History of V&R

The publishing house was founded in 1735 by Abraham Vandenhoeck (1700-1750) in connection with the establishment of the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen.


After Abraham Vandenhoeck's death in 1750, his English-born widow, Anna Vandenhoeck, née Parry (d. 1787) successfully continued the business together with Carl Friedrich Günther Ruprecht (born 1730), who had entered the business as an eighteen-year old apprentice in 1748. At the death of Anna Vandenhoeck in 1787, Ruprecht took over the business which he led until his death in 1816, when he was succeeded by his then 25-year old son Carl August Adolf Ruprecht (1791-1861). Leadership of the company remained in the hands of the Ruprecht family for seven generations.

The classical core areas of the publications of V&R are Theology and Religion, History, Ancient History, Philosophy and Philology. Current production also includes schoolbooks and non-academic publications.

In 1935, the Göttingen Academy of Sciences gave Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht responsibility for its publications. These include the Abhandlungen der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, the Nachrichten der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, and the Göttingische Gelehrte Anzeigen, the last of which is the oldest academic journal in the German-language area.

During the Nazi period, V&R published the journal Junge Kirche (“Young Church”), the mouthpiece of the anti-Nazi Protestant Confessing Church. The periodical was shut down by the authorities in 1941; for the rest of World War II, the company was forced to limit its publishing to philology, natural sciences and schoolbooks. After the war, it went back to its earlier ambitions to be a comprehensive academic press.
 
Today, about 55 people work in the publisher’s buildings in the Theaterstraße and Robert-Bosch-Breite. Two apprenticeship positions are offered each year. In 2003, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht founded a subsidiary, V&R unipress, for the demands of highly specialized academic publishing.

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