Published Friday March 17, 2017
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) has acquired through a donation a major archival fonds, that of the Séminaire de Rimouski. For over a century, this institution was one of the most prominent of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. Designated as heritage asset by the Québec Ministry of Culture and Communications in 2012, this is the most sizeable holding to be entrusted to BAnQ Rimouski since the centre's inauguration in 1979.
''The valuable records at stake here document the history of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, including the evolution of classical instruction and the daily lives of the seminary's priests and students,” declared Christiane Barbe, Chief Executive Officer of BAnQ. ''They are a window onto the emerging city as regional centre in the mid-19th century.”
The Séminaire de Rimouski's archival fonds contains materials created between 1830 and 1987. It consists of 132 linear metres of textual records and 21,600 photographs depicting the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie regions. The fonds can be accessed at BAnQ Rimouski, located at 337, rue Moreault. It supplements other remarkable holdings that bear witness to regional history, including the Famille Tessier fonds and the J.-Gérard Lacombe photographic collection.
Many leading figures studied at the Séminaire de Rimouski over the years, most notably Olivar Asselin, Adélard Godbout, Gérard Filion and Gilles Vigneault.