Thomas Y. Crowell Co.

Thomas Y. Crowell Co. was a publishing company founded by Thomas Y. Crowell. The company began as a bookbindery founded by Benjamin Bradley in 1834. Crowell operated the business after Bradley's death in 1862 and eventually purchased the company from Bradley's widow in 1870.[1]

Thomas Y. Crowell Co.
FounderThomas Y. Crowell
SuccessorHarper & Row
Country of originUnited States
Publication typesBooks


The company began publishing books in 1876, and in 1882 T. Irving Crowell joined his father in the business. Jeremiah Osborne Crowell became the sales manager.

In 1909, after Thomas Y. Crowell died, T. Irving Crowell became the company's president. Then in 1937, after T. Irving Crowell retired, the third generation Robert L. Crowell took over and moved towards publishing trade books and biographies. They were sold to Dun & Bradstreet in 1968.

In 1974, Crowell acquired the textbook publisher Intext, which also owned the trade publisher Abelard-Schuman.[2] In 1978, the company was sold to Harper & Row, which bought Lippincott and combined the two into Lippincott & Crowell in 1979. Lippincott & Crowell was merged into Harper & Row in 1980.[3]

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  1. "The LUCILE Project". Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  2. FOB Search Results
  3. Mitgang, Herbert (1980-03-27). "Harper Absorbs Lippincott & Crowell". Retrieved 2013-04-28.
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