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SMITH, GUSTAVE, 1826-1896
MUS 96

Gustave Smith fonds.  - 1867-1892.  - 7 cm of textual records.  - 3 photographs. 

Biographical sketch
Born in London, England, Gustave Smith emigrated to Canada in 1856, working as a draftsman, organist and teacher, first in the Montréal region and then, after one year in New York and two years in New Orleans, in Ottawa.  He wrote many articles on music, and in 1861 published a musical Abécédaire which was used for some 60 years after.  Smith also wrote a few pieces for piano and choir, such as Aragonaise, La Comète, Doux Souvenirs and an Ave Maria

Scope and content

The fonds contains records pertaining to the professional activities of Gustave Smith:  writings, texts of lectures; manuscripts of compositions; published scores with dedications by I. Champagne and Amédée Tremblay; copy of the musical Abédécaire; photographs of Gustave Smith. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Mr. Bowman in 1978. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  none. 

Proactive Disclosure