Barr Ferree Publication Fund

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The Barr Ferree Publication Fund is administered by a Committee of Advisors whose members serve at the discretion of the Provost.  It is presided over by the chair of the Department of Art and Archaeology and includes three additional members from other academic units.

According to the original trust documents, income from this fund “is to be used in meeting the publication expense of books of merit on architecture and related topics in the fine arts,” including but not limited to, sculpture, painting, engraving, music, drawing, landscape design, city planning, and industrial arts. The fund is to “be used for manufacturing and publication expenses only.” The deed prohibits funding for “books on poetry, the drama, athletics, sports, dancing”; it does not cover the cost of administrative, editorial, or other “overhead” expenses.

The Committee is favorably disposed toward subvention of the initial publication of the product of primary research. In addition to books, other academic publications such as CDs, DVDs, and ebooks are eligible for support with the subvention limited to the design and manufacture and not for other expenses such as distribution. Journal articles are not eligible per the deed. Funds take the form of a subvention for enhancements to the publication – for example, a subsidy to a publisher which allows for the inclusion of color images. If funding allows, the committee will consider additional enhancements.

Projects must be the product of primary research by current Princeton faculty members, librarians, curators or other academic professionals, or based on doctoral research by former Princeton PhDs (ordinarily only up to fifteen years after the PhD defense date). Former graduate students may apply for a second book subvention if it falls within those fifteen years.

The fund also supports the cost of reproduction fees charged by image collections. For these costs, an application by the author, separate from the subvention request by the press, should be submitted. This request must include a list of images, the institutions, and the cost. For current university staff, payment is through a university chartstring in Concur. For former graduate students, payment is by reimbursement after all images have been paid. Included in a request for image fees, an author may request reimbursement for the cost of copies of said book requested by organizations granting these reproduction permissions.

Translations of books by current faculty members may be applied for by the press as long as the translation is into languages where the language is appropriate to the book. The subvention is for the production of the book, not the translation cost itself.

Applicants are expected to explore fully other sources of support, both inside and outside the University, before requesting a grant from the Committee, particularly in connection with projects requiring sizable expenditures. The committee is favorably disposed to match departmental support, and grants to complement other support will be made whenever possible.

In cases of collaborative research with colleagues at other institutions, the Committee requests clarification of the use of funds. A definition of the respective responsibilities and support available for the applicant must be indicated in the grant proposal. Such projects will be evaluated carefully to see that resources are available to the collaborator to support portions of the project. In general, lower priority will be assigned to costs associated with faculty research collaboration.

The Committee meets two times a year to consider grant requests. It will consider no more than one book/CD/DVD project per faculty member per meeting (November and April).  A second request within a single year may be granted lower priority.