City of Montreal

City of Montreal

July 11, 2005 11:12 ET

City of Montreal/Canadian Historical Portraits Virtual Exhibition: Personalities Who Have Marked the Country's History

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - July 11, 2005) - The city of Montreal and its archivists are pleased to invite the public, for the second consecutive year, to a virtual exhibition highlighting heritage photographs and prints from the municipal archives. This year's edition features personalities who marked the history of Quebec and Canada between 1534 and 1940, from Jacques Cartier to Henri Bourassa.

More than 1,500 historical figures

The exhibition contains a remarkable collection of portraits put together by Aegidius Fauteux, former Director of the city's Central Library. In all, 3,338 images of 1,542 persons make up the exhibition Canadian Historical Portraits. This virtual exhibition represents a priceless visual bank for all those interested in national history and its key players. Montrealers, students and researchers will find in this exhibition a precious album to explore.

Famous Canadians

The portraits are grouped according to regions: Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. They also may be consulted using an index or a search engine. A description that includes a short biographical note accompanies each portrait. Information on 40% of these personalities can be found in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography or Les parlementaires depuis 1792 index of the Quebec National Assembly. The Web site includes a link to these valuable reference tools.

This project was made possible thanks to the financial help of the Department of Canadian Heritage via the Canadian Culture Online Funding Program, Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Council of Archives.

The exhibition Canadian Historical Portraits is available on the city of Montreal Web site at

Contact Information

  • Source:
    Ville de Montreal
    Archives de Montreal
    Mario Robert
    (514) 872-2579