Biography and History

Chester Kerr was the director of Yale University Press for two decades until 1979, during which time he helped organize the press as a University Department. Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, in 1913, Kerr worked for Harcourt, Brace following his graduation from Yale. From 1940 on, he served as director of the Atlantic Monthly Press. During WW II, he worked for the Office of War Information. After the war, he worked briefly for Reynald & Hitchcock before joining the Yale Press as an editor in 1949. Following his departure from Yale, Kerr became president of Ticknor and Fields, where he stayed until 1985. Chester Kerr passed away in 1999.

Source: From the finding aid for MC242

  • Chester Brooks Kerr Papers. 1936-1947 (inclusive).

    Call Number: MC242

    This collection contains Chester Kerr’s early papers on book publishing. It documents his involvement with Atlantic Monthly Press and his employment at Reynal and Hitchcock. It also documents Kerr’s work with the United States International Book Association, a short-lived non-profit organization founded in 1945 and dedicated to addressing the issues surrounding international book trade and exports.

  • Chester Brooks Kerr Papers. 1936-1947 (inclusive).

    Call Number: MC242

    This collection contains Chester Kerr’s early papers on book publishing. It documents his involvement with Atlantic Monthly Press and his employment at Reynal and Hitchcock. It also documents Kerr’s work with the United States International Book Association, a short-lived non-profit organization founded in 1945 and dedicated to addressing the issues surrounding international book trade and exports.