August 26, 2020
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced the appointment of Phillip Brian Harper, currently the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University, as its new Program Director for the Foundation's Higher Learning grantmaking area. The position, effective October 1, 2020, will shape and direct giving on issues surrounding higher education, particularly in the humanities and liberal arts. Critically, Harper will encourage expanded access to those disciplines while implementing a new strategic direction for the Foundation that is focused specifically on social justice and equity. In addition to leading program staff in Higher Learning, he will advise more broadly on strategic concerns and special initiatives.
July 1, 2020
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation today announced a major strategic evolution for its organization, prioritizing social justice in all of its grantmaking. The Foundation's board has resoundingly endorsed a refined mission statement and updated program areas. While Mellon's strategic shift—under the leadership of Mellon President Elizabeth Alexander— has been two years in the making, current events make the Foundation's new social justice lens even more relevant to Mellon's philanthropic efforts supporting the arts and humanities.
March 12, 2020
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Jonathan Holloway to its Board of Trustees. Holloway is the president-elect of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; he will assume the presidency on July 1, 2020. He is currently provost and professor of history and African American studies at Northwestern University.
January 30, 2020
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced that Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council and the Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, an independent center for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey, has been elected to its Board of Trustees.
July 9, 2019
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced the appointment of Emil Kang as Program Director for Arts and Cultural Heritage. In this role, Kang will lead the Foundation’s grantmaking program that seeks to nurture exceptional creative accomplishment, scholarship, and art conservation practices while promoting a diverse and sustainable ecosystem for the arts.
May 7, 2019
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Senior Program Officer for Scholarly Communications, Donald J. Waters, will retire on August 31, 2019 after 20 years of exceptional service at the Foundation.
March 6, 2019
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) Kathryn Hall will succeed Danielle S. Allen as the Chair of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Board of Trustees, the Foundation announced today. Allen announced her retirement after eleven years of service, the last four as Chair. The Foundation also announced the election of museum director Thelma Golden and investor Joshua S. Friedman to the Board of Trustees
February 5, 2019
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) A one-year, $161,000 grant from the New York City-based Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund a joint project to support the effective communication and exchange of data between local and national digital preservation repositories. The project — a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library, UC Santa Barbara, Emory University, Northwestern University and DuraSpace — will design tools that will enable libraries and archives to seamlessly deposit content into distributed digital preservation systems (DDPs), update that content over time and reliably restore content if needed.
February 4, 2019
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Library of Congress announced that it has received a $540,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to evaluate the physical health of the national collection of books in American research libraries and to guide their archive retention and preservation decisions. Since there currently is no objective formula to assess the condition of millions of books in the custody of the nation’s libraries, this scientific study will help inform best practices and provide a baseline for libraries to analyze their print collections based on established scientific guidelines.
March 13, 2018
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a research and development grant to the Internet Archive to address the critical need to preserve the “long tail” of open access scholarly communications. The project, Ensuring the Persistent Access of Long Tail Open Access Journal Literature, builds on prototype work identifying at-risk content held in web archives by using data provided by identifier services and registries. Furthermore, the project expands on work acquiring missing open access articles via customized web harvesting, improving discovery and access to this materials from within extant web archives, and developing machine learning approaches, training sets, and cost models for advancing and scaling this project’s work.
February 7, 2018
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Trustees of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have elected Elizabeth Alexander to be the Foundation’s next President, effective March 2018. Alexander will succeed Earl Lewis, who has served as President since 2013.
July 13, 2017
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) Birkbeck is set to investigate the workings of the academic peer review process, thanks to a $99,000 research grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Peer review, the process designed to determine the validity, quality and originality of research for publication, aims to uphold the integrity of published academic work and to ensure poor quality or inaccurate works do not reach publication.
October 27, 2016
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $2,725,000 for a regranting program to digitize “at risk” audio and audiovisual materials of high scholarly value. The program will run four competitions between January 2017 and September 2018, awarding a total of $2.3 million.
October 17, 2016
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a grant for $750,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support BitCurator NLP, a project that will develop software and protocols for the application of natural language processing (NLP) methods to born-digital library, archives and museum (LAM) collections. The new tools created by the two-year project will enable professionals at LAMs to more effectively and efficiently curate digital materials, and ultimately make collections more accessible to individuals searching for information or documents.
April 25, 2016
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Stanford a $1.5 million grant to support library initiatives that develop and advance the use of linked open data. Stanford Libraries will coordinate a team representing Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Library of Congress and Princeton to upgrade the current infrastructure libraries use to create, store, and share bibliographic data.