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The Québec National Archives in Sherbrooke

Location: Sherbrooke
Year of inauguration: 1979 

The history of the region since 1793

Sherbrooke circa 1940.

Downtown Sherbrooke, corner of King and Wellington (ca. 1940).
BAnQ Sherbrooke, Freeman Clowery collection, (P14, S71, P67).
Unknown photographer.

Located in Sherbrooke, BAnQ Sherbrooke covers a territory with an area of almost 10,200 square kilometres. It is part of the network of 10 Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) archives centres located throughout Québec.

Dedicated to the preservation and development of the region's public and private archives, it offers researchers and the public a consultation room and efficient personnel to guide them in the use of the wide range of materials the centre holds. The oldest items date back to 1793.

BAnQ Sherbrooke houses:

  • 2345 linear metres of textual documents;
  • 81,010 graphic materials;
  • 5201 audio and film materials;
  • 16 540 cartographic materials.
Magog river post card.

Magog River, Sherbrooke, Québec. 
postcard (ca. 1906).
BAnQ Sherbrooke, Freeman Clowery collection.
(P14, S71, P145), unknown photographer.


The public archives include the:

  • archives of the judicial districts of Saint-François and Bedford, in which the oldest items date back to 1794, including the records of notaries and surveyors, guardianships and curatorships, civil status records, civil marriage contracts, wills, inventory closures and judgments;
  • archives of the various government departments present on the territory, which concern, among other things, the inventory of sites of worship, aerial photograph coverage of the region, the management of the Winter prison or even the Baldwin fishery.

The private archives cover the:

  • family history (for example, the Bowen family fonds, 1799-1896 and the famille Lippé fonds (1852-2006););
  • literature (Alfred DesRochers fonds, 1910-1978);
  • music (Sylvio Lacharité fonds, 1910-1983);
  • trade and industries (Chambre de commerce de Sherbrooke fonds, 1881-1981, Johns-Manville Canada Inc. fonds (1888-1997); Cascades East Angus Inc. fonds ([vers 1881]-[2006]);
  • photography : Jacques Darche fonds (1918-2002), Studio Boudrias fonds ([after 1873]-1980);
  • architecture : Albert Poulin fonds (1926-1978), Denis Tremblay fonds (1916-1976), Roger Couture fonds (1950-2005);
  • politic : Émilien Lafrance fonds (1865-1977);
  • Groups : SOS Parc Orford fonds (2006-2010).

    BAnQ Sherbrooke also holds a few fascinating collections of postcards by Freeman Clowery and wax cylinders by Jean-Jacques Schira, covering the periods of 1840 to 1920 and 1897 to 1960, respectively. It should be noted that the collection also includes a financial register from Attleborough that recorded the purchases by the first United Empire Loyalists who settled in the Eastern Townships (1793-1828).


    Certified private archives services

    Centre de ressources pour l'étude des Cantons-de-l'Est

    Société d'histoire de Sherbrooke

    Regroupement des archives du Séminaire de Sherbrooke et de l'Archidiocèse de Sherbrooke


    Contact information

    Various archives documents.

    All of the materials reproduced here are included in the collections
    and fonds of BAnQ Sherbrooke. Photographer : Julie Roy

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

    Opening hours
    Monday through Friday,
    from 8:30 am to 12 noon
    and from 1 pm to 4:30 pm

    Telephone: 819 820-3010 or 1 800 363-9028
    Fax: 819 820-3146
    E-mail: archives.sherbrooke@banq.qc.ca