January 21, 2022

Open Access: Mellon Grant Will Allow Cornell University Press to Expand Selection of “Cornell Open” From 20 to 77 Titles

From Cornell University

2017-04-04_18-09-19For the second year in a row, Cornell University Press has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant worth nearly $100,000 to fund the open access initiative, Cornell Open.


Cornell is one of four presses to receive a second NEH/Mellon grant. The new grant will allow Cornell Open to expand its selection from 20 to 77 titles, providing a much wider range of subject areas. “We’ve been so pleased to have Cornell Open as a shining example of what the program might help support,” said Perry Collins, senior NEH program officer.

The initial grant brought back 20 classic out-of-print titles from the Cornell University Press archive; in seven months these open access titles have generated 25,000 downloads at 832 institutions in 152 countries.

“These 57 new open access titles celebrate the humanities and our strengths in anthropology, classics, political science, literary criticism and women’s studies,” said Dean Smith, director of Cornell University Press. ‘We will work with the library and faculty to ensure their use in courses. We remain committed to digitizing and republishing 150 classic out-of-print titles for our 150th anniversary in 2019 onto open access platforms.'”

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