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(McCord collection only)
The On-line Collection
The Textual Archives, which total 269 running metres, contain a large number of items, among them manuscripts, original documents, correspondence and personal journals. Some of the oldest and most outstanding pieces were collected by David Ross McCord himself, with the aim of preserving our written memory. The Museum's founder also believed that exhibiting a manuscript alongside an object to which it related served to enhance the object's evocative power and give it fresh vitality.
- This sector is composed of 417 fonds and 113 collections, for a total of 530 groupings.
- The documents have a wide and varied range of sources. They come from families (the Dessaulles, McCord, Armstrong-Deligny-Philips and Bacon families); from well-known individuals and others well worth knowing (Sir George-Étienne Cartier, Maurice-Régis Blondeau, Hélène Baillargeon Côté); from companies and associations (Women's Art Society of Montreal, Victoria Rifles of Canada, Gibb & Co.); and from collections (New France, British Empire, Concert and Theatre Programs, Valentines).
- The McCord allows consultation of 530 fonds and collections covering the period from the 18th century to the present and focusing on a wide variety of subjects, including religion, business, exploration, the fur trade, and social, military and economic issues of the time.