Hamilton College

Burke Library

Department of Special Collections and Archives
United States

Primary Contact:
Randall Ericson

Program Overview

The Couper Press was established in 2006 by Couper Librarian Randall Ericson of the Burke Library at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. The press is named in honor of the late Richard W. Couper ‘44, an alumnus, life trustee of Hamilton, and benefactor of the Burke Library. The press publishes a quarterly journal of scholarship, American Communal Societies Quarterly (ACSQ), which showcases the communal societies collections of Burke Library. American Communal Societies Series, a monograph series, presents new scholarship pertaining to American intentional communities as well as reprints of, and critical introductions to, important historical works that may be difficult to find or are out of print. Shaker Studies are short monographs on the Shakers. Occasional publications are published on topics that highlight the special collections of the Burke Library.

Year publishing activities began: 2006

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (1.25)

Funding sources (%): endowment income (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

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Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (4); monographs (5)

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Media formats: text; images

Disciplinary specialties: communal studies; religious studies; sociology; American history; musicology

Top publications: Prison Diary and Letters of Chester Gillette (monograph); Visiting the Shakers, 1778–1849: Watervliet, Hancock, Tyringham, New Lebanon (monograph); Encyclopedic Guide to American Intentional Communities (monograph); A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA (monograph); Demographic Directory of the Harmony Society (monograph)

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Internal partners: individual faculty; undergraduate students

External partners: museums; libraries; private collectors

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Digital preservation strategy: digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); copy-editing

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Considering making the American Communal Societies Quarterly available through an institutional repository.
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