Early American Places


Early American Places focuses on the history of North America from contact to the Mexican War, locating historical developments in the specific places where they occurred and were contested. Though these developments often involved far-flung parts of the world, they were experienced in particular communities—the local places where people lived, worked, and made sense of their changing worlds. By restricting its focus to smaller geographic scales, but stressing that towns, colonies, and regions were part of much larger networks, Early American Places will combine up-to-date scholarly sophistication with an emphasis on local particularities and trajectories. Books in the series will be exclusively revised dissertations.

The founding presses' responsibilities are divided geographically. UGA Press focuses on the southeastern colonies, the plantation economies of the Caribbean, and the Spanish borderlands. NYU Press covers the northeastern and middle atlantic colonies, and French and British Canada. Northern Illinois University Press covers the old northwest. University of Nebraska Press focuses on the American far west.


Our Goal

Our collective goal is to establish Early American Places as one of the most important homes for field-defining first books about early American history. Partner presses will acquire in their delineated geographic areas. Responsibility for signing books will reside with editors at the individual presses involved, who will be governed by their institutions' guidelines and practices concerning peer review, editorial board approval, manuscript revisions, and contracts. Books in the series will be marketed through a joint effort by the three collaborating publishers, and at this web site.

This excellent initiative promises a series of strong books elaborating on one of the major themes in recent early American scholarship: the importance of place. The rationale for the collaboration in publication is sound, as is the plan for the management of the series as a whole. An imaginative and exciting approach to the well-known dilemmas of academic publishing.
— Andrew Cayton, Distinguished Professor of History, Miami University


Founding & Participating Press

Since its founding in 1938, the primary mission of the University of Georgia Press has been to support and enhance the University’s place as a major research institution by publishing outstanding works of scholarship and literature by scholars and writers throughout the world.

The University of Georgia Press is the oldest and largest book publisher in the state. We currently publish 60-70 new books a year and have a long history of publishing significant scholarship, creative and literary works, and books about the state and the region for general readers.

For more information, please visit www.ugapress.org/about


Founding & Participating Press

Making common cause with the best and the brightest, the great and the good, NYU Press aspires to nothing less than the transformation of the intellectual and cultural landscape. Infused with the conviction that the ideas of the academy matter, we foster knowledge that resonates within and beyond the walls of the university.

A publisher of original scholarship since its founding in 1916, New York University Press is a department of the New York University Division of Libraries. Working across the humanities and social sciences, NYU Press has award-winning lists in sociology, law, cultural and American studies, religion, American history, anthropology, politics, criminology, media and communication, literary studies, and psychology. Several key themes or topics, especially race, ethnicity, gender, and youth studies, unify all our publishing disciplines.

For more information, please visit www.nyupress.org/about-nyupress


Founding & Participating Press

The University of Nebraska Press extends the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service by promoting, publishing, and disseminating works of intellectual and cultural significance and enduring value.

The University of Nebraska Press celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2016. During those 75 years the Press has grown to be the largest university press located between Chicago and California. It publishes both books (with more than 6,000 titles still in print and an additional 150 new titles each year) and journals (with nearly 30 different journals being published each year). 

For more information, please visit www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/about


Founding Press

Since its founding in 1965, Northern Illinois University Press's mission has been to support and enhance the reputation and research mission of the University by publishing outstanding works of scholarship for a global audience. NIU Press also promotes understanding of the Midwest through books on regional history and culture.

NIU Press, with more than 600 books currently in print, publishes scholarly and trade books on a variety of topics in the humanities and social sciences. In fulfilling its educational mission, the Press publishes books for both specialists and general readers.

For more information, please visit www.niupress.niu.edu/niupress/about

The Early American Places series is an exciting development in scholarly publishing, one that will highlight the most important part of the study of history: the local and particular dimensions of global issues and trends. This is where the rubber meets the road, where ordinary people’s lives help to make, and are made by, the bustling wider world in which they live. Early American Places is an original series, and it will publish important scholarship.
— Stephanie M. H. Camp, University of Washington