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Claire Morin-Gauthier fonds

Media Type: 
Multiple media
Call Number / Archival Reference Number: 
P 393
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The fonds documents Claire Morin-Gauthier's training, professional career and relationships. The fonds consists mainly of correspondence files, course notes, research notes, botanical notebooks and press clippings and photographs.

Biography/Administrative History: 

Claire Morin (1905-1994) was born on March 6, 1905. She is the daughter of Alphonsine Côté and Victor Morin, notary and professor at the Université de Montréal. As a child, Claire Morin and her three sisters received private lessons from a teacher at home. In the spring, classes are held at Mont Bruno where Victor Morin owned a country house. It was here that Claire Morin first collected specimens and focused her attention on plants. She enrolled in the School of Library Science at McGill University, where she graduated in 1932. In 1933, she enrolled in the Faculty of Science at the Université de Montréal, where she attended, among others, the courses of Brother Marie-Victorin. In November 1934, she made a presentation at the Proceedings at the 102nd meeting of the Canadian Natural History Society, chaired by Brother Marie-Victorin. After studying general botany, systematic botany and zoology, she obtained her degree in botany (LSc) in 1937. She was a friend of Marcelle Gauvreau with whom she grew herbs in the Charlevoix region for the benefit of the Marie-Victorin Herbarium. Claire Morin then became secretary and collaborator of Jacques Rousseau, director of the Botanical Garden. In 1939, she published, jointly with him and Marcelle Gauvreau, a Bibliography of the botanical works contained in the 'Mémoires et Comptes-rendus de la Société Royale du Canada' from 1882 to 1936 inclusive. [Reference: Contributions of the Institut Botanique de l'Université de Montréal ', No 33, 1939.]. On June 6, 1942, she married Roger Gauthier (FONDSP303), a former classmate who became professor of botany at the Faculty of Science of the Université de Montréal. In 1943, she left her position as secretary to give birth to her first child. She then devoted herself to her family. She had two children: a daughter, Luce, born in 1943, and a son, Louis, born in 1944. For the rest of her life, she retained a great love of plants and botany. She died on February 27, 1994, a few days before her 89th birthday.

19 cm of textual documents, 214 photographs, 1 negative
Hosting Institution: 
University of Montreal
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