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Accession Number: 77-039


Henri Bourassa fonds. -- Microfilmed 1967. -- 3 microfilm reels.

Biography / History

Henri Bourassa, journalist and politican, was born at Montreal, Quebec, on September 1, 1868, the son of Napoleon Bourassa and Azalie Papineau, and the grandson of Louis Joseph Papineau. He was educated by tutors, and became a journalist. He was a contributor to "Le Nationaliste," a journal published in Montreal; and in 1896 he was elected to represent Labelle as an independant Liberal in the House of Commons. He became a pronounced "Nationalist; and in 1910 he founded "Le Devoir," a Nationalist newspaper in Montreal, of which he became the editor-in-chief, and he continued as editor until he broke with many of the Nationalists, and resigned from the paper in 1932. Bourassa has been described as a man of erratic impulses. This is exemplified in his resignation from the House of Commons in 1907 so he could sit in the Quebec Legislative Assembly. He remained in the Assembly from 1908 to 1912. He sat once again in the House of Commons from 1925 to 1935, when he was defeated in his old constituency, Labelle. Bourassa was an outstanding political figure, and a first-rate orator. He also published many pamphlets on political questions, in both French and English. Henri Bourassa died at Outremont, Quebec, on August 30, 1952. (Taken from: "The Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography." 4th ed. Toronto: Macmillam of Canada, 1974.)

Custodial History

The microfilm of the fonds was purchased, by the Trent University Archives, from the Public Archives of Canada.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of correspondence, 1891-1935, and articles written by Henri Bourassa for Le Devoir, 1910-1932.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.

The microfilm was purchased from the Public Archives of Canada.

Most of the records are in the fonds are in French.

The original items are the property of Misses Anne and Marie Bourassa.

Restrictions: The microfilm may not be reproduced for commercial purposes. The texts by Henri Bourassa and the rights to the microfilm belong to the Misses Anne and Marie Bourassa.

Associated materials are located at the National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; les archives nationales du Quebec, Quebec; les archives nationales du Quebec, Montreal, Quebec; and the McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec.

Microfilm. Set 28.

Finding Aid

Microfilm, trois bobines. Archives Publiques du Canada, MG 27 II E1, bobines M-721, M-722A, M-905. Les originaux appartiennent à Mademoiselle Anne Bourassa, Outrement, Québec.

La réproduction de ce microfilm pour fins commerciales est interdite. Cette correspondance est ouverte á la consultation sous toutes réserves des droits d'auteur. Les textes de Henri Bourassa et les droits sur le microfilm sont la propriété de Mademoiselles Anne et Marie Bourassa.

Correspondance echangée entree Henri Bourassa et:

Reel No.

N.A. Belcourt (1892-1928)
C.H. Cahan (1911-1931)
Thomas Chase Casgrain (1910)
Hon. C.J. Doherty (1914)
John S. Ewart (1912-1926)
Sir Charles Fitzpatrick (1901-1929)
W.W. Gregory (1900-1931)
Lord Grey (1905-1908)
Goldwin Smith (1900-1909)

Sir Wilfred Laurier (1891-1905)
Armand Lavergne (1913-1927)
Lord Milner (1908-1912)
F.D. Monk (1910-1914)
Jules-Paul Tardival (1899-1904)

Articles écruits par Bourassa pour Le Devoir. Il y étudie les principaux hoomes politiques et analyse les questions et les évenéments politiques de la période 1910-1932.