Mount Ida Press


Mount Ida Press specializes in high-quality, illustrated books on history and architecture. We publish our own titles, and we’re experts at making books for others—clubs, schools and universities, businesses, associations, museums and other not-for-profits, publishers, and government agencies.
We offer start-to-finish publishing services, from concept development and feasibility planning through writing, editing, picture research, proofreading, graphic design, and printing coordination. Thomson-Shore has been our trusted partner in transforming our exacting editorial work and design into handsomely printed volumes.
We research and write corporate, club, and institutional histories to help celebrate anniversaries and centennials and to support development activities. We create reunion class books and catalogs for museums and historical societies. Our books help property owners and project directors promote their work.
We’re experts at editing and proofreading, ensuring accuracy and clarity. We regularly edit manuscripts by authors from around the world. Since 1991 we’ve edited an international scholarly magazine that is archived in JSTOR. We create easy-to-use indexes for books, journals, and government records.
Thomson-Shore did an excellent job of producing our first book, on ornamental ironwork, and their high-quality production has helped us keep it in print for almost twenty years. Nearly all of our books are illustrated with difficult-to-reproduce historic photos, but Thomson-Shore has excelled at getting the most out of every image.
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These are some of our titles:
The President as Architect: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Top Cottage. Open Space Institute staff wrote: “OSI is extremely proud of our work at Top Cottage, and now with this beautiful book, we can readily impart the importance of this site to anyone who asks!”
Albany Architecture: A Guide to the City. The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians called this book “an indispensable reference,” which “fully merits a place of distinction among the urban architectural guides to Upstate New York.”
Fort Orange Club, The First 125 Years, 1880-2005. Matthew Bender IV, chair of the club’s history subcommittee, wrote that it was “a distinct pleasure to work with Diana Waite, president of Mount Ida Press. She is a diligent researcher, an excellent writer, and a tough publishing taskmistress in all the right ways.”
New York Yacht Club, Harbour Court. The commodore of the yacht club, which owns this waterfront estate in Newport, R.I., recently thanked us “for an outstanding effort in creating the Harbour Court publication.”
APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology. The British magazine Context wrote that the Bulletin “once again demonstrates the breadth of conservation concerns in North America, but also the applicability of principles and practices that can inform and propel good conservation elsewhere.”
Ornamental Ironwork: Two Centuries of Craftsmanship in Albany and Troy, New York. Clem Labine, founder of Traditional Building, called this “a fascinating exploration of a vanished American art form” and predicted that “the detailed illustrations in this brilliant volume will further inspire the newly emerging interest in ornamental iron.”