UNM Press celebrates 75 years
The University of New Mexico Press recently kicked off its year-long 75th anniversary celebration. The fall 2004 catalog features “75th Anniversary Titles,” books exemplifying the press’ publishing mission.
Featured titles include: “New Mexico: Images of a Land and Its People” by Luciean Niemeyer, “Serafina’s Stories” by Rudolfo Anaya, “Historia de la Nueva México, 1610” by Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá, and “Navaho Trading Days” by Elizabeth Compton Hegemann.
Anaya’s children’s book, “The Santero’s Miracle,” will be released during the anniversary year as well as “Ol’ Max Evans: The First Thousand Years,” a memoir of by Slim Randles.
The UNM Board of Regents unanimously approved establishing the University of New Mexico Press on June 1, 1929. Its inaugural publications were pamphlets, with the first hardcover, bound full-length book, “New Mexico History and Civics,” by Lansing Bloom and Thomas Donnelly in 1933.
Paul A.F. Walter, Jr. was the first director of the press, leaving his position as editor of the Roswell Morning Dispatch to take the job in 1930. In 1933, Fred E. Harvey was hired as director when Walter left to complete a Ph.D. He became the founding faculty member of UNM’s sociology department.
Bestseller of the era was “Practical Spoken Spanish” by Arthur L. Campa and F. M. Kercheville, published in 1934 and still in print today.
The press’ best-selling title is “The Education of Little Tree” by Forrest Carter. Originally deemed a non-fiction account of the life of a Cherokee boy, it was later discovered to be a novel. In 1991, the title won the first annual Abby Award from the American Booksellers’ Association as book of the year.
For more information on the press’ publishing mission or to become a Friend of the Press, call Amanda Sutton at 277-0655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.