Celebrating 75 Years of Scholarly Publishing

By Glenda Cotter, Director

I’m so pleased to begin the celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the University of Utah Press. After many years engaged in the world of university press publishing, I’ve come to understand it as an intellectual endeavor filled with passion and integrity. We at the Press are proud of our publications and strive to maintain the highest scholarly standards, aligned with the university’s mission to generate and share knowledge, discoveries, and innovations.

Our books are works of community: the community within the University of Utah and at the Marriott Library; the communities of curiosity across the state and the region; with our colleagues in the broader university press community, and as a committed team at the Press working closely with our authors to make their books the best possible contributions to their fields. We are proud of the rigorous and honorable work we do, from a grammar of Sindarin Elvish to Lakota language textbooks, from an accessible exploration of Utah’s foodways to a penetrating exploration of Bears Ears as a place of refuge and resistance, to the recently published First Peoples of Great Salt Lake, which demonstrates the long continuity of Native populations in the region even through times of dramatic cultural change.

The new titles you’ll find in our Spring/Summer 2024 catalog represent our longstanding record of publishing the finest scholarship on the archaeology of North America and beyond, while also showcasing our commitment to regional issues around Great Salt Lake, as we present four small volumes based on lectures from the 2023 annual symposium of the university’s Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment. The books in this catalog also demonstrate our commitment to issues of global significance with two new titles on aspects of sustainability.

These are but snapshots of the wonderful new titles you’ll find in these pages. A seventy-five-year anniversary is a notable achievement, and the University of Utah Press is proud to have reached this landmark. Much good and thoughtful work has been done over these years by many committed people. As we have grown and changed, horizons have altered and directions have varied and adjusted. Reflection, discovery, collaboration, curiosity, and commitment remain essential to this fine charge of publishing books for the state, the region, the nation, and the world. We invite you to join us as we step into the next seventy-five years.

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