ACLS Humanities E-Book

As of December 11, 2019, management and administration of the ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) has been transferred of the to the University of Michigan.

After nearly two decades of managing HEB operations within the offices of ACLS in New York City, the transfer of the governance to Michigan Publishing will enable continued growth and development of this important resource within an organization focused on the dissemination of digital scholarship.  Learn More

History of ACLS Humanities E-Book

The ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is an online collection of more than 5,000 books of high quality in the humanities, including digitized versions of already-published titles and a select list of new (“born digital”) titles.

The project was originally funded as the ACLS History E-Book Project in June 1999 by a $3-million, five-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional funding from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. The collection launched on the ACLS website in September 2002. As part of the project’s second phase, HEB achieved self-sustainability in the spring of 2005 and became ACLS Humanities E-Book in January 2007.

HEB titles have been curated through a collaborative effort among ACLS, several of its member societies, more than100 contributing publishers, and the Michigan Publishing division of the University of Michigan Library. The result is a collection of works of major importance, recommended and reviewed by scholars, that remain vital and are frequently cited in the literature.

Among its special collections are the ACLS Centennial Series of books authored by prominent contributors over ACLS’s history and ACLS Fellows’ Publications.

HEB is accessible through institutional and individual subscriptions. Members of any one of the ACLS 78 member societies may purchase an annual subscription at a reduced fee.