Frances Tompson Rutter, cofounder and publisher of The Shoe String Press, Inc., of Connecticut, died September 13 at the age of 92 in Tulsa, Ok. A graduate of Brown University and a librarian, Rutter and her husband John Ottemiller started Shoe String in 1952 to fill the postwar needs of academic libraries by publishing reprints in all subjects and pioneering professional literature for librarians. By the late 1960s the company was publishing 150 titles per year and had added Archon Books and Linnet Books imprints to distinguish the company’s scholarly and library lists. With her second husband, William Rutter, former director of publications of The American Library Association, she cemented relations with many British publishers to copublish or distribute their books in this country. By the time the Rutters sold Shoe String to James and Diantha Thorpe in 1980, the company had published some 1,600 volumes.