The Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC) project group has won a further research grant worth Â£983,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. This will allow the project group to continue its work charting the publication history of the first centuries of print.
Welcoming the new grant, project director Professor Andrew Pettegree commented: â€˜We are tremendously encouraged to have this new expression of confidence from the academic community for the work being done here in St Andrews. It is particularly gratifying to have this news just before the USTC is launched on-line for the first time.â€™
The project, which will continue under the joint direction of Professor Pettegree and Dr Malcolm Walsby, will allow for the appointment of three postdoctoral fellows and two doctoral studentships. The grant, which will extend the work of the project from 2012 to 2016, will provide for the USTC to continue its coverage into the seventeenth century, doubling the size of the database to around 700,000 editions. By extending the survey from 1600 to 1650, it will offer a full view of the first two centuries of print, a period in which print finally came of age as a mature and independent means of communication and information exchange. The early 17th century was a particularly dramatic time of explosive growth for print in northern Europe and the project will reflect this in increasing attention to pamphlets, broadsheets and the first newspapers.
The USTC goes live on line on 22 November. Details of the launch events can be found here.