Arcadia Publishing

Arcadia Publishing
Industry Books, Publishing
Founded 1993
Headquarters Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Products Books
Number of employees

Arcadia Publishing is an American publisher of local history.[1][2][3]


It was founded in Dover, New Hampshire, in 1993 by United Kingdom-based Tempus Publishing, but became independent in 2004. The corporate office is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Its formula for regional publishing is to use local writers or historians to write about their community using 180 to 240 black-and-white photographs with captions and introductory paragraphs in a 128 page book.[4] The Images of America series is the company's largest product line.

Other series include Images of Rail, Images of Sports, Images of Baseball, Black America, Postcard History, Campus History, Corporate History, Legendary Locals, Images of Modern America, and Then & Now.

It has a catalog of more than 8,500 titles in print and hundreds of new titles released every year.[5]

The History Press

The History Press is a subsidiary publishing house, owned by Arcadia. Its books mainly deal with "narratives of local heroes, tragic losses, collections of homegrown recipes, historic mysteries, and everything in between"[6] Another popular series includes the "Haunted America" line of books, which are written by local authors about specific cities across the US.[7]


The books are printed in the United States. It handles its own sales and distribution with the following each accounting for one-third of the company's sales:

See also


  1. "Histories in the making", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 11, 2002.
  2. Nolte, Carl. "Mini-Americana publisher finds small to be bountiful", San Francisco Chronicle, October 27, 2005.
  3. Rice, Mark. "Arcadian Visions of the Past", Columbia Journal of American Studies, Volume 9, (Fall 2009), Retrieved September 27, 2010 (analysis of the successful Images of America series).
  4. Hall, Alan. "The Book Is at the Printer!" Archived October 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. March 20, 2005, and "Steubenville A Book Written by Librarians" Archived October 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine., July 3, 2005. Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio. Accessed August 24, 2007. Hall is a co-author and describes the process of writing and editing an Acadia book Steubenville ISBN 978-0-7385-3399-5.
  5. "Our Story", Arcadia Publishing. Accessed June 11, 2009.
  6. "The History Press". Arcadia Publishing. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  7. "Haunted America". Arcadia Publishing. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  8. Milliot, Jim. "Arcadia Publishing Adopts National View", Publishers Weekly, August 9, 2004. Accessed August 24, 2007.

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