Ithaka Harbors

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Ithaka Harbors, Inc.
Logo of Ithaka Harbors.jpg
Founded 1995 (1995)
Founder Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Type 501(c)
  • 151 East 61st Street New York, NY 10065
Coordinates 40°45′48″N 73°57′59″W / 40.76333°N 73.96639°W / 40.76333; -73.96639Coordinates: 40°45′48″N 73°57′59″W / 40.76333°N 73.96639°W / 40.76333; -73.96639
Products JSTOR, ARTstor
Key people

Kevin Guthrie

Henry Bienen[1]
William G. Bowen[2]
Revenue $58,388,918
Endowment $1,435,601

Ithaka Harbors, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation and parent company of digital library website JSTOR. It was launched by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.[3]


In 2004, Ithaka Harbors obtained ownership of Portico, which had originally been started in 2002 by JSTOR and named the Electronic-Archiving Initiative. It operates as a "'dim' archive for e-journal content" that stores information from scholarly journals so it can't be lost, an example being when the part of it housing the Graft: Organ and Cell Transplantation journal was "lit up" and became publicly accessible after access to that journal's website was removed by its publisher.[4]

In 2006, Ithaka Harbors expanded its offices, purchasing an additional space out of state at 100 Campus Drive in Princeton, New Jersey. The office building was chosen so it would provide easy employee access to the New York City headquarters via Route 1.[5]

After previous cooperation with the company, Ithaka Harbors officially merged with JSTOR in 2009. The companies stated that the merger was "a natural progression" and that they would work together to help "academic institutions use digital technology to enhance scholarship and teaching and reduce system-wide costs through collective action."[6]


The same year that Ithaka Harbors obtained Portico, the Library of Congress gave a $3 million NDIIPP grant to the company for it to "develop, test, and operate one or more electronic archives for electronic journals", along with providing "long-term access to those journals". The endeavor was known as the Portico Project.[7]

The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services named Ithaka Harbors as one of the four recipients of their 2008 Digital Partnership grant awards. The company was chosen because of its Protecting Future Access Now: Developing a Prototype Preservation Model for Digital Books project, which is meant to be a "prototype preservation service that will provide a practical model for the preservation of digitized books."[8]

Ithaka Harbors received federal contract awards in 2010 and 2011. The former was $75,000 given by the US Department of Labor for their "Archived E-jornal Collections".[9] A year later, the Department of the Army awarded $17,000 for collection additions of "books, maps and other publications".[10]

Notable trustees[edit]


  1. ^ "President Emeritus Honored". US Federal News. September 14, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2013.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Staff writer (January 1, 2006). "Bowen, William G.". Contemporary Authors. Retrieved January 19, 2013.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Nitecki, edited by Danuta A.; Abels, Eilenn G. (2008). Influence of funding on advances in librarianship. Bingley: Emerald Group Pub. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-84855-372-9. 
  4. ^ Andrew Albanese (December 5, 2007). "Portico's "Dim" E-Archive Lights Up with Member Access to Graft". Library Journal. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ Staff writer (October 11, 2006). "Campus flexibility tempts company to double up at Princeton complex". Real Estate Weekly. Retrieved January 19, 2013.  (subscription required)
  6. ^ Staff writer (April 1, 2009). "JSTOR, Ithaka join forces". Information Today. Retrieved January 19, 2013.  (subscription required)
  7. ^ Library of Congress. Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress. Library of Congress. p. 110. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services award Advancing Knowledge Digital Partnership grants". US Federal News. August 26, 2008. Retrieved January 19, 2013.  (subscription required)
  9. ^ "Contract Award: Ithaka Harbors Wins Federal Contract for "Archived E-jornal Collections"". US Federal News. August 18, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2013.  (subscription required)
  10. ^ "Contract Award: Ithaka Harbors Wins Federal Modification Contract for Books, Maps and Other Publications". US Federal News. December 23, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2013.  (subscription required)

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