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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 162

Lavigne-Mauffette family fonds.  - 1869-1984.  - 90 cm of textual records.  - 199 photographs.  - 2 tintypes. 

Biographical sketches

Émery Lavigne (1859-1902):  Younger brother of Ernest, founder of Sohmer Park, and of Arthur, a music dealer in Québec City, he studied organ with R.O. Pelletier in Montréal.  With the exception of a period in Oswego, New York (1878-1883), Émery Lavigne's career as an organist, accompanist and teacher took place in Montréal.  In 1893 he founded the Haydn Trio; about the same time he was appointed an adjudicator at the Académie de musique de Montréal. 

Léontine Lavigne-Mauffette (1879-1939):  Daughter of Émery Lavigne, she was born in Oswego.  At the turn of the century, she gave a few piano concerts, notably at the Ladies' Morning Musical Club, and was a member of the Montréal cathedral choir. 

Estelle Mauffette (1904-1984):  Daughter of Léontine Lavigne Mauffette, she was born in Montréal.  After studying dramatic art with Jeanne Maubourg, she performed many roles in CBC radio plays.  She was the first to play the role of Donalda on the program Un homme et son péché by Claude-Henri Grignon.  She also had a career as a monologist and wrote the words to some songs set to music by Hector Gratton. 

Lucien Thériault (1897-1983):  Husband of Bérengère Mauffette, daughter of Léontine Lavigne-Mauffette, Thériault was a producer with Radio-Canada.  An enthusiast of Canadian songs, he also wrote and composed many himself. 

Scope and content
The fonds consists of records pertaining to the activities of members of the Lavigne-Mauffette family.  One will find, among others items, biographical notes; official records; correspondence; musical works; records pertaining to studies and teaching; Canadian song collection; press clippings; photographs and tintypes of family members. 

The fonds comprises the following series:  A - Émery Lavigne; B - Léontine Lavigne Mauffette; C - Estelle Mauffette; D - Lucien Thériault; E - Press Clippings and Biographical Notes; F - Photographs and Tintypes. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Guy Mauffette, grandson of Émery Lavigne, in 1985, and from Clotilde Painchaud in 1999. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  Monique Ostiguy.  "Numerical List of Lavigne-Mauffette Family fonds."  Ottawa:  National Library of Canada.  June 1990.  53 p.  (unpublished). 

Associated material:  Guy Mauffette fonds (MG 30 D 347) at the National Archives of Canada.

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