Albertson College of Idaho and Caxton Press partner to keep important Idaho history books in circulation.
2006. 10. 11.
Albertson College of Idaho and Caxton Press have finalized a trade distribution agreement that secures the continued availability of some of the most important books about the history and culture of Idaho.
Albertson College of Idaho has assigned control of the inventory and copyrights of books published by Historic Idaho, Inc., a non-profit publisher that recently donated its assets to the college. Arthur A. Hart, author of some of the most beloved books about the region published in the last 27 years, including Life in Old Boise, Wings Over Idaho, and Basin of Gold worked to affect the transfer. Hart taught at the college from 1948 until 1953, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree by the school in 1985. To him Albertson College was the logical successor to Historic Idaho, Inc., because of his personal love and admiration for the school and because of Caxton's close relationship with the college and its ability to carry on distribution of the books. "We were all volunteers at Historic Idaho, and felt after all these years it was time to donate our assets to a respected educational institution able to carry on the work started in 1979."
"Arthur wanted to step back from his active participation in the publishing enterprise and was looking for a partner to continue his work," said Albertson College president Dr. Robert Hoover. " CofI was happy to help and honored that he looked to us in this regard."
Immediately after agreeing to work with Mr. Hart, CofI looked to local publishing house Caxton Press to help the college manage the new relationship. What has emerged is a trade distribution agreement between CofI and Caxton Press in which Caxton will represent the Historic Idaho titles to the book trade on behalf of the college.
"Caxton Press was an obvious choice," stated Hoover. "Their history, their reputation and their ability to access the book market made it an easy decision. It is a wonderful opportunity, Historic Idaho and Arthur Hart's years of scholarship remain available to the public and Albertson College benefits from the association."
Caxton Press is one of the oldest publishing houses in the West with an active title list of over 300 books which includes books published by the University of Idaho Press, Black Canyon Publishing, Snake Country Publishing and the University of Idaho Historical Manuscript series and now Historic Idaho Inc..
Note: For further information contact Scott Gipson @sgipson@caxtonpress .com