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Papineau family collection [multiple media] 

Collection consists of



Place of creation

Various places

2.80 m of textual records.
0.4 m of textual records : transcripts.
0.16 m of textual records : photocopies.
3 photograhs : glass plate.
1 portrait silhouette.

Scope and content

The collection is focussed on Louis-Joseph Papineau and his wife, but includes correspondence of Denis-Benjamin Papineau, his brother, and Louis-Joseph-Amédée Papineau, his son. The papers are varied: family, commercial, military, legal political, judicial and historical. Collection also consists of 3 copies on negative of glass of 2 portraits of Toussaint Papineau (1798-1869), priest of Pointe-aux-Trembles and a portrait of Augustin Papineau both brothers of Louis-Joseph Papineau. Collection also contains one portrait silhouette of Louis-Joseph-Amédée Papineau, July 1840, by Auguste Edouart. The series contain personal and political correspondence of Joseph, Denis-Benjamin, Louis-Joseph and Louis-Joseph-Amédée Papineau; legal and estate papers; transcriptions of historical documents made by Louis-Joseph Papineau; correspondence relating to the construction of a new church; "Journal d'un fils de la Liberté..." by Amédée Papineau; papers of the Seigneurie de la Petite-Nation; miscellaneous documents including an account book, drafts of legislation and a "guest book" for the Montebello Manor. One particular series contains correspondence between Andrew McDonald, his sister Marie-Louise, her husband, Casimir-Fidèle Papineau, and their daughter Mercedes.

Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
Architectural: technical drawings
90: Open
Cartographic material
90: Open
Textual records
Microfilm reel C-15788
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

The textual documents contained in volumes 1 to 40 have been microfilmed as a protective conservation measure and researchers must use the microfilms. Documents contained in volume 41 have been digitized.
Photographs: No restriction. Copyright: expired. Credit: Library and Archives Canada.
Graphic material: art No restriction. Copyright: expired. Credit: Library and archives Canada.

Textual records: The Finding Aid provides a chronologically-arranged listing of the correspondence and historical documents, with a brief description of the subjects and the names of authors for each item. The origin of each item is given where known. A table of contents is found at the beginning of volumes for which the Finding Aid provides no detailed listing. The introduction to the Finding Aid provides a microfilm shelf list. Both that list and the body of the Finding Aid are also available on microfilm reel C-15788. MSS0292 90 (Paper)

Textual records: The microfilm shelf list and the body of the finding aid are available on microfilm reel C-15788. MSS0292 90 (Microform)

Textual records: List of documents in volume 41. MSS0292 90 (Electronic)

Textual records: List of documents in volume 42. MSS0292 90 (Electronic)

Textual records: List of documents in volumes 107-109. MSS0292 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

Joseph Papineau (1752-1841), seigneur of Petite-Nation, was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada, 1791-1810. His son, Louis-Joseph Papineau (1786-1871) was elected to the House of Assembly in 1809 and occupied the chair of Speaker almost constantly until the Rebellion of 1837-1838. Leader of the Reformers, he took no active part in the uprising but was obliged to flee to the United States. He later went to France, where he stayed until 1845. On his return, he sat again in the Legislative Assembly, 1848-1854, but not as leader of the party.

His brother, Denis-Benjamin Papineau (1789-1854) did not share his political views and took no part in the Rebellion. He sat in the Legislative Assembly, 1842-1847, and was Commissioner of Crown Lands, 1844-1847. Louis-Joseph-Amédée Papineau (1819-1903), eldest son of Louis-Joseph, went into exile with his father in 1837 and studied law in the United States. On his return to Canada, he was named Pronotary of the Court of Queen's Bench. Casimir-Fidèle Papineau (1826-1892), son of Denis-Benjamin, was notary in Montréal; his daughter Mercedes married the musician Guillaume Couture (1851-1915).

Additional information

The collection was assembled from diverse sources between 1922 and 2009. Substantial portions of the documents were presented by Miss Augustine Bourassa and Mrs. Angelita O'Neill, grand-daughters of Louis-Joseph Papineau, and Miss Françoise MacKay, grand-daughter of Denis-Benjamin Papineau. The glass plates of Toussaint and Augustin Papineau have been donated to National Archives by Anne Bourassa in 1999.

Subject heading

1. Lower Canada - Politics and government, 1791-1841 Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, n.d.
2. Legislators - Canada, 1760-1915 Denis-Benjamin Papineau, [between 1760 and 1915]
3. Politicians - Lower Canada, 1790-1841 Louis-Joseph Papineau, [between 1760 and 1915]
4. Papineau family - Archives, 1760-1915 Pierre Dominique Debartzch, [between 1760 and 1915]
5. Churches - Lower Canada - Construction, n.d. D.-B. Vigar, [between 1760 and 1915]
6. Canada - History - Rebellion, 1837-1838 - Lower Canada, ca.1837-1855 Jonathan Sewell, [between 1760 and 1915]
7. Seigniorial tenure - Lower Canada, ca.1810-1910 Wolfred Nelson, [between 1760 and 1915]
8. Louis-Joseph-Amédée Papineau - Estate, ca.1810-1910 E.B. O'Callaghan, [between 1760 and 1915]
9. Bourassa family, ca.1810-1910 Louis Perrault, [between 1760 and 1915]
10. J.A. Roebuck, [between 1760 and 1915]
11. Politicians Canada.
12. Hommes politiques Canada.
13. Papineau, Louis-Joseph-Amédée, 1819-1903.
14. Politics and government. Canada
15. Politique et gouvernement . Canada
16. "Journal d'un fils de la liberté," ca.1837-1855.


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1982-110 PIC
2. 1998-00516-X
3. 1999-01321-2
4. MG24-B2