Le Petit Courrier Limited (Limité) fonds

1997.3-f4-A#1

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Press of "Le Petit Courrier Limited (Limité)"

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Title: Le Petit Courrier Limited (Limité) fonds

Dates of Creation: 1937-1940

Physical Description: 4.5 cm of textual records

Admin/Bio History:

Le Petit Courrier dates back in 1937. In 1937 and 1938 the directors where as follows:

1937

*J. R. Comeau, Provincial Director

P. H. Stehelin, Secretary,

D. A. d'Eon, President

Cyriac I. Boudreau,  Director
J. E. LeBlanc, Director
L. A. d'Entremont, Director

1938

J. R. Comeau, President

P. H. Stehelin, Vice-President

D. A. d'Eon, Secretary

J. H. Deveau, Director
P. E. Belliveau, Director
Raymond LeBlanc, Director

"Le Petit Courrier" as its name indicates (petit-small) was not a true newspaper until it was passed to others. Given its small format (one page consisted of three columns ten inches) it was a one page of local interest written in a simple manner. The founder, Désiré d'Eon, conceived it because the people of South-West of Nova Scotia had few opportunities to read French.

The Digby Courier in February 10, 1937, printed the first copy. In the month of May during the same year it was moved to Yarmouth to be printed by the Yarmouth Herald until January 1939. For the next thirty years it was printed and published in West Pubnico.

In 1947, "Le Petit Courrier" obtained a new method of printing called linotype. The paper was published in West Pubnico until 1972.

In order to remodel the paper with a new orientation, the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia purchased it in 1970-1971.

Lacking the means of efficient and economic communication the Federation looked towards the provincial newspaper as catalysis to reflect daily Acadian life.

"L'imprimerie Lescarbot Ltée" was founded by a group of fifteen people. The company bought the newspaper but Désiré remained a shareholder. The South-West newspaper, "Le petit Courrier du sud-ouest de la Novelle-Écosse" became "Le Petit Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse".

In October 1977, the word "petit " had been discretely removed from the paper. From then on, it had been named "Le Courrier.

"Le Courrier" has as its mandate, to develop links between the different francophone and Acadian communities of Nova Scotia and to promote their interest.

The first goal of the new provincial paper, "Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse" was to unite the Acadians by creating a common identity between all. In 1987, the "Fédération Francophone (Acadienne) de la Nouvelle-Écosse" became owner of "Le Courrier" and would manage it in the future. Cyrille LeBlanc from Wedgeport was editor for many years.

In 2001, Danille Marchand is the editor and Anne Gaudet is the general manager.

Custodial History:

The documents were donated to the archives in 1997, by Jean Bernard d'Entremont, the executor of will and nephew, of Désiré d'Eon. Désiré was the founder and editor of the Petit Courrier.

Scope and Content:

The fonds consists of 3 series: Le Petit Courrier Limited (Limité); Certificates; Photographs.
Notes

Source of supplied title: Title based on content of the fonds.

Dates of Creation: [1937-1940], dates of creation notes: 1938, 1940.

Physical description: The fonds consists of textual records and photographs.

Physical condition: The black book is worn, first page is partially detached and the spine is delicate. The mottled brown book is in good condition.

Language: Shareholders book is in French and English.

Finding aids: Box list is available.

Accruals: Further accruals are expected.

Related records in different fonds:

Related records can be found in Désiré d'Eon fonds
1997.3-f2-B#13.
General Notes:

The printing press, the chair, the desk as well as other printing paraphernalia used by Désiré d'Eon are exhibited in the basement of the Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos et Centre de recherche. A ring binder containing 9 acetates of Désiré d'Eon et Le Petit Courrier for the overhead projector is available in the museum. The book Désiré d'Eon journaliste 921 d'Eon written by Jeanelle d'Entremont et Lorna d'Entremont ISBN 0-919937-39-X is in the library. The following items can be found in the Research Center: the entire series of newspapers Le Petit Courrier du Sud-Ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse (complete set) Dates - Vol. 1, no.1 (February 10, 1937) - Vol.36, no.7 (May 18, 1972), Le Petit Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse (complete set) Dates - Vol.36, no.8 (May 25, 1972) - Vol.41, no.24 (October 20, 1977), Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse "Le seul journal de langue français en Nouvelle-Écosse depuis 1937" (missing several issues) Dates - Vol.41, no.25 (October 27, 1977) - to date, a CD of the "Le Petit Courrier et les vieux mots" (index of the Petit Courrier Volume 1-11), a written index from 1937-1977, in Père Clarence d'Entremont fonds 1998.3-subject file - Le Petit Courrier, and an index from Volume 1-11 from 1937-1947. The archives have copies of Le Petit Courrir from 1937-1972, Le Petit Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse from 1972-1977, and Le Courrier de La Nouvelle-Écosse from 1977 to current. Index of the copies are available on-line at www.ccfne.ns.ca/~museum/english/archives/newspapers/index.htm
A list is available in the binder called Registre de Journal livre Numéro 1.

Retrieval No: 1997.3-f4

Subjects:  Newspaper

                    Acadian

                    Business


Revised December 18, 2001


*  (sic)

    Jean  R. Comeau, Clare

    Paul  H. Stehelins - Author of Electric City and grand-son of Emile Stehelin, New France.

    Désiré Augustin d'Eon, publisher from West Pubnico

    Cyriac I. Boudreau, from Wedgeport.  Was Argyle Municipal Clerk for many years.

    Dr. Jean Emile LeBlanc, Pubnico Community Doctor.

    Louis Anderson d'Entremont,  West Pubnico, Inspector of School.

    Jonny  H. Deveau, A. F. Thériault Shipyard Meteghan River.

    Dr. Pierre E. Belliveau, Clare

    Raymond LeBlanc, Clare,  Agricultural Rep.

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A.     Le Petit Courrier Limited (Limité)

B.    Certificats

C.     Photographs

 

Series Description

Institution Name : Les Archives père Clarence d'Entremont

Title: Le Petit Courrier Limited (Limité)

Dates of Creation: 1938

Physical Description: 2 cm of textual records

Custodial History:

The documents were donated to the archives in 1997, by Jean Bernard d'Entremont, the executor of will and nephew, of Désiré d'Eon. Désiré was the founder and editor of the Petit Courrier.

Scope and Content:

The series contains 3 books of shareholders certificates.

Notes

Source of supplied title: The series is based on the contents of the series.

Retrieval No: 1997.3-f4-A


Revised December 4, 2001

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Series Description

Institution Name : Les Archives père Clarence d'Entremont

Title: Certificates

Dates of Creation: 1976-1989

Physical Description: .5 cm of textual records

Custodial History:

The documents were donated to the archives in 1997, by Jean Bernard d'Entremont, the executor of will and nephew, of Désiré d'Eon. Désiré was the founder and editor of the Petit Courrier.

Scope and Content:

The series contains 1 file of certificates.

Notes

Source of supplied title: The series is based on the contents of the series.

Retrieval No: 1997.3-f4-B


Revised December 4, 2001

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Series Description

Institution Name : Les Archives père Clarence d'Entremont

Title: Photographs

Dates of Creation: [197-]

Physical Description: .2 cm of textual records

Custodial History:

The documents were donated to the archives in 1997, by Jean Bernard d'Entremont, the executor of will and nephew, of Désiré d'Eon. Désiré was the founder and editor of the Petit Courrier.

Scope and Content:

The series contains 1 file with two photographs.

Notes

Source of supplied title: The series is based on the contents of the series.

Retrieval No: 1997.3-f4-C

Revised December 4, 2001

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