University Presses Receive Mellon Grants for Publishing Initiatives

In recent months, five new university press collaborations have received grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Three groups of presses received grants for monograph series in underserved areas of study. Two presses have received grants from the Mellon Foundation to facilitate publishing projects in collaboration with their parent universities and other institutions.

In February, the Mellon Foundation awarded a collaborative publishing grant of $1.16 million to Fordham University Press, University of California Press (FlashPoints series), University of Pennsylvania Press, University of Virginia Press, and University of Washington Press. The five presses will form the Modern Language Initiative (MLI), which will focus on the publication of scholarly books on the literatures of the non-Anglophone world.

In late March, the Early American Places series was announced, with a grant of $648,000 going to the University of Georgia Press, NYU Press, and Northern Illinois University Press over five years to support the publication of early North American History.

A $282,000 one-year planning grant will go to the University Press of Colorado, Texas A&M University Press, University of Alabama Press, University of Arizona Press, University Press of Florida and University of Utah Press to support the Archaeology of the Americas Digital Monograph Initiative.

The University of Pittsburgh Press, in partnership with the university's Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Department of History's World History Center, has been awarded a five-year, $750,000 grant to pursue a book publishing initiative in the history of science.

The University of California Press has received a $722,000 grant to fund a strategic initiative in California Studies in collaboration with the UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), the UC California Studies Consortium (UCCSC), and the California Digital Library (CDL). The grant will support the creation of a journal, a working papers collection, and an annual conference in this emerging field.