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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 281

Philippe Laframboise fonds.  - 1926-1997.  - 2.56 m of textual records.  - 406 photographs.  - 47 audio tape reels.

Biographical sketch
Philippe Laframboise, a journalist, writer, researcher and historian born in Sainte-Geneviève de Pierrefonds, Quebec, moved to Montréal in 1935 to continue his elementary education.  In 1942, he became a newsroom messenger at Le Devoir and in 1947 began his career as a journalist with Le Progrès de Villeray, written under the pseudonym Christian de Vincy.  That same year, he published the narrative Les Vacances de Lili and, with author Béatrice Clément, founded the Association des écrivains pour la jeunesse.  In 1955, Laframboise moved to France to study art history, French literature, phonetics and drama, among other subjects.  During his career, he also worked for the weeklies Nouvelles Illustrées and Télé-Radiomonde and for a range of radio and television programs including La Valse a cent ans and L'Univers de Yoland Guérard

Scope and content
The fonds contains, among other items, biographical notes and a press file on Laframboise; manuscripts of books (Les Chansons de la Bolduc, Dieu chez Piaf, Tino Rossi :  cinquante ans d'amour, Les Vacances de Lili, etc.); scripts for radio series (Le Grand carrousel du samedi matin, La Petite histoire de la chanson, etc.); scripts for television series (Histoire d'une étoile, C'était l'bon temps, Québec sait chanter, Formi. . .  formidable, etc.); and biographical notes on personalities in the artistic world; photographs of popular singers, actors and other personalities of the Quebec and European stage; recordings of variety shows and interviews for CFTM between 1965 and 1970. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired by donation from Philippe Laframboise in 1997 and 1998. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 

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