University of Kentucky Press Records: Bruce Denbo Papers

Abstract

The University of Kentucky Press Records: Bruce Denbo papers (dated 1946-1958, undated; 3.38 cubic feet; 9 document boxes, 1 slim document boxes) primarily comprise correspondence, budgets, and financial reports that document the activities and functions of the University of Kentucky Press and its first Director, Bruce Denbo.

Descriptive Summary

Title
University of Kentucky Press Records: Bruce Denbo Papers
Date
1946-1958, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Denbo, Bruce Frederick, 1913-
Extent
3.38 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Authors and publishers.
Publishers and publishing -- Kentucky.
University presses -- Kentucky
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject into seven series: Correspondence; Publicity and Marketing; Association of American University Presses; Other Publications Production; Office Files; Biographical Material: and Subject Files. Where possible, original folder names were retained.
Finding Aid Author
Ruth E. Bryan
Preferred Citation
0000ua238: [identification of item], Guide to the University of Kentucky Press Records: Bruce Denbo papers, 1946-1958, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The University of Kentucky Press was established by the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees in 1943. "In 1949 the Press was established as a separate academic agency under the university president, and the following year Bruce F. Denbo, then of Louisiana State University Press, was appointed as the first full-time professional director. Denbo served as director of UPK until his retirement in 1978, building a small but distinguished list of scholarly books with emphasis on American history and literary criticism." In 1969, the Press was reorganized as the University Press of Kentucky, "the statewide nonprofit scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, serving all Kentucky state-sponsored institutions of higher learning as well as five private colleges and Kentucky's two major historical societies."
Bruce Frederick Denbo was born in 1913 in Port Arthur, Texas, and lived his early life in Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University and earned an MA in Journalism in 1940. After serving in the military during World War II, he moved with his family to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to become the business manager of the Louisiana State University Press. He was recruited to run the University of Kentucky Press by Dr. Thomas D. Clark in 1949, and served as the Director from 1950-1978.
Sources: 1. "History." University Press of Kentucky website. https://www.kentuckypress.com/history/, accessed Aug. 6, 2020.
2. Elliott, Kenneth W. Some Impressions of Bruce F. Denbo, Director of the University of Kentucky Press and the University Press of Kentucky, 1950-1978. Lexington, Ky: 1978. Print.
Scope and Content
The University of Kentucky Press Records: Bruce Denbo papers (dated 1946-1958, undated; 3.38 cubic feet; 9 document boxes, 1 slim document boxes) primarily comprise correspondence, budgets, and financial reports that document the activities and functions of the University of Kentucky Press and its first Director, Bruce Denbo. Topics include the process of working with authors and their manuscripts; the operations of the Press; marketing the Press and its titles; Press publicity; and the requirements and finances for publishing the University of Kentucky student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1948-1958

Offices, 1948-1958

Office of the President (2 folders), 1948-1958

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Office of the Vice-President, 1951-1958

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Office of the Registrar, 1951-1956

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Office of the Comptroller, 1950-1958

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General/miscellaneous (17 folders), 1950-1958 June 30

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Authors, 1950-1958

Manuscripts returned for revision, 1950-1954

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Manuscripts returned to authors (2 folders), 1953

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Manuscripts rejected (2 folders), 1954-1955

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Bailey, Kenneth K., Antievolution Crusade, 1953-1956

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Clark, Thomas, Rampaging Frontier (includes original art), 1951-1952

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De Santis, Vincent P., Republicans and the New South, 1956

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Kulper, John, Culture in the South, 1955

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Gustin, O.O., The Development of the Idea of State Responsibility for Education in England, Germany, and France, 1957-1958

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Harbaugh, William H., Wilson, Roosevelt, and Lodge: The Coming of the First World, 1956-1957

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Phillips, Paul C., Western Fur Trade, 1954-1957

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Riley, Herbert Parks, South African Gardens, undated

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Rolnick, Stanley R., The Development of the Idea of Academic Freedom in American Higher Education, 1870-1920, 1955

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Shannon, Jasper, Barkeley Papers, 1957

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Simpson, Amos E., Hjalmar Schacht and the Changing German Economy, 1957-1958

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Talbert, Charles, Benjamin Logan, 1953

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Wahl, Charles, Jean Giraudoux, 1957

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Publicity and marketing, 1951-1955, undated

Advertising directed to UK Press, 1952-1954

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Arts-Crafts Engraving Co. (UKP seal), 1951-1952

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Drey's List ownership inventory, 1951-1953

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University Press office, publicity, 1951-1954

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Exhibits in which University Press participated (2 folders), 1952-1955

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Kentucky Library Association (KLA) exhibits, 1954

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Press advertisements, 1953-1954

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General promotion, 1954-1955

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General publicity, 1954-1955

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Previous University Press catalogs production and correspondence, 1951-1954

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UKP spring catalog, 1955

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English Literature Circular, 1954 fall

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Kentucky writers and faculty research, University Press publications, 1951

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Direct mail information, 1953

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Media advertising to UK Press, 1955

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Reviews and reviewing media, 1955, undated

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Small press cooperative selling, 1954

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Books out on exhibit, 1954-1955

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Advertising rate cards (2 folders), 1953-1955

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Association of American University Presses, 1952-1955

Meetings (3 folders), 1953-1955

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Correspondence (4 folders), 1952-1956

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Monthly Checklist of Books (2 folders), 1952-1955

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Exhibit notices (2 folders), 1952-1953

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Other publications production, 1946-1957

Dunne Press, 1949-1950

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Kentucky Kernel correspondence and financial records (12 folders), 1946-1957

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Journal of Southern History (includes original art), 1951-1954

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Kentucky Law Journal, 1952

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Rural Sociology Journal, 1950-1952

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University of Kentucky general catalog, 1950

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Literary Awards, 1952

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Founder's Day programs, 1953

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Office files, 1950-1955

American Red Cross contributions, 1955

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Auditing data (financial reports), 1955-1956

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Christmas card lists, 1954

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S.D. Warren Company (yearbook requirements), 1955

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United Community Service contributions, 1954

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University Press book inventory, 1950-1953

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University Press move to McVey Hall (includes keys), 1951

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Biographical material, 1952-1953, undated

Photograph of Bruce Denbo, undated

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Press releases and newspaper clippings about Bruce Denbo, 1952-1953

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Subject files, 1950-1953

The Educational Forum Directory Number, Vol. XVII, Part 2, 1953 January

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University Presses, other states (2 folders), 1950

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