Elton B. Stephens sold magazines to earn money for college.
Elton B. Stephens graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law and decided managing the sale of magazines was more profitable than a career in law.
Elton B. Stephens and his wife, Alys Robinson Stephens, formed a partnership to sell magazines, personalized binders and racks to the U.S. Armed Forces under the name of Military Service Company.
Metal Fabricators and Finishers (currently Vulcan Industries) was formed to manufacture display stands.
Vulcan Binder & Cover (now Vulcan Information Packaging) was formed to manufacture binders.
Hartsfield Printing Company (currently EBSCO Media) was purchased to supply personalized stationery to the armed forces.
Vulcan Enterprises (currently EBSCO Professional Partnership Group) started to provide community-related messages for binder covers.
Operations were combined under EBSCO Industries, Inc., “profit centers” were established, and corporate headquarters moved to the center of Birmingham.
Hanson-Bennett Magazine Agency, Chicago, was acquired.
Library Subscription Service Office, EBSCO’s first sales effort to libraries, was opened in Boston.
The Burkhardt Co. of Detroit (binder manufacturer) was purchased.
National Publications Co. of Los Angeles was acquired.
EBSCO Subscription Services (ESS) had 10 regional offices.
Vulcan Information Packaging built the nation’s most modern loose-leaf binder plant.
J.T. Stephens succeeded Elton B. Stephens as president.
Franklin Square Agency was purchased to double the volume of ESS.
Publisher Promotion and Fulfillment (currently PPF) was founded to serve publishers.
ESS opened an office in Europe.
Valley Joist was acquired.
H. Wilson Company, Chicago, was acquired.
EBSCO Media quadrupled its size by moving to a new location.
EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services was established to provide subscription savings to professional offices.
EBSCO Telephone Sales (currently EBSCO TeleServices) was created to provide promotional and research capabilities to publishers.
PRADCO (Rebel Lures) was acquired by EBSCO. Cordell was then acquired by PRADCO.
EBSCO Subscription Services established a Regional Office in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
EBSCO moved to a 134,000-square-foot International Headquarters.
Moore-Cottrell, a subscription agency, was acquired.
NSC International was purchased.
EBSCO Publishing was created to provide a serials reference book to the library community.
EBSCO Electronic Information (now part of EBSCO Publishing) was initiated to develop and produce electronic information products.
Popular Magazine Review (currently Magazine Article Summaries) was acquired.
McAinsh of Canada was purchased as part of CANEBSCO Subscription Services.
Luxor was acquired.
Hill Library and Information Services of New Zealand was purchased as part of EBSCO Subscription Services.
Vulcan Industries combined all operations into a new 168,000-square-foot facility.
Majors Scientific Subscription division was acquired as part of EBSCO Subscription Services.
EBSCO went online with its first home page on the World Wide Web at www.ebsco.com.
EBSCO Industries, Inc., celebrated its 50-year anniversary.
Magazine Express, EBSCO’s first division to offer subscriptions directly to consumers, was acquired.
Northeast Looseleaf, manufacturer of vinyl and case-made binders, was acquired as part of Vulcan Binder & Cover’s operations.
Offilib, the major journal and book supplier to the French research community, consolidated operations with EBSCO Subscription Services’ French Regional Office.
EBSCO Information Services (EIS) formed to provide libraries with one source for quality information-related services and products.
The Web version of EBSCONET® Online Subscription Service debuted, offering a variety of subscription services via the Internet.
Alys Robinson Stephens, wife of EBSCO Founder and Chairman Emeritus Elton B. Stephens, passed away February 5 at age 86.
Valley Joist celebrated the grand opening of its second manufacturing facility in Fernley, Nevada.
EBSCO acquired Modern Muzzleloading, the manufacturer and marketer of Knight Rifles and its subsidiary, Green Mountain Rifle Barrel Company, Inc.
Wayne Industries, Inc., a sign manufacturer, was acquired by EBSCO.
EBSCO TeleServices acquired Telemarketing Network, Inc. (TNI), in Cayuhoga Falls, Ohio.
EBSCO Development Company was formed and began plans for a traditional neighborhood development called Mt Laurel.
Vulcan Information Packaging acquired ImageSource, based in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
PRADCO Outdoor Brands acquired Outdoors America, Inc., manufacturers of Code Blue deer scents and attractants.
EBSCO acquired NoveList, the leading advisory service in the U.S. that helps readers locate fiction books by title, author or subject classification.
EBSCO acquired the Berlin-based Lange & Springer subscription agency and mail-order bookseller.
EBSCO was recognized by the Newcomen Society of North America for its growth and influence in the various industries in which it operates.
EBSCO Information Services introduced EBSCO Book Services, which sells books via the Internet.
EBSCO acquired Tinker Business Forms in Pelham, Alabama.
Four Seasons/Vitronic acquired Murphy Brothers Fine Crystal, located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
PRADCO Outdoor Brands acquired Carry-Lite Hunting Decoys and Accessories, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Insurance provider S.S. Nesbitt & Co. of Birmingham, Alabama, was acquired.
EBSCO acquired J.M. Stewart Corp. of Sarasota, Florida, which specializes in sales and marketing for church, school, government and municipal signs.
EBSCO acquired Summit Treestands, manufacturer of climbing treestands and related hunting products.
EBSCO acquired Vulcan Outdoors (now called Grand View Media Group), the outdoor publishing arm of Vulcan Publications.
Moultrie Feeders, manufacturer of wildlife feeders, game cameras and other hunting products, was acquired.
Siegel Display Products, literature and tradeshow display direct marketer, was acquired.
RoweCom, global subscription agency, was acquired.
Whitston Publishing Co., bibliographic database provider, was acquired.
CINAHL Information Systems, nursing and allied health database, was acquired.
Dixon Brooke named chief operating officer with plans to succeed J.T. Stephens as president in 2005.
Allen Powell succeeded Dixon Brooke as EBSCO Information Services General Manager.
EBSCO acquired Putman Media’s Processing magazine as a part of Grand View Media Group.
EBSCO acquired Ehlert Publishing’s sportsman’s group of magazines, which includes Bowhunting World, Archery Business and the Black’s Directories, as part of Grand View Media Group.
EBSCO celebrated its 60th anniversary.
Admanco, Inc., promotional products supplier, was acquired as part of Vitronic/Four Seasons.
Global Point Products, consumer and game camera supplier, was acquired.
Flow Control magazine was acquired as part of Grand View Media Group.
EBSCO Founder and Chairman Emeritus Elton B. Stephens passed away February 5 at age 93.
Dixon Brooke succeeded J.T. Stephens as EBSCO president effective July 1.
SPORTDiscus sports information database was acquired by EBSCO Publishing.
EBSCO Publishing expanded its medical reach by acquiring Health Library, Natural & Alternative Treatments and Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine.
EBSCO Publishing acquired DynaMed®, an evidence-based clinical reference tool.
EBSCO acquired Crown Products, promotional products supplier.
EBSCO acquired NTP Media, Inc., business-to-business publisher.
S.S. Nesbitt acquired LMJ Corporation, independent insurance agency.
EBSCO Publishing acquired historical reference databases, America: History & Life and Historical Abstracts.
ANB Insurance Services, independent insurance agency, was acquired as part of S.S. Nesbitt & Co., Inc.
EBSCO acquired Hallmark Data Systems, subscription fulfillment company.
Lindy Little Joe, sportfishing products company, was acquired as part of PRADCO Outdoor Brands.
Money Lures, producer of soft plastic lures, was acquired by PRADCO.
EBSCO acquired Minerva, a subscription service agency in Austria.
NN&I, B2B magazine publisher, acquired as part of Grand View Media Group.
Independent Insurance Agents acquired as part of S.S. Nesbitt.
Fairwaters Tackle Company, saltwater tackle manufacturer, acquired as part of PRADCO.
NISC, Inc., reference database publisher, acquired as part of EBSCO Publishing.
Salem Press, reference works publisher, acquired as part of EBSCO Publishing.
Mundi-Prensa, subscription services provider, acquired by EBSCO Information Services.
World Textiles, a database covering the textile industry, acquired by EBSCO Publishing.
NetLibrary databases, eBook and eAudiobook platform, acquired by EBSCO Publishing.
SAGE Criminal Justice Abstracts and Communication Abstracts acquired by EBSCO Publishing.
EBSCO was named a green business by the Birmingham Business Alliance.
EBSCO Sign Group formed EBSCO Digital Signage.
EBSCO Publishing acquired H.W. Wilson Company, one of the oldest library information providers.
MCM Group, licensed promotional products distributor, acquired by EBSCO Industries.