The College Mathematics Journal began as The Two-Year College Mathematics Journal. It was founded and published by Prindle, Weber & Schmidt, Inc. in collaboration with the MAA, and MAA president Gail Young wrote an editorial in the inaugural issue in Spring 1970. The journal was "created to provide a communication forum for mathematicians interested and involved in the curricular and pedagogical problems of two-year colleges"—primarily teachers at two-year colleges, but also teachers at secondary and four-year institutions.
The journal was published twice per year in 1970 through 1972. Publication frequency gradually increased until it reached five issues per year in 1977, and has remained the same since.
The Two-Year College Mathematics Journal became The College Mathematics Journal in 1984, emphasizing connections between teachers of secondary, two-year college, and freshman-sophomore college mathematics. A new editor, Warren Page (New York City Technical College), began his five-year term at the time of the name change.
The full list of CMJ editors is available here.
The JSTOR database is an archive of important scholarly journals, offering researchers high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages. It now includes 1,786 articles from The College Mathematics Journal, from 1984 to 2005, and 1,007 articles from its predecessor The Two-Year College Mathematics Journal (1970-1983).
The most frequently accessed (total viewings plus total printings) CMJ articles to date have been compiled in this list of Top 25 JSTOR All-Stars.