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The Downfall of The Ryerson Press

Bradley-St-Cyr, Ruth ;Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa; Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa

Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa 2014

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  • Title:
    The Downfall of The Ryerson Press
  • Author/Creator: Bradley-St-Cyr, Ruth
  • Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa; Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
  • Publisher: Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
  • Creation Date: 2014
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Canadian Literature ; Ryerson Press ; United Church Of Canada ; Canadian Publishing ; Mcgraw-Hill ; Curriculum ; Observer ; Management
  • Description: For 141 years, The Ryerson Press was both a cultural engine for and a reflection of Canadian society. Founded in 1829 as the Methodist Book Room, it was Canada’s first English-language book publisher and became the largest textbook publisher in Canada. Its contributions to Canadian literature, particularly under long-time editor Lorne Pierce, were considerable. In 1970, however, the press was sold to American branch plant McGraw-Hill, causing a cultural and nationalist crisis in the publishing community. The purpose of this thesis is to explanation many of the factors causing the United Church to sell the House. The purchase of an expensive and outdated printing press in 1962 has been blamed for the sale, as has the general state of Canadian publishing at the time. However, the whole story is much more complex and includes publication choices, personnel shifts, management failures, financial ruin, organizational politics, inflation, and the massive cultural shift of the late 1960s. Specifically, the thesis looks at the succession crisis that followed Lorne Pierce’s retirement, the Woods, Gordon Management Report, the New Curriculum, The United Church Observer, the practice of hiring ministers as managers, the formation of the Division of Communication, the proposed merger of the United Church...
  • Target Audience: en
  • Identifier: DOI: 10.20381/ruor-3715