Holt McDougal

Holt McDougal is an American publishing company, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, that specializes in textbooks for use in High Schools.

Holt McDougal
Holt, Rinehart and Winston
Parent companyHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
FoundedMarch 1960 (1960-03)
Country of originUnited States
Publication typesTextbooks, children's books
Official websitewww.hmcd.com

The Holt name is derived from that of U.S. publisher Henry Holt (1840–1926) but Holt McDougal is distinct from Henry Holt and Company. The company is publishing different kinds of books.


Holt, Rinehart and Winston (HRW) was created in March 1960 by the merger of Henry Holt and Company of New York City (established 1866); Rinehart & Company of New York, descendant of Farrar & Rinehart (est. 1929); and the John C. Winston Company of Philadelphia (est. 1884). The Wall Street Journal reported on March 1 that Holt stockholders had approved the merger, last of the three approvals. "Henry Holt is the surviving concern, but will be known as Holt, Rinehart, Winston, Inc."[1] In 1967, HRW was acquired by CBS.

In 1985 the retail publishing arm along with the Henry Holt name was acquired by the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group based in Stuttgart, Germany. Holtzbrinck acquired the Macmillan name in 2001 and Henry Holt is now an imprint of Macmillan US.

Also in 1985, the educational publishing arm along with the Holt, Rinehart and Winston name was acquired by Harcourt. Then, Harcourt made further divestments. From 2001 HRW was a division of Harcourt Education owned by Reed Elsevier, which sold off parts of Harcourt Education, including Holt, Rinehart, and Winston to Houghton Mifflin in 2007, part of a reorganization that created Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). HRW then combined with Prentice Hall's McDougal Littell subsidiary to form Holt McDougal.


Holt McDougal publishes textbooks on mathematics, language arts, social studies, science, health, and world language (French, Spanish, and German). It has published children's books for the Weekly Reader Book Club including Sweet Pickles, Fraggle Rock, and Snoopy. This American publishing company is based out of Dumfries, NC.

See also


  1. "Henry Holt Merger". The Wall Street Journal. March 1, 1960. Page 12.

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