Fonds 34 - Laure Rièse fonds

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CA ON00399 34

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Laure Rièse fonds

Date(s)

  • 1996 (Creation)
  • 1928 – 1994 (Creation)

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Fonds

Extent and medium

6.81 m of textual records
525 photographs: b&w
574 photographs: col.
85 postcards
74 videocassettes
1 audiocassette

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Name of creator

(1910-1996)

Biographical history

Laure Eva Rièse was an academic. She was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the daughter of Frédéric Rièse and Laure Veuilleumier. She died, unmarried, in Toronto, Ontario. Rièse went to Secondary School in Switzerland. She studied arts and literature at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, before moving to Toronto in 1928 where she assumed a teaching position at Victoria College’s French House while studying at the University of Toronto. She acquired a B.A. in 1933, an M.A. in 1935 and a Ph.D. in 1946, the first woman faculty member to gain one. As a Professor of French at Victoria University, she conducted courses in the study of French-Canadian authors, and Quebec’s place in la francophonie. At the same time she supported the teaching of theatre. Rièse was a member of numerous organizations including Chairman of the Canadian Swiss Cultural Association, Honourary President of the Alliance Française, and founder and President of the French Salon in Toronto. She was also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in France (1971), the Officier d’Académie (1946), the Officier d’Instruction Publique, Officer of the Order of Canada, and Dame of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. Rièse’s publications include L’Ame de la Poésie Canadienne Française (anthology) and Les Salons Littéraires féminins du Second Empire.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Acquired from Laure Rièse in 1994.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of Laure Rièse’s records pertaining to her activities as an academic and to her personal life. The fonds includes certificates; awards; contracts; correspondence with friends, and with Canadian authors; records relating to Rièse’s activities as a member of the Advisory Board of the Northrop Frye Centre; correspondence and other material relating to Gerard Mourge; diaries; manuscripts; photographs; videocassettes for a Television Française Ontario (TFO) production entitled Mini-portrait pour le lancement de la foundation; notebooks, agenda books and engagement calendars; notes for speeches and conferences; research files; teaching files; and travel journals.

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No further accruals are expected.

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No restrictions on access.

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  • English
  • French

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The fonds also includes 6 photographs: 4x5 inch b&w negatives, 4 photographs: 35 mm col. negatives, 1 photograph: col. slide, 6 drawings, and 12 posters. It is stored in 38 boxes.

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