ACLS History E-Book Project
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Title List

Description of the History E-Book Project
The ACLS Review Board
The Project Directors
The History E-Book Project Center
Why the Electronic History Book?
The Electronic (E-) Book: The New History?
The Participating ACLS Learned Societies
Title Selection
The Author
The Presses
Working with the University Presses
Contractual Arrangements
E-Book Preparation
The Digital Library Production Service
Publication of the History E-Book
Marketing Plan
Subscriptions, Pricing and License to the History E-Book Project
Monitoring Access
Site Updates


The Project Directors

To implement these policies and to coordinate the activities of the ACLS partnership, on October 1, 1999 the ACLS appointed Eileen Gardiner and Ronald G. Musto to a joint appointment as Project Directors. In addition to their general duties, the Project Directors coordinate all aspects of the development of titles among the authors, university presses, learned societies, the History E-Book Center, SPO and participating libraries. The Project Directors also supervise the Project Center and the History E-Book support web site, which will make available information about the initial titles, about electronic publishing - current trends, latest standards, guides to software, consultants, and vendors - and about electronic publishing initiatives by the participating learned societies and presses. The Project Directors report to the ACLS president and work with the Review Board charged with general oversight of the project, including assessment of the overall quality and scope of the project's front- and backlists.

The Directors

Drs. Eileen Gardiner and Ronald G. Musto both hold Ph.D.s in medieval studies and continue to work and publish in their fields. They also bring over 60 years combined publishing experience to the project, including nearly 20 years combined in electronic publishing of historical texts.

Eileen Gardiner holds a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature, with a specialization in medieval literature, from Fordham University. She has taught on the university level and published several articles and books on medieval vision literature, including her Visions of Heaven and Hell Before Dante. She is the winner of an American Association of University Women Fellowship. She has worked in many aspects of publishing since 1970, and in 1985 a cofounded Italica Press in New York City. Since 1986 she has been active in developing Italica Press's series of electronic books in medieval studies and is the editor of The Holy Land on Disk. She is currently authoring an e-book for the press, Hell on Disk: An Interactive Tour of the Infernal Otherworld.

Ronald G. Musto holds a Ph.D. in medieval and Renaissance History from Columbia University and taught on the college level for several years. He specialized in fourteenth-century Italian religious history and has published six books and numerous articles in scholarly journals. He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the winner of NEH and Mellon Foundation fellowships. With John Monfasani, he is the coeditor of Renaissance Society and Culture: Essays in Honor of Eugene F. Rice, Jr. His most recent book, on 14th-century Rome, is entitled Apocalypse in Rome: Cola di Rienzo and the Politics of the New Age and was published by the University of California Press in 2003. He has worked in reference and humanities publishing since 1975 and in 1985 cofounded Italica Press in New York City. At Italica Press he has been coauthor/editor of several e-books, most recently The Road to Compostela on Disk.

For more information on Italica Press, see its web site at

Contact Information

The ACLS History E-Book Project
American Council of Learned Societies
633 Third Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10017 6795
Tel: 212-838-0641
Fax: 212-838-7812

Eileen Gardiner

Ronald G. Musto

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