JSTOR provides most of its programmatic services through grant relationships with universities. This brief report traces the history of JSTOR’s relationship with the University of Michigan in an attempt to illustrate the benefits of working in this collaborative way. As an independent, not‐for‐profit organization dedicated to helping the scholarly community take advantage of advances in information technologies, JSTOR is uniquely positioned to investigate many of the challenging problems facing libraries and publishers as they contemplate making transitions from traditional to electronic methods of accessing and archiving information. Originally a grant project of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with ten test journals and six test libraries, JSTOR now has nearly 250 paying library participants and 70 journals committed to contributing content. JSTOR’s immediate focus is on providing a trusted electronic archive of the full back runs of a minimum of 100 core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences by the year 2000. One of the two universities that currently receive grants from JSTOR, the University of Michigan collaboration with JSTOR has grown substantially to include preparation of materials for scanning, user help desk services, and software development.
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