The Penn State University Press
, also called Penn State Press
was established in 1956, and is a non-profit publisher
of scholarly books and journals. It is the independent publishing branch of the Pennsylvania State University
and is a division of the Penn State University Library system. The Penn State Press primarily publishes scholarship but, as a part of a land-grant university
with a mandate to serve the citizens of the commonwealth
, it also specializes in producing books about Pennsylvania and the Penn State University. The areas of scholarship the Press is most known for are philosophy, art history, medieval studies, Latin American studies
, political science, religious studies, and early American history. Currently the Penn State Press employs approximately 20 people, and produces 40 to 60 books a year and 11 journals. The Press also has several internship programs for Penn State students interested in a publishing career.
Some of the Press's most notable titles include:
The first book published by Penn State Press was Penn State Yankee: The Autobiography of Fred Lewis Pattee, the autobiography of a noted Penn State faculty member who was the first professor of American Literature in United States.