JSTOR English Journal: Two Versions

From a recent JSTOR news release to librarians:

“The English Journal was published in two versions, a regular edition and a “college edition.” JSTOR has recently discovered that we have digitized some volumes of the “college edition” in place of the regular edition. We will replace the incorrect volumes (published between 1928 and 1939) as soon as possible.”

First, I did not know that there were two version of “The English Journal.” This seems interesting. For example, how was the “college edition” different from the “regular edition”? Were some articles unsuitable for the “college” edition? Too difficult for undergraduates? Did they have same articles and special topics and editorial matter? Also, why do the “correct” volumes replace the “incorrect” volumes? Since work of digitizing is already done, why not sacrifice editorial purity for “richness” of resources.

As JSTOR notes, it’s sometime hard to find complete runs of back issues. What happens to these print copies? Root them out of print repository and destroy them? The electronic copies, destroy them too? As Theodor Seuss Geisel said, “sometimes progress progresses too fast.”

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