McFarland & Company

McFarland & Company
McFarland & Company
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Parent company Independent
Status Active
Founded 1979
Founder Robert Franklin
Country of origin  United States
Headquarters location Jefferson, North Carolina
Distribution Worldwide
Key people Robert Franklin, Rhonda Herman
Publication types academic and adult nonfiction, scholarly journals
Nonfiction topics pop culture, sports, military history, transportation, chess, medieval studies, literary criticism, librarianship
Number of employees About 50
Official website

McFarland & Company, Inc. is a book publisher of primarily academic and adult nonfiction based in Jefferson, North Carolina. Its president and editor-in-chief is Robert Franklin, who began the enterprise in 1979.[1][2][3] McFarland employs a staff of about 50, and as of 2011 had published approximately 5,000 titles.[4]


Subject matter

Its target markets are libraries and direct mailing to enthusiasts.[1] They have been noted in an editorial by Dr. Ron Hyatt (d. 2007)[5] of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for publishing of a high quality along a variety of interests. Of particular praise was their contribution to sports literature, especially baseball history.[1][6] According to the Mountain Times, McFarland publishes about 275 scholarly monograph and reference book titles a year.[4][7] The company now claims that figure has increased to 400 per year.[8] International chess master Jeremy Silman has called McFarland "one of the unsung heroes of the chess publishing world"[9] and "undisputed king when it comes to publishing works on chess history."[10]

List of Scholarly Journals

  • Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game
  • Black Ball: A Journal of the Negro Leagues
  • Clues: A Journal of Detection
  • Journal of Information Ethics
  • North Korean Review

Key people

Notable people within the organization include Franklin, Executive Vice President Rhonda Herman, who is noted for having brought the company into the electronic age,[7] and Acquisitions Editor Charles Perdue.[4]


McFarland claims to be three-time winner of the Governor's Business Award in the Arts and Humanities.[8]


External links

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