About a year after Stanford University opened its doors in 1891, then-sophomore Julius Andrew Quelle set up a one-man printing shop inside the university’s powerhouse near the Main Quad.

A 22-year-old New Yorker who spent his pre-college years working for a printing and bookbinding company, Quelle borrowed $25 from each of the university’s 12 professors to purchase a small secondhand press. He was encouraged by his classmates to start printing the first editions of the student-run newspaper, the Daily Palo Alto, today known as the Stanford Daily.

There, in a cramped, one-story building with a tall stone chimney, next to boilers and generators, Stanford University Press was born.