The University of Georgia Press has received a three-year $207,554 Humanities Open Book grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the Georgia Open History Library (GOHL). The GOHL will publish open digital editions of 50 out-of-print volumes to mark the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States in 2026.
The titles selected for the project focus on Georgia and its relationship with other groups, colonies, countries, and the new Union. They include studies of Adams and Jefferson; the American Revolution in Georgia; the Creek Nation; the papers of Revolutionary War General Lachlan McIntosh and the colony’s founder James Edward Oglethorpe; and records of the German-speaking Protestant Salzburger settlement. The digital editions will include new forewords, introductions, timelines, glossaries and other supplementary material written by leading scholars.
The digital collection will be hosted by Affordable Learning Georgia, the University System of Georgia’s Open Educational Resource website, and the Digital Public Library of America. It will be available via a range of open-access aggregators including Project Muse, Books at JSTOR and HathiTrust.
“We appreciate the NEH’s generous support for the Georgia Open History Library,” said UGA Press Director Lisa Bayer. “By making foundational historical documents available, we will make new research and learning possible.”
The Press has partnered on the GOHL with a diverse group of statewide non-profit organizations, including the UGA Libraries, Georgia Humanities, the New Georgia Encyclopedia, the Georgia Historical Society, the Digital Library of Georgia, the Willson Center for Arts and Humanities at UGA and the Atlanta History Center. Plans for public programming include a traveling exhibit and demo for colleges, universities and public and research libraries to introduce students, teachers, scholars, and citizens to these new resources.