At the October 1995 annual meeting of the Advisory Board of the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America, Board Chairman Paul Boyer moved to approve “Defining Print Culture for Youth” as the Center's second biennial conference. That autumn, Codirectors Wayne A. Wiegand and James P. Danky worked with me to draft a Call for Papers. In late 1996, paper proposals were carefully evaluated by a committee of Board members including Wayne Wiegand, James P. Danky, Rima Apple, Ginny Moore Kruse, Steve Vaughn, and Maureen Hady, the Center's Assistant Director. In May 1997, Maureen organized a flawless conference. Over two days, a most diverse group of scholars—from graduate students to senior faculty—shared their work and created new bonds. Maureen was ably assisted in her organizing efforts by a number of Wisconsin Historical Society staff members, including Carol Crossan, Amy Castle, Michael Edmonds, John Cherney, and J. Kevin Graffagnino.
This anthology consists of a series of essays selected by the committee members identified above from the papers presented at that conference. We greatly appreciate the support of James V. Carmichael, Editor of the Beta Phi Mu Monographs Series, and, at Libraries Unlimited, Ed Kurdyla and Martin Dillon, who kept this work on track and helped to produce a much better book. We are also indebted to Heather Daniels for constructing the index. The enthusiastic support of Michael Edmonds and Peter Gottlieb of the Wisconsin Historical Society was critical to the success of the conference. The “home” for the Center for the History of Print Culture