University Press Week – Message from President Jimmy Carter

University Press Week Blog Tour 2012In June 1978, U.S. President Jimmy Carter proclaimed “University Press Week” to mark the centennial of university press publishing in the United States. This year, he sends this special comment on university presses to mark our first annual celebration of University Press Week as an ongoing event.

On University Presses and University Press Week 2012

When as president I proclaimed a “University Press Week” in 1978, I did so to honor the important role of university presses in advancing and preserving knowledge. Since then my personal appreciation and understanding of university presses has deepened. I have been proud to have a number of books of mine published by the University of Arkansas Press and to have contributed to other university press publications. University press books about my life and administration have impressed me with their scholarship. I am glad that “University Press Week” will again be celebrated. The special character and contribution of university presses should be better known and better supported.

—Jimmy Carter, July 16, 2012
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