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The audiovisual archives - recounting our history and bringing it to life

As early as the 1920s, Québec was the first province in Canada to use film for information, advertising and training purposes. As a result, government films account for a large part of the BAnQ collection. The works of abbot Maurice Proulx and Monsignor Albert Tessier are very much in the government vein. More recently, from 1960 to 1980, well-known filmmakers like Labrecque, Lamothe, Carle and Dansereau also put their talent to use for the government.

The sound recordings of speeches by Maurice Duplessis, of a recital given by the famous Édith Piaf in Québec City or by Félix Leclerc in Joliette, and of the Mémoire d’une époque series, are all exceptional opportunities to lend an attentive ear to our history.

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