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[Clarence Day], The Story of the Yale University Press as Told by a Friend, 1958.
Yale University Press Records (1910-1979). Manuscripts & Archives, Yale University.

Carmen Lee 09, On the Yale University Press

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Since the blossoming of university presses in this country in the early twentieth century, they have been understood by those both inside and outside of the ivory tower as representatives of the academic community to the world of public discourse. The Yale University Press, founded in 1908 by a group of Yale alumni, was from its start extremely conscious of its role as Yale’s ambassador. This pamphlet was written anonymously in 1920 by Clarence Day, one of the Press’s founders and a known writer and cartoonist. It describes in a romantic fashion the ideal relationship between Yale and the Press. “Monuments fall; nations perish; civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build others,” the most famous passage states. “But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again…” Here, the Press is charged with protecting Yale’s memory from these historical forces by printing, and thereby preserving, the fruits of her scholarship and teaching. This reprint, from the fiftieth anniversary of the Press, demonstrates in the high quality of its paper and the reprinted woodblock illustrations Day’s early insistence that the Press “make each book perfect” as a physical as well as intellectual work.