Truman State University Press was established in 1986 to publish peer-reviewed research and literature for the scholarly community and the reading public, originally focusing on sixteenth-century European history. Over the years, the Press became known for its high-quality titles, topics, and authors in our Early Modern Studies series, a premier venue for interdisciplinary studies in the Renaissance and Reformation era. The Press publishes important works on the American Midwest and selected topics in American history/American studies, including the Truman Legacy Series. TSUP’s literature publications include poetry in the New Odyssey Series, a Contemporary Nonfiction Series, and a literary journal, Chariton Review. Since 1997, the Press has sponsored the T. S. Eliot Prize, an annual award for the best collection of poetry in English named in honor of native Missourian T. S. Eliot. The Notable Missourians series for young readers and a series on Education and the Liberal Arts were launched in 2014. The Young Voices of Missouri project, begun in 2016 as a special issue of Chariton Review, publishes the work of high school students in Missouri.
In 2017, in light of significant challenges for public higher education institutions in Missouri, including continuing cuts to core appropriations, the Press began the process of downsizing operations. This included moving the Early Modern Studies series to Penn State University Press and discontinuing publications in the areas of American Midwest, American history, and regional studies. TSUP continues to distribute active titles and is continuing to work with Chariton Review, but is not publishing new titles.
As part of the Truman State University community, the Press serves as a local resource for faculty by providing guidance on intellectual property, scholarly communication, and the publishing process.
The Press operates under the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.