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Chicago Publisher A.C. McClurg and Co: An Interactive Timeline

Lucas Dietrich’s article “‘At the Dawning of the Twentieth Century’: W.E.B. Du Bois, A.C. McClurg & Co. and the Early Circulation of The Souls of Black Folk” traces the initial publication and reception of Du Bois’ 1903 book. Research for the project was supported by a Northeast Modern Language Association fellowship at the Newberry Library. Dr. Dietrich teaches at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and can be reached at

A.C. McClurg & Co. made the vast majority of its money as wholesale distributors, using their Chicago location strategically to ship books, stationery, and other retail products to the West. In the late-nineteenth century, however, the company sought to establish its reputation alongside the prestigious literary publishers of Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston. They did so, in part, by publishing a number of multi-ethnic authors, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Emma Wolf, and Edith Eaton/Sui Sin Far. This timeline offers an interactive history of A.C. McClurg & Co., with a focus on this corporate dynamic at the turn of the century.

Cite this article:
Lucas Dietrich, “Chicago Publisher A.C. McClurg and Co: An Interactive Timeline,” Book History Unbound (2017),