Dan Raff on ‘The Oxford and Cambridge University Presses’
Fri, November 30, 2012 • 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206
Daniel Raff WHARTON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Both the Cambridge and Oxford University Presses underwent extensive restructuring in the late 1960s and 1970s that had enduring consequences. The two presses had many similarities. They were probably the two leading university presses in the world. Yet there were significant contrasts. OUP had branches throughout the world while Cambridge had but one major branch in New York City, which was closely controlled by the Cambridge Syndics. OUP New York on the other hand had a much higher degree of autonomy. OUP had a decentralized system while the Cambridge system was highly centralized. And though the two were the leading presses, OUP published some 850 titles a year while Cambridge published 250 at most. But they faced similar challenges. What brought about the radical reorganization of the two presses? Why do the changes of the 1960s and 1970s have ramifications to the present?
Daniel Raff holds appointments in Management, History, and Law at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He previously taught at Columbia, Harvard, and Magdalen College, Oxford. Much of his work in recent years has concerned the economic and business history of the book trade in the UnitedStates. His articles have appeared in the American Economic Review and the American Historical Review.