The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's Journals

Produced from 1924 through 1973, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)'s Journals offer a crucial documentary history of the development of architecture and of architectural practices in Canada. This history is of broad relevance to Canadian culture, most obviously to architectural historians and heritage practitioners. It also speaks to important periods of development for Canadian culture and self-awareness, from the Great War memorials, through the Massey Commission era, to Expo 67' and the OPEC oil crisis, to the emergence of ecologically oriented design and to consciousness of Canada's built heritage.

The RAIC Journals went through five title changes throughout its 49 years of publication. These titles were:

  1. Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Journal, Volume 1 (1924) - Volume 36 (1959)
  2. R.A.I.C. Journal, Volume 37 (1960) - Volume 40 (1963)
  3. Journal RAIC/L'IRAC, Volume 41 (1964) - Volume 43 (June 1966)
  4. Architecture Canada, Volume 43 (July 1966) - Volume 46 (1969)
  5. Architecture Canada Newsmagazine, Volume 47 (1970) - Volume 50 (1973)

The RAIC Journal holdings are relatively dispersed and incomplete in Canadian library collections. Many libraries and archives have de-accessioned their holdings of this and other similar journals, and access to remaining collections is increasingly limited with service cutbacks. Digitization efforts are lagging far behind the reductions in access. Random issues turn up on Google Books, but are not browseable and the image quality is very poor.

SEXTONdigital's digitization project involves the creation of high quality archival PDF files of all issues of the RAIC Journal from 1924 through 1974, along with individual volume indices. Each journal issue is non-destructively scanned, cleaned and processed for optical character recognition (allowing word-level searching), and issue-level PDF files created. The resulting PDF files will be hosted on this website. The RAIC Journal archive will be free and Open Access.