The centenary of Archives de Montréal

2013

The year marked the centenary of Archives de Montréal's creation, making it the oldest public archives in Québec and the oldest municipal archival institution in Canada.

The celebrations got underway on May 17—the date Montréal was founded—by designating Jeanne Mance and the Sieur de Maisonneuve as historical figures under Québec’s Cultural Heritage Act.

Quite an appropriate tribute to this anniversary took place in November, with the launch of Quand les archives racontent Montréal : 100 pièces d’exception, published by Publications du Québec. A labour of love by archivists Nicolas Bednarz, Anick Forest-Bonin and Mario Robert, the book tells the story of Montréal through 100 known or unsuspected treasures held in the vaults at city hall.

Another new development: the awarding of the first scholarship to a history student, Michael Hawrysh, for his thesis Une ville bien arrosée : Montréal durant l’ère de la prohibition (1920-1933), written under the supervision of Professor Michèle Dagenais, Université de Montréal.

Given the death of Nelson Mandela on December 6, it should be noted that the Archives has documented the trip to Montreal this great statesman and his wife Winnie made in 1990. A photo album commemorates their remarkable visit, which lives on in Montrealers’ memories.

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