The History of Springer Publishing Company

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This is a unique and intimate insider's account of the founding and growth of a small New York science and medical publishing company over the first 57 years. Bernhard Springer, the Berlin-born great-grandson of the founder of Springer-Verlag, started his own publishing company in 1950. For the next 20 years, he slowly but surely grew his company from the ground up, demonstrating a preternatural ability to foresee areas where quality publishing was needed and answering that need. Beginning modestly with books like the Livesk Health Encyclopedia, he published his first nursing title, Handbook of Cardiology for Nurses in 1952. The company would soon branch into other fields, but nursing remained (as it remains today) Springer Publishing's signature subject, the quality and depth of which list having cemented Springer's reputation as one of the major publishers in the field.

In the 1960s, Springer again recognized a nascent field in need of quality research-gerontology—and became one of the first publishers to commission books extensively on the topic, again establishing an international reputation as a industry leader in that field. The company continued to build its programs in other areas, including psychology, where its publication of the controversial psychologist Silvan Tomkins's The Picture Arrangement Test established a reputation for risk-taking.

Bernhard Springer's untimely death in 1970 left the company in the hands of his wife Ursula, a teacher by trade, who went on to run the company for 34 years. Dr. Springer oversaw in that long turbulent period many changes in the publishing industry but continued to build on her husband's innovations while establishing an identity of her own as a book and journals publisher to reckon with.

This book is Dr. Springer's story of the Springer Publishing Company, from its inception to its sale to Mannheim Holdings, LLC, in 2004, and beyond. Dr. Springer tells a fascinating first-hand tale of the joys and travails of starting and maintaining a small publishing business, the delicate art of courting and signing good authors (and books), and other tricks of the trade. She is particularly vivid in conveying the spirit, special character, and accomplishments of the company, which has had its share of successes and disappointments, as well as colorful personalities, among both its authors and its employees. Today, Springer Publishing Company remains a thriving concern and this book is not only enlightening reading to anyone interested in publishing, business history, or Springer Publishing, but also serves as a fitting tribute to two people of unusual vision and intrepidity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826111128
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/4/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ursula Springer, PhD, a native Berliner, studied Germanistics, Romanistics,
and Anglistics at the Universities of Berlin, Bologna, and Munich. She obtained a scholarship for a year of study at the University of Bologna
(Italy) in 1941. At the University of Munich, she was active in international student affairs. In 1950 she received a U.S. government scholarship for the study of education at the University of Minnesota, where she completed her MA in 1952, and started to teach high school in
Minneapolis. In 1954, she moved to New York to complete her PhD at
Columbia University in comparative education. She began her college teaching career at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, on undergraduate and graduate levels. Her special fields were comparative education and social foundation of education.

Dr. Springer directed a major international research project on European curriculum reforms after World War II. She published articles and a monograph on the subject, established a journal, West European
, and was a Fulbright Professor at Berlin University (1969).
After the death of her husband in 1970, she took over the publishing company that he had founded in 1950. As a publisher, she continued her husband's development of books in psychology, and especially nursing, for the growing number of nurses aiming at advanced degrees.
She also actively pursued gerontology, culminating in the Encyclopedia of Aging, now in its fourth edition. Other areas that Springer publishes in are public health and social work.

Serving 34 years as owner and president of Springer Publishing Company,
Ursula Springer was elected a member of the Board of Directors of the American Publishers Association. She received honorary membership in the honor society in nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, the Gerontological
Society of America, and some regional groups. She became the first honorary fellow in the newly established American Academy of
Nursing. Dr. Springer retired in 2004 and currently lives in New York
City and Tuxedo, New York.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
Origins of Springer-Verlag in Germany, 1842-1906     1
The Growth of Springer-Verlag, 1906-1966: A Family Dynasty     11
Bernhard Springer's Early Life in Berlin and Emigration to America     19
The Founding of Springer Publishing Company and Its First 20 Years, 1950-1970     27
Influential Publications in Psychology     37
Books in Nursing-Roots for Professional Growth     43
Marriage and Years With Ursula     51
Bernhard's Illness and Death, 1969-1970     61
Ursula Springer Assumes Leadership of the Company     73
On the 25th Anniversary of Springer Publishing Company     83
Gerontology-Annual Reviews and Encyclopedias     101
Nursing Publications: Series, Encyclopedias, and Milestone Books     109
Psychology and Counseling     119
Public Health, Social Work, Springer's Best-selling Textbook     129
Journals     137
Housing Our Books, Move to SoHo, Business Practices     145
The Springer Style With Authors and Staff     163
International Horizons     177
Epilogue     195
Index     205
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