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ACLS History E-Book Project Press Release—April 2003

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Association for Asian Studies and African Studies Association Join ACLS History E-Book Project

Two ACLS constituent learned societies, the Association for Asian Studies and the African Studies Association, have recently joined the ACLS History E-Book Project to include 200 significant titles in the fields of African Studies and Asian Studies by June 2004. These societies will augment the Project’s initial working group of five ACLS learned societies, which includes the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Society for the History of Technology, the Middle East Studies Association, and the Renaissance Society of America.

Distinguished historians from these societies contributed to the initial collection of 500 titles, which went live on September 1, 2002 and represents the fields of American, European, the History of Technology, and Middle Eastern History. Titles for this ever-expanding collection of out-of-print and in-print books are selected for their continued importance to the field, both for research and for teaching purposes. The fully searchable collection is aimed at college and graduate students and scholars, and has additional potential on the secondary school level and in historical associations and museums.

These backlist titles provide a scholarly foundation for the new electronic books that will compose the Project’s frontlist. Through the creation of these books, scholars are encouraged to re-envision the creation and publication of historical works and to reconsider the traditional relationship between primary source materials and their own role in gathering, assessing, and interpreting these materials for the scholarly community. In addition, the development of the frontlist series furthers the electronic publishing knowledge and experience of all those involved—scholars, the ACLS, learned societies, and presses. The first of these groundbreaking frontlist books are scheduled to go live in spring 2003.

The ACLS History E-Book Project is funded by a $3-million, 5-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, but library subscriptions will assure the Project’s self-sufficiency well beyond the life of the grant. The 122 institutions that currently subscribe to the Project range from major research universities, such as Yale University and Harvard University, to small liberal arts schools, such as Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr. The New York Public Library’s Research Libraries have subscribed and there are plans to offer individual subscriptions through such learned societies as the Renaissance Society of America.

The African Studies Association (ASA), which joined the ACLS History E-Book Project in February 2003, was founded in 1957 as a non-profit organization with the design of bringing together people with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa. With 3,000 individual and institutional members, ASA is the leading North American organization promoting African studies.

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association that seeks through publications, meetings, and seminars to facilitate contact and an exchange of information among scholars toward an increased understanding of East, South, and Southeast Asia.

For further information, see the ACLS History E-Book Project web site at To suggest new or previously published titles, please contact Project Directors Eileen Gardiner ( and Ron Musto ( For information on subscriptions, contact Ginny Wiehardt, Managing Editor for Library Relations (

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