University of Toronto Press


The University of Toronto Press is a Canadian university press.[1] Although it was founded in 1901, the press did not actually publish any books until 1911.[2]

University of Toronto Press
Parent companyUniversity of Toronto
Country of originCanada
Headquarters locationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Publication typesScholarly books and journals

The press originally printed only examination books and the university calendar.[3] Its first scholarly book was a work by a classics professor at University College, Toronto.[3] The press took control of the university bookstore in 1933.[3] It employed a novel typesetting method to print issues of the Canadian Journal of Mathematics, founded in 1949.[4]

The press has always had close ties with University of Toronto Libraries. The press was partially located in the library from 1910-1920. The University Librarian Hugh Hornby Langton, the lead librarian of the University of Toronto Libraries, served as the first general editor of the University of Toronto Press. [5]

Sidney Earle Smith, president of the University of Toronto in the late 1940s and 1950s, instituted a new governance arrangement for the press modelled on the governing structure of the university as a whole (on the standard Canadian university governance model defined by the Flavelle commission). Henceforth, the press's business affairs and editorial decision-making would be governed by separate committees, the latter by academic faculty.[6] A committee composed of Vincent Bladen, George Williams Brown (general editor of the press from 1951[7]), and A. S. P. Woodhouse studied the publishing policies of American university presses to inform the structure of the press's publishing division.[6]

Beginning in 1971, the press printed its books simultaneously on paper and microfiche.[8]

The press is currently a member of the Association of University Presses.[9]

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  1. ^ Pound, Richard W., ed. (2005). The Fitzhenry and Whiteside Book of Canadian Facts and Dates (3d ed.). Fitzhenry & Whiteside. p. 337. ISBN 1-55041-171-3. OCLC 52540711.
  2. ^ Harman 1961, p. 19.
  3. ^ a b c Jeanneret 1989, p. 22.
  4. ^ Jeanneret 1989, p. 28.
  5. ^ Barc, Agath; Carliner, Jesse; Sommers, Emily; Wall, Margaret. "Scholarly Publishing". University of Toronto Exhibits. Retrieved 2023-08-03.
  6. ^ a b Jeanneret 1989, p. 31.
  7. ^ Jeanneret 1989, p. 37.
  8. ^ Montagnes, Ian (1972). "Scholarly Monographs on Microfiche: The University of Toronto Press as a Case in Point". Microform & Imaging Review. 1 (1). doi:10.1515/mfir.1972.1.1.29. ISSN 0949-5770. S2CID 162232860.
  9. ^ "Our Members". Association of University Presses. Retrieved January 30, 2023.


  • Harman, Eleanor, ed. (1961). The University as Publisher. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-1-4426-1519-9. JSTOR 10.3138/j.ctt1vxmbd1. OCLC 1151834758.
  • Jeanneret, Marsh (1989). God and Mammon: Universities as Publishers. Macmillan of Canada. ISBN 0-7715-9205-1. OCLC 20525803.
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  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography/Dictionnaire biographique du Canada. University of Toronto Press.