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In 1846 with the Mexican-American War unfolding and most newspaper publications based in New York the immense distant news had to travel before being published created an unacceptable discrepancy between the time of an event taking place and the time it was reported to the population at large. As a way to hasten news delivery and compensate for the insufficiencies of the U.S. Postal Service five New York newspapers cooperated to fund a Pony Express route from Alabama to New York. News traveled north faster and the Associated Press was founded.
In 1995 as a means to alleviate the problem of diminishing shelf space available in libraries William G. Bowen in conjunction with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation launched JSTOR, an expansive, ever growing collection of books, scholarly journals, and primary sources. Through JSTOR IU students, faculty, and alumni can access the full-text of hundreds of important journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.