CRL JSTOR Print Archive

As of  April 12, 2016 CRL has archived 93,988 volumes of the JSTOR Archive Collections. This is approximately 83% of CRL's target collection within the JSTOR serial archive collections. CRL continues to build this journal archive, working with regular donations from the University of Arizona, Harvard University, Dennison, Northwestern University, University of Saskatchewan, University of the South and other CRL member libraries throughout the U.S and Canada.


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JSTOR Catalog Scope

For current CRL holdings information, please connect to our JSTOR Print Archives Catalog. It offers information on our current holdings and those volumes which are needed to complete the collection.Browse »


Project Purpose

The goal of CRL's JSTOR print archive is to assemble a collection of JSTOR archive journal volumes in print form. These titles match most of those in the JSTOR Archive Collections. We make an exception for JSTOR collections that are not widely held by CRL member libraries, this includes titles found in the Ireland and the British Pamphlets Collections.

The CRL JSTOR print archive is for the use of CRL library members. It provides CRL member libraries with the assurance that print versions of all JSTOR archive titles are available should the JSTOR electronic archive be unable to meet the needs of our members.  The volumes in the CRL JSTOR archive are received through donation from CRL member libraries. CRL commits to preserving the volumes, and providing them to members when appropriate.

A complete list of JSTOR archived titles is available on the JSTOR website at (

Current JSTOR Holdings

The CRL JSTOR Catalog provides volume level information about the holdings we have available on our shelves as well as those we would like to acquire. Call numbers for JSTOR materials are assigned using the same convention as for other CRL holdings. A unique alpha/numerical call number, is assigned to each donated title beginning with the letter J. The numerical part of the call number is assigned sequentially, and is based on the date of accession. For example, the first title and volume we acquired in 2000 was the Annual Review of Sociology, and so it was assigned the call number J-1. Because content is shelved as it is received, volumes within a title may be assigned to different call numbers.

All current JSTOR records in CRL’s catalog ( have fields that list current holdings and issues wanted. Please note that the catalog holdings do not reflect donation offers we have accepted, but have not yet received.


CRL has identified the roles and responsibilities of JSTOR print archive donors and CRL in this document:  Roles and responsibilities of donor library. Please contact us if you have any questions. CRL's JSTOR Print Archive email is (jstorarchive at crl dot edu).

New Donations

We welcome new member donations.  To begin the process, please contact CRL's JSTOR staff (jstorarchive at crl dot edu)  to discuss the workflow for your donations.  New donors are encouraged to consult our JSTOR Donation Procedures.

Environmental Conditions

Journals are located in a climate and humidity-controlled environment within the Center for Research Library Facility in Chicago, IL.  We have posted our temperatures and humidity readings for the JSTOR Print Archive at CRL.

Validation of JSTOR

JSTOR materials are accepted into the repository based on their condition. Please consult our Validation Statement for an explanation.

Circulation of JSTOR Journals

CRL lends journals from the JSTOR print archive to CRL libraries when the JSTOR electronic version does not meet the needs of a user. Users interested in borrowing JSTOR print journals may contact their library’s interlibrary loan office.  The users local ILL department will make the arrangements with CRL's Access Services staff to deliver the volumes to the member library. A list of CRL members is available under Membership on this Web site.

[1] These numbers are an average for temperature and humidity readings over seven years. For information on the best conditions for print preservation, please consult the NEDCC website