Fonds PR3325 - Le Progrès Albertain fonds [textual record (microform)]

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Le Progrès Albertain fonds [textual record (microform)]

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    • [Microfilmed in 1981?] (originals created in 1909-1915) (Creation)

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    2 microfilms; 35 mm

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    Wilfrid Gariépy, Liberal candidate and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Saint-Albert, founded the French language newspaper Le Progrès in Morinville, in 1909, to promote his campaign. The first issue was published February 27.

    Gariépy sold Le Progrès in March 1909 to T.L. Girard and J. Adolphe Nantel. Romuald Morin then bought the journal in April, keeping J.A. Nantel as editor. In October the journal was sold to Omer Saint-Germain. The newspaper was bought back by Gariépy in 1912, who joined Saint-Germain in establishing the Progressive Printing Company Limited. The journal was issued by then in 2000 copies, competing with another weekly French journal, Le Courrier de l'Ouest. The journal's declared mission was to promote the settlement in Alberta among the French-Canadians and other francophones and to defend their interests; it was also openly supportive for the Liberal party.

    In December 1913, considering that the scope of his journal was larger than just the county of Saint-Albert, Gariépy changed its name to Le Progrès Albertain. However the newspaper came to a sudden end when on August 19, 1915, its editor published on the first page a picture of Gariépy and a supporting article bringing evidence that Gariépy had done more damage to the recognition of the French language than the Orangists ever had. Gariépy was at that time attending a conference in San Francisco as provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs and never published another issue. Other factors may have influenced the decision to shut down the paper, which consisted of only four pages, particularly the competition for a small market during the wartime years.

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    The fonds consists of the microfilms of Le Progrès (March 6th, 1909-November 27, 1913) and Le Progrès Albertain (December 4th, 1913-April 15, 1915).

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    Purchased from West Canadian Graphics.


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        The material is in French.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Journal's Index available.

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        The microfilms are also available at Collections Canada.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Includes accession PR1981.0209.

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