In addition to his many years of industrial heritage consultation, Jean-François Larose is also a seasoned collector. Over time he has amassed an impressive collection of books – many of them old and rare – that document different facets of the economic and industrial history of Canada. Some of these publications are from the United States or Europe and serve to reflect the evolution of science and technology. He also collected company monographs, government documents, and other publications related to the history of Quebec society. This collection is a tremendous resource for anyone interested in industrial heritage and history.
In Quebec in the 1930s, many begin to question the stranglehold of trusts on the production and sale of electricity. This serves as a precursor to nationalization.
Publication on forging techniques published in 1909 intended for vocational school students in France. Generously illustrated, this type of document allows for a better understanding of manufacturing processes of the time.
The transportation industry was a major driver of development on the continent. A publication that presents different locomotive models built by the American industry at the start of the 20th century.
Public works, such as the construction of roads, also inspired an abundant literature that reflects technical advancements. A publication on road surfacing at the beginning of the 20th century.
General Electric was one of the largest manufacturers of electrical products in North America. This catalogue offers a glimpse into the company’s diverse production.
At the start of the 20th century, the Canadian Commission of Conservation carries out various studies on the country’s resources. This publication released at the start of the 20th century takes stock of rivers with hydraulic potential throughout different Canadian provinces.
This publication takes detailed stock of water supply and sewage facilities in Canadian cities and towns. For each location, the compilation offers information such as year of construction, ownership, and capacity.
Company histories are also useful for understanding the evolution of an industry. A small brochure published in 1976 by a General Electric employee organization, presenting Thomas Edison’s contribution to the creation of the company.
The collection brought together by Jean-François Larose also includes documents that commemorate special occasions, like this publication relating Quebec tercentenary celebrations in 1908.
An essential publication for anyone interested in the history of the Molson Brewery.
Photos: Daphnée Bouchard
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