Discovering the heritage collections

GRANDE BIBLIOTHÈQUE

Reading room of the national collection at the Grande Bibliothèque. Photo: Bernard Fougères.

Reading room of the national
collection at the Grande
Bibliothèque.

Photo: Bernard Fougères.

 

 

 

  

 

Top Discovering the heritage collections

The Grande Bibliothèque is the principal BAnQ building dedicated to dissemination. The riches of the heritage collections that are available there are housed in three distinct rooms.

The national collection fans out around a reading room with exceptional character. The collection contains all works published in Québec (books, reference works, microforms, government publications, magazines and newspapers) as well as materials about Québec published elsewhere.

The national music collection includes thousands of sound recordings (vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, wax cylinders) and musical scores.

The Centre québécois des ressources en littérature pour la jeunesse (CQRLJ), which is accessible to all adults interested in children’s books, is a priceless and unique resource in North America and contributes to the influence of Québec literature both locally and internationally.

Target audience
Groups of students, researchers or members of special interest associations or historical societies

Duration of the activity
One and a half hours

Making reservations
The workshops given by the heritage collections librarians are usually held at the Grande Bibliothèque, although some may be presented offsite. Workshops are free of charge but reservations are required.

A representative of a group wishing to attend a workshop must register online, using the form available on BAnQ’s website under Activities – Visites de groupe.

A workshop will be given if there are at least 10 participants. The number of participants is limited to between 20 and 35, unless the workshop is offered somewhere other than the Grande Bibliothèque, in which case the number of participants may vary.

 

  

Top The Saint-Sulpice collection, priceless BAnQ treasure

Paris moderne et ses environs.

Paris moderne et ses environs, Paris,
Maison Martinet, circa 1900, [71 p.].

Workshop instructor: Philippe Legault, librarian, national collection
Offered in French only.

The workshop instructor proposes an engrossing look into the heart of the priceless treasures of the Saint-Sulpice collection, the core used to found the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec. The workshop has two goals: relate the history of this collection and give participants an opportunity to discover masterpieces in all fields of knowledge, particularly the history of science and technology, philosophy, social sciences, religion, languages and literature, all of which bear witness to the erudition and circulation of ideas in Québec from the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century.

 

Top The national collection, always in fashion

Fashion in 1912.

La mode féminine de 1900
à 1920
, N.p, n.p., n.d., plate
from the year 1912, n. pag.

Workshop instructor: Philippe Legault, librarian, national collection
Offered in French only.

Rich, unsuspected and astonishing: such are the documentary resources of the national collection that explore fashion from all angles. This workshop proposes an entire fashion parade mingling the know-how of the past with that of today while providing a breath of inspiration and proposing options for creativity. Spotlight on the beauties of the 19th century, the fashion of the 1930s and styles of the current decade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Québec architecture: A heritage to be explored

Grand Hotel, St-Hyacinthe, Québec.

Grand Hôtel, St-Hyacinthe, Québec,
postcard, Montréal, photos of the model,
between 1940 and 1950.

Workshop instructor: Simon Mayer, librarian, national collection
Offered in French only.

The architectural heritage of Québec has left numerous traces in BAnQ’s collections. Covering the “Abitation de Québecq” erected by Samuel de Champlain in 1608, the typical 18th-century rural home, the omnipresence of religious architecture and more recent buildings, this workshop invites participants to discover this memory of our cities and towns.

 

  

 

Top A look at the national music collection

Gramophone and old-fashioned equipment used to listen to sound recordings located in the national music collection reading room. Photo: Lea-Kim Châteauneuf.

Gramophone and old-fashioned equipment
used to listen to sound recordings located in
the national music collection reading room.
Photo: Lëa-Kim Châteauneuf.

Workshop instructors: Patrick Desrosiers and Myriam Genest, librarians, national music collection
Offered in French only.

Music has always held a decisive and fundamental place in Québec culture. Using multiple media, various reading devices and numerous soundbites, the librarians propose a musical journey that vividly illustrates Québec’s evolution from an artistic, social and technological viewpoint.

 

 

 

 

 

Top History and evolution of popular song in Québec: From the colonial period to the 21st century

Histoire de la musique pop au Québec.

Image created by Lëa-Kim
Châteauneuf, 2012..

Workshop instructor: a librarian from the national music collection
Offered in French only.

From folkloric songs to rap and swinging by yéyé music, chansonniers, disco and other incarnations, a fascinating exploration of a song that Québec is making its own.

 

 

TopComme d’habitude or My Way? The fabulous world of cover songs

Histoire de la musique pop au Québec.

Image created by Lëa-Kim Châteauneuf, 2012.

Workshop instructor: a librarian from the national music collection
Offered in French only.

In their heyday, the Baronets, Claude François, Elvis Presley, Tino Rossi, Renée Martel and Joe Dassin covered foreign language songs. We sometimes hum them without knowing it's not the original version! What's the story behind the phenomena, and just how widespread is it? What are the challenges of adapting one language to another?

A presentation complete with numerous audio and video clips.

 

 

Top Information

GRANDE BIBLIOTHÈQUE
475, boulevard De Maisonneuve Est
Montréal (Québec) H2L 5C4

Information
514 873-1100 or 1 800 363-9028

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