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The "Dictionary of Missouri Biography" stands on display at the University of Missouri Press on Friday, June 1, 2012, in Columbia, Mo. The dictionary is one of many books that have been published by the University of Missouri Press whose focus has been to preserve the cultural history of Missouri. The original illustrations for the book remain on display at the offices. The planned closing of the University of Missouri Press comes as academic publishers struggle with the shift to digital-first information.

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Univ. of Mo. leaders back decision to close press

University of Missouri leaders stood behind the school's cost-cutting decision to shutter its academic press on Wednesday, saying they looked forward to remodeling the 54-year-old publishing house to emphasize digital distribution.

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