May 1952 cover
Until now, Charette’s contents have been virtually inaccessible for want of indexing or other access. A partial index of vols. 3-20, 1922-1940, exists in paper copy at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, but it is incomplete even for the years that it covers. Portions of Charette were also indexed in the Avery Index of Architectural Periodicals, but coverage is spotty and unreliable. Further handicapping the potential user, all known library collections of Charette consist of incomplete runs, and some issues of the journal are quite rare.
The Pittsburgh Architectural Archives' Charette Digital Project has created a digital archive of the journal by digitizing virtually the entire run of Charette. Electronic images of each page include all text, photographs, graphics, advertisements, etc. The resulting database permits browsing by issue and full-text searching of the contents of Charette.
There were five primary stages to this project:
A useful model for this project has been the Canadian Architect and Builder Online project of McGill University’s Blackader Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art. For a discussion of this project see Marilyn Berger, "Digitization for Preservation and Access: A Case Study," Library Hi Tech 17:2 (1999), 146-151.