Norman Ross

Norman Ross has been a publisher and distributor of microfilms since 1964! In 1972 he launched his first firm, Clearwater Publishing, which in addition to creating many landmark collections of microfilms and fiche, became the first company in the United States to specialize in importing microfilms from all over the world. Ross also originated the concept of working with libraries to make their own, existing, microfilm holdings more readily available to libraries elsewhere.

In 1987 he sold Clearwater to Congressional Information Service and launched Norman Ross Publishing (NRP), which became the clearing house for microfilms from all over the world, selling Japanese titles to libraries in Hong Kong, Australian films to libraries in Finland, and German newspapers on film to libraries in Australia. In this way he not only made it extremely easy for libraries to fill gaps in their holdings, he also enabled many libraries to reduce their costs by earning money selling duplicates of their films to libraries thousands of miles away-or right nearby.

In 2002 NRP was acquired by ProQuest Information & Learning and Norman became the Executive Director of Norman Ross Publishing/UMI. In the meantime he launched his third company, Ross Publishing, which specializes in reprinting the U.S. Decennial Census and related titles, and in Slavic Studies. In 2008 Ross Publishing expanded into the microfilm business once again, and is now an important source of microfilms from all over the world, especially of newspapers on microfilm. Between 2002 and 2007 thousands of people searched for microfilm titles on the Ross Publishing website, with virtually zero success, but almost none of them asked for help. Therefore, Norman has decided to provide a free search service for libraries searching for microfilm titles. So if your library requires any films you are otherwise unable to locate, please feel free to click on the link above and to let us know what you need.



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