Discovering BAnQ’s archives

BAnQ’s centres

BAnQ’s Montréal archives centre. Photo: Alain Michon.

BAnQ’s Montréal archives centre.
Photo: Alain Michon.

 

 

Top Discovering BAnQ’s archives

BAnQ’s Montréal archives centre.

BAnQ Vieux-Montréal 
centre. Photo: Alain Michon.

BAnQ’s centres preserve millions of items and make them accessible in Québec City, Montréal, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Gatineau, Rouyn-Noranda, Saguenay, Rimouski, Sept-Îles and Gaspé. Those 60 linear kilometres of written documents, 1,243,161 cartographic materials, 78,459 audiovisual materials, 18,747,610 graphic materials, such as photographs, and 92,164 megabytes of digitized archival materials preserved in the government, judicial, civil and private archives collections, are awaiting discovery by a scholarly or inquisitive mind. There is much to be discovered, read, seen and heard about the history of Québec and its population over close to four centuries

Target audience
Student groups as well as members of historical and genealogy societies

Duration of the activity
One and a half hours

Making reservations
Workshops are free of charge but reservations are required. A representative of a group wishing to attend a workshop must send a request by e-mail, at least one month in advance, to one of the following addresses:

In this email, the representative should state the desired date and the number of participants. The archivist in charge of the workshop will contact the representative to confirm the date and time of the workshop.

A workshop will be given if there are at least 10 participants. In some locations, the number of participants is limited to 35. However, if the workshop is given offsite, the capacity may vary

Top Research in the primary resources of BAnQ: An essential step for students

Extrait du tapuscrit Un homme et son péché.

Excerpt from the annotated 
typescript of Un homme et
son péché, 1933. BAnQ Vieux-Montréal,
Claude-Henri
Grignon fonds (MSS246/001/003).

Workshop instructor in Montreal: Marie-Pierre Nault, archivist
Workshop instructor in Trois-Rivières: Sophie Morel, archivist-coordinator
Workshop instructor in Gatineau: Nathalie Gélinas, archivist-coordinator
Offered in French only.

This introduction to research using Pistard as well as to the various resources in BAnQ’s archives centres will give students an opportunity to dig into the mysteries of archives, discover these hidden treasures and understand how significantly unique an archival material is, how fragile and how valued it is as proof and evidence in any type of academic research.

 

Top Private literary archives fonds held by BAnQ

Albert Ferland.

Albert Ferland, circa 1908.
BAnQ Vieux-Montréal,
Albert Ferland fonds
(MSS4, S3, SS1, D1).
Unidentified photographer.

Workshop instructors in Montréal: Hélène Fortier, archivist-coordinator, and Marie-Pierre Nault, archivist
Offered in French only.

Literary archives are a rich source of information about the work of Québec’s creators (writers, poets, playwrights, and composers). Given in two parts, this workshop presents the acquisition, processing and preservation of literary archives at BAnQ as well as the tools for accessing them. This is followed by the presentation of the archives of major authors in their many forms (manuscripts, screenplays, notebooks, drawings, etc.).

 

 

 

 

 

Top Iconographic archives: Marvels to be discovered!

 Photo: La station piscicole provinciale de Saint-Faustin, Laurentides.

Saint-Faustin’s fish hatchery in the Laurentians,
1944. BAnQ Vieux-Montréal,
Ministère de la Culture, des
Communications et de la Condition
féminine fonds (E6, S7, SS1, P18188).
Photo: Lucien Piché.

Workshop instructor in Montréal: Frédéric Giuliano, archivist-coordinator
Workshop instructor in Québec City: Marie-Ève Poulin, archivist
Offered in French only.

This workshop is intended to highlight the astonishing diversity of BAnQ’s iconographic treasures by providing a large range of materials for viewing: photographs, engravings, drawings, caricatures and postcards. Through their esthetic quality, the accuracy of their lines, or the dynamics of the shot, these items provide a completely unique record of the evolution of Québec society. In addition to the collections, this workshop will present the various means for locating materials, in addition to fonds and collections.

 

Top Coroners’ inquests

Seal.

Seal from a coroner’s file.  BAnQ Vieux-Montréal,
Cour des sessions
générales de la paix du district de
Montréal fonds (TL32, S26, SS1).

Workshop instructor in Québec City: Rénald Lessard, archivist-coordinator
Workshop instructor in Montréal: Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne, archivist
Workshop Instructor in Sherbrooke: Julie Roy, archivist-coordinator
Offered in French only.

Covering the period from 1765 to 1986, the year in which the coroner’s function was reformed, the materials examined in this workshop will provide information on the causes and circumstances of deaths that were most likely not natural.

Top Guardianships

Guardianship of Régis Gauthier dit Larouche, May 12, 1874.

Guardianship of Régis Gauthier
dit Larouche,
May 12, 1874.
BAnQ Vieux-Montréal,
Tutelles et curatelles fonds,
Montréal judicial district
(CC601, S1).

  

Workshop instructor in Québec City: Rénald Lessard, archivist-coordinator
Workshop instructor in Montréal: Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne, archivist
Offered in French only.

This workshop highlights the interest of guardianships as they provide information about family ties, bonds, and the management of estates. It also covers the search tools for locating these materials, as well as any complementary acts.

 

 

 

 

 

Top Rights and obligations through the years

Extract from the register of minutes of hearings, 1725-1726.

Extract from the register of minutes 
of hearings, 1725-1726.  BAnQ Vieux-Montréal,
Juridiction royale de Montréal fonds (TL4, S11, D09).

  

Workshop instructor in Québec City: Sylvie Bédard, archivist
Workshop instructor in Montréal: Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne, archivist
Offered in French only.

This workshop covers research in notaries’ records with respect to illustrating certain stages in life (marriage, pledges, construction agreement, will, inventory following death) and also deals with handwritten wills. It also presents the search tools available and the conditions for accessing materials.

 

 

 

 

Top Seigneurial land ownership

Plan, [circa 1800].

Plan showing the Richelieu River, Île aux Noix
and pointe Wilson in the Haut-Richelieu region,
circa 1800. BAnQ Vieux-Montréal,
Montréal judicial district, land surveyors’ registry,
Simon-Zelotes Watson (CA601, S64, SS3, D9).

  

Workshop instructor in Québec City: Rénald Lessard, archivist-coordinator
Offered in French only.

This workshop covers the implementation of the seigneurial system, the occupation and granting of land in the period of New France.

 

 

Top Granting land in the townships

Landscapes from the Eastern Townships, 1971.

Landscapes from the Eastern Townships and
the surrounding area, 1970.  BAnQ Vieux-Montréal,
Ministère de la Culture, des 
Communications et de la Condition féminine
fonds (E6, S7, SS1, P700211). 
Photo: Gabor Szilasi.

  

Workshop instructor in Québec City: Rénald Lessard, archivist-coordinator
Offered in French only.

During this workshop, the instructor will explain how land was granted in the townships, which were created to replace the seigneurial system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Marriage contracts

Lady and Lord Aberdeen and Temair, the day of their golden wedding anniversary, accompanied by the five maids.

Lady and Lord Aberdeen and Temair, the day
of their golden wedding anniversary,
accompanied by the five maids of honour
who attended their wedding, Pacific & Atlantic
Photos Inc, 1927. BAnQ Vieux-Montréal,
Charles Robert William Gordonsmith collection
(P32, S4, P46). Unidentified photographer.

Workshop instructor in Québec City: Rénald Lessard, archivist-coordinator
Offered in French only.

In this workshop, the instructors will highlight the wealth of information contained in marriage contracts, generally drafted by notaries, and will indicate the tools for locating marriage contracts using Pistard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Information

BAnQ VIEUX-MONTRÉAL
535, avenue Viger Est
Montréal (Québec) H2L 2P3

Information
Responsable de l’animation 
Direction des centres d’archives de l’ouest du Québec
et des archives privées, judiciaires et civiles
514 873-4300 or 1 800 363-9028
animation.archives@banq.qc.ca

 

BAnQ QUÉBEC 
Pavillon Louis-Jacques-Casault
Campus de l’Université Laval
1055, avenue du Séminaire
Case postale 10450, succursale Sainte-Foy
Québec (Québec) G1V 4N1

Information
Responsable de l’animation
Direction des centres d’archives de l’est du Québec
et des archives gouvernementales
418 643-8904 or 1 800 363-9028
archives.quebec@banq.qc.ca

BAnQ GATINEAU
855, boulevard de la Gappe
Gatineau (Québec)  J8T 8H9

Information
819 568-8798 or 1 800 363-9028
archives.gatineau@banq.qc.ca

BAnQ SHERBROOKE 
225, rue Frontenac, bureau 401
Sherbrooke (Québec)  J1H 1K1

Information
819,820-3010 or 1 800 363-9028
archives.sherbrooke@banq.qc.ca

BAnQ TROIS-RIVIÈRES
225, rue des Forges, bureau 208
Trois-Rivières (Québec)  G9A 2G7 

Information
819 371-6015 or 1 800 363-9028
archives.trois-rivieres@banq.qc.ca

Our partners

Catalogue des bibliothèques du Québec. RFN. RDAQ. Les Amis de BAnQ. Fondation de BAnQ.