Preliminary Guide to the Superior Press Records

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Salisbury, Albert
Superior Press.
Superior Press Records
Date [inclusive]
circa 1945-1983
6.0 Linear feet 6 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC staff use) 2-11-7-3.
Materials are in English.

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Superior Press was a Seattle, Washington, publisher that specialized in novels and non-fiction works, including Pacific Northwest pictorial histories and regional themed stories. The press was owned by Albert Salisbury, who also owned the related business Artcraft Engraving and Electrotype Company. In the 1980s, Superior Press came under the ownership of Darwin Publications of Burbank, California.

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Collection Description

This collection contains records of Superior Press of Seattle, Washington, between 1969 and 1983. The collection primarily consists of correspondence, financial records, and promotional materials about books and authors connected to the press. The collection also contains corporate documents of Artcraft Engraving and Electrotype Company, between 1945 and 1978.

Preliminary Inventory:

Box 1: Financial records, primarily credit memos and deposit slips from 1981 and 1982.

Box 2: Correspondence, advertisements, financial records, papers related to the book publishing industry, as well as photographs, recipes, and promotional materials for the Jackie Stone cooking show on KATU Channel 2 (1969-1970), between 1969 and 1980.

Box 3: Bound volumes of payroll and accounts payable records, prepared financial statements (1979-1983), papers related to book reviews and authors (1970s), as well a copy of a book manuscript.

Box 4: Correspondence, financial records, as well as media related publications including newspaper clippings, photographs (including one negative), and press releases, between 1971 and 1982.

Box 5-6: Address book, correspondence, financial records, and catalogs pertaining to other publishing companies and related businesses (1975-1983); Box 6: Stock certificates for Superior Press, meeting minutes for Artcraft Engraving and Electrotype Company (1945-1978) as well as corporate papers and financial records for Artcraft Engraving and Electrotype Company.

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610


This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright restrictions apply.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Washington State University Libraries by Albert Salisbury in 1985 (MS.1985.25).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Superior Press.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Northwest, Pacific -- History


  • Cooking--United States--History--20th century.
  • Publishers and publishing--Northwest, Pacific--History--Archives

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