The mission of the Archives nationales du Québec is to ensure the conservation and development of documents significant to the history of Quebec. More specifically, it entails conserving and disseminating historic government, civil, and judicial archives; training and advising public organizations in the management of their administrative and historic archives; and promoting the conservation and utilization of private archives through aid programmes.
The Centre conserves collections of both a public and private nature.
These include: baptisms, marriages, burials, and notarial acts available on microfilm (beginning in the late 18th century); archives of government services in the region and of tribunals (beginning in 1823); archives of a private nature, including documents of musician Sylvio Lacharité, founder and musical director for over 30 years of the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra (correspondence with artists, musical work, concert programmes, etc.); documents of poet Alfred DesRochers (correspondence with writers, manuscripts of his works, unpublished poems, etc.); drawings and plans of the buildings of architects Denis Tremblay, J. Aimé, and Albert Poulin, illustrating civil and religious architecture of the 20th century; photographs and postcards of people, events, and scenes of the region (the Jacques-Darche and Jean-Paul-Boudrias Fonds, the Freeman Clowery Collection) from the early 20th century; and a collection (Jean-Jacques Schira) of record albums (78 speed) of traditional violin music and of Canadian songs by 74 artists such as "la Bolduc."
Groups and school groups welcome. Occasional exhibitions.
Year-round: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon; 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Centre d'archives de l'Estrie
225, rue Frontenac, Niveau 4
Sherbrooke (Québec) J1H 1K1