The Ruffner family has a proud history in reference publishing. The library world widely recognizes Frederick Gale Ruffner Jr. as a pioneer in the industry. From humble beginnings in Detroit in 1956, Fred Ruffner and his wife, Mary, built Gale Research Company, working first at their kitchen table and then at a rented desk in the Book Tower.

In 1985, Fred Ruffner and his son Peter founded Omnigraphics. From the start, the Omnigraphics mission has been to provide authoritative and engaging reference resources to libraries and schools. Spanning the areas of biography, history, health, culture, and ready reference, our products have been consistently recognized for demonstrating the same uncompromising quality that is the hallmark of the Ruffner name.

The mission is unchanged today, even if the complexity of information and the many ways it can be consumed has changed.  Omnigraphics is now part of Infobase. For 80 years, Infobase has created and curated exceptional content for educators, librarians, and learners across the globe. Today, we are an educational solutions provider who facilitates the connection between content, people, and the learning experiences that empower you to evolve personally and professionally throughout your life.