheppard on CNN's Burden of Proof, Gene Kelly Singing in the Rain on ABC World News Tonight, Mockery of Justice on Dateline NBC 1996
210. “Sheppard” Dateline NBC 1996
211. “Sheppard” PT 1/21996 August
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