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.

 

Dutil, Lorenzo, Le régime de l’électricité dans la province de Québec. Trust ou Municipalisation?, Les éditions Nouvelles, Montréal, 1935
Collection Jean-François Larose

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.

 

Marteil, Victor, Fonderie de Fonte, Manuel pratique du fondeurMarteil, Victor, Fonderie de Fonte, Manuel pratique du fondeur Tome 1, Librairie Loubat & cie, Paris, 1909
Collection Jean-François Larose

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.

 

Vulcan Iron Works, «Vulcan Locomotives», Éditions ‟K’’, 1911
Collection Jean-François Larose

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.

 

Hanson, E.S, Concrete Roads and Pavements, The Cement Era Publishing Company, Chicago, 1913
Collection Jean-François Larose

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.

 

Wiring Materials Catalogue 37 W, Canadian General Electric Company Limited, Canada, 1937
Collection Jean-François Larose

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.

 

G. Denis, Leo et V. White, Arthur, Les forces hydrauliques du Canada, Commission de la conservation Canada, Ottawa, 1911
Collection Jean-François Larose

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.

 

G. Denis, Leo, Service d’eau et systèmes d’égouts, Commission de la Conservation Canada, Ottawa, 1916
Collection Jean-François Larose

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.

 

The Edison Era 1876-1892. The General Electric Story Vol. 1, Elfun Society, 1976
Collection Jean-François Larose

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.

 

Carrel, Frank, Louis Feiczewicz, The Quebec Tercentenary Commemorative History, The Daily Telegraph Printing House, Quebec, 1908
Collection Jean-François Larose

The collection brought together by Jean-François Larose also includes documents that commemorate special occasions, like this publication relating Quebec tercentenary celebrations in 1908.

 

Denison, Merrill, Au pied du courant. L’histoire Molson, Librairie Beauchemin Limitée, Montréal, 1955
Collection Jean-François Larose

An essential publication for anyone interested in the history of the Molson Brewery.

 

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