Our History

Our company’s distinctive name reflects its rich history in reference and educational publishing. The American Bibliographic Center (ABC) was founded in 1955 to create serial bibliographies. Soon after, CLIO Press was formed to publish historical periodicals, and ABC-CLIO was born. Clio, one of the nine Greek muses and patron goddess of history, serves as fitting inspiration for our activities, both then and now.

Over the years, we’ve expanded our focus to include many disciplines and embrace the best of new technologies, but we’ve remained true to our original commitment to excellence, innovation, and meeting the needs of our customers.

We’re proud to be continuing the family tradition begun by Inge and Eric Boehm. Today, ABC-CLIO is owned by Bloomsbury Publishing, a leading independent publishing house, to support its Academic division. Founded in 1986 by Nigel Newton, Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford and Sydney, and has published numerous award-winning titles and commercial successes, including the internationally best-selling Harry Potter series. Learn more about Bloomsbury USA.

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