Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
Juillet 2007

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Alfred Duclos DeCelles

De Celles, Alfred Duclos (1843-1925), librarian and author, was born at St. Laurent, bower Canada, the son of A. D. DeCelles and Sarah Holmes, on August 15, 1843. He was educated at the Quebec Seminary and at Laval University (B.A., 1867; Litt.D., 1890); and in 1873 he was called to the Quebec bar,  but never practised law. He began life as a journalist, and was successively editor of the Journal de Québec, La Minerve, and L'Opinion publique. From 1880 to 1885 he was an assistant librarian in the Library of Parliament, Ottawa; and from 1885 to 1920 he was general librarian in this library. He died at Ottawa on October 5, 1925. In 1876 he warned Eugénie Dorion, of Ottawa. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Canada in 1885; in 1903 he was made a chevalier of the Legion of Honour, France, and in 1907 a C.M.G. A voluminous writer, he was the author of Les États Unis (Montreal, 1898), A la conquête de la liberté religieuse en France et en Canada (Lévis, 1898), Papineau (Montreal, 1905), Papineau, Cartier (Toronto, 1906), Lafontaine et son temps (Montreal, 1907), The patriotes of '37 (Toronto, 1916), Les constitutions du Canada (Montreal, 1918), and Laurier et son temps (Montreal, 1920). See T. Chapais, "Alfred Duclos DeCelles" (Canada Français, November, 1925).


Source: W. Stewart WALLACE, The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 411p., p. 191.

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