1955 The first of our serial bibliographies, Historical Abstracts, is published at the University of Vienna's Historical Institute.
1960 Inge Inge and Eric Boehm move the operation to Santa Barbara, California. The index to Historical Abstracts becomes the first computer-produced serial bibliography index.
1961 CLIO Press is created to publish Historical Periodicals. In Greek mythology, Clio was the muse—patron goddess—of history; as such, she symbolizes the origins of the company’s publishing program in historical literature and bibliography.
1967 The company’s book publishing division is established—what would become well known by librarians and scholars everywhere for the quality of its reference titles in the humanities and social sciences, especially history and political science.
1983 ABC-CLIO expands into publishing for secondary schools with the acquisition of a fact-card file on countries around the world, which is renamed Kaleidoscope: Current World Data and later becomes our first multimedia product for the schools market.
1990 Intellimation, a subsidiary of ABC-CLIO, contracts with Apple Computer to publish the Library for the Macintosh, which, in a two-year period, becomes the largest collection of educational courseware for the Macintosh in the United States.
1991 ABC-CLIO begins publishing serial bibliographies in CD-ROM format.
1994 ABC-CLIO launches Exegy, a multimedia program for school libraries based on the print publication Kaleidoscope, in CD-ROM format. Intellimation begins expanding its multimedia publishing program by partnering with textbook publishers to create digital textbooks and resource links to the curriculum.
1998 Historical Abstracts and America: History & Life becomes available on the web.
2000 ABC-CLIO introduces its Solutions databases—social studies websites designed for secondary students that provide authoritative reference and integrate teacher curricula—starting with American Government, American History, World Geography, and State Geography. The book publishing division of ABC-CLIO wins an unprecedented 17 awards, with the five-volume Encyclopedia of the American Civil War receiving the Booklist Editors’ Choice award and the RUSA/American Library Association award.
2001 The ABC-CLIO Schools division—dedicated to publishing social studies reference and curriculum materials for middle and high school libraries and classrooms—is introduced. In June, ABC-CLIO’s eBook publishing program is launched at the American Library Association’s annual meeting. Later in 2001, CLIO Notes and CLIO Alert are added to Historical Abstracts and America: History & Life, making the databases even more useful to students and scholars. ABC-CLIO Schools adds World History: The Modern Era to the four existing Solutions databases in the social studies suite.
2004 In September, the sixth social studies website, World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras, is added, making the Solutions databases collection the complete social studies reference resource for secondary students. In November 2004, ABC-CLIO announces the milestone of reaching ten million user sessions for Historical Abstracts and America: History & Life. CLIO Journals, a program to provide low-cost online hosting for history journals, is launched. ABC-CLIO Schools introduces Reel to Real, a feature that provides students and teachers with historical and political context for understanding the people and events featured in recently released historical movies. The Encyclopedia of World War II, the definitive reference on the Second World War, is published.
2005 During the company’s 50th anniversary year, ABC-CLIO acquires Journal of the West from Sunflower University Press; publishes World War II: A Student Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO’s first print reference work designed especially for secondary students; and launches its newest subscription website, United States at War: Understanding Conflict and Society.
2008 ABC-CLIO acquires Greenwood, Libraries Unlimited (LU), and Linworth publishing.
2009 During the 2009 American Library Association Midwinter Conference, the company’s Pop Culture Universe: Icons Idols Ideas database receives the prestigious Dartmouth Medal as the most outstanding and significant reference work of 2008. The company’s eight history databases have now received more than 50 awards, including the Distinguished Achievement Award and the CODiE Award from the Association of Educational Publishers and the Software & Information Industry Association respectively.
2010 A decade into the 21st century, ABC-CLIO continues in its well-established tradition of tapping the power of digital publishing tools, online distribution, and technology-enabled collaboration to make positive and substantial impacts on teaching, learning, and scholarship.
2013 ABC-CLIO Solutions introduces a 15th online curriculum and research database to the suite, Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences.
2014 Video lessons called Course Essentials are launched on the American History database (both schools and academic versions). The Course Essentials videos are taught by master teachers and incorporate text, images, and audio/video designed specifically to engage and aid 21st-century learners.
2015 ABC CLIO’s Libraries Unlimited imprint launches the cutting-edge professional development resource for school librarians: School Library Connection. In bimonthly magazine with a 24/7 online platform it is by school librarians for school librarians who actively share new techniques and perspectives that boost student learning.
2016 ABC-CLIO Solutions suite debuts new research-based interface for schools. The suite of 15 social studies curriculum and research databases showcases an even more intuitive interface design that more vigorously pushes students to ask questions, develop arguments, and discover meaning; and features a number of new student research tools like formative self-assessment quizzes and Google Classroom integration.
2017 Eric Boehm, ABC-CLIO's founder and longtime leader, passes away.