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Professional Status

Open to opportunities

About Me

Born in Quebec City and living in France, Bernard Allaire is a socio-economic historian of European and North American urban and maritime civilizations. He is involved in many historical, archaeological and sociological research projects in connection with European and North-American specialists. He particularly enjoys historical topics which complete the expertise of other historians or archaeologists and also study north-american Indian societies, correspondence networks and history of crafts and sciences. He goes through the archives in public records, libraries and his data bases for governments, local authorities, academics, jurists and private individuals to identify, transcribe and digitalize relevant documents. Author of Pelleteries, manchons et chapeaux de castor: les fourrures nord-américaines à Paris 1500-1632 (Pelts, Muff and Beaver hats: the North American furs in Paris 1500-1632), Québec/Paris, Septentrion & PUPS, 1999 (Falardeau award) and Crépuscules ultramontains: marchands italiens et grand commerce à Bordeaux au XVIe siècle (Ultramontane Twilight: Italian merchants and Commerce in XVIth century Bordeaux), Bordeaux PUB, 2008 (Desgraves award); La Rumeur Dorée: Roberval et l'Amérique, Montréal, éd. de La Presse, 2013 and, more recently, a collective work with Maria Fusaro, Richard Blakemore and Tijl Vanneste Law, Labour and Empire, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 . He also writes in reviews, collective publications and gives conferences. The essential of his works is however made up of unpublished and often confidential research reports.


Associate Researcher in History

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Since October 2016
  • Research for the ERC project NorFish PI professor Poul Holm
  • Research in archive and production of reports

Researcher for La Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec

Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec
Since October 2007
  • History of the colonial site of Jacques Cartier et J-F de La Rocque de Roberval 1541-1543 near Quebec city.

Honorary Associate Research Fellow in history

College of Humanities, University of Exeter
October 2012 to May 2015

Researcher for the Texas Historical Commission, Texas, USA

Texas Historical Commission
October 1998 to August 2009
  • Research about the last exploration venture of Cavelier de La Salle in America (XVIIe century)

Researcher for the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology

University of South Carolina
October 1998 to October 2008
  • Research concerning the corsair ship Le Prince wrecked on the Coast of South Carolina in the XVIth cent.

Researcher for the DRASSM and ADRAMAR

Direction des Recherches Archéologiques, Subaquatiques et Sous-marines de France
October 2007 to November 2007
  • Researches about the wrecks of the Banche Reef

Databasing consultant for the Archives départementales de Gironde

Archives départementales de Gironde
October 2004 to October 2005
  • Conception of a Data Base link to the digitalization of the Guyenne Admiralty archives

Researcher for the Canadian Museum of Civilizations

Canadian Postal Museum
October 2001 to October 2005
  • Research in the archives, transcriptions, digitalization of documents, research reports, writing texts for publications and conference on this topic

Researcher for the Université de Bordeaux III

Université de Bordeaux III
October 1998 to October 2005
  • Archival study for the research comity Cirilis and databasing for la Maison des pays ibériques. Research in the archives, writing reports, book publication.

Researcher for the Archival Task Force

Université Laval, Québec, Canada and ARTAF, London, UK
October 1993 to October 1999
  • Research about the history of the voyages of Martin Frobisher in Northern Canada

Researcher for the National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada (Parisian office)
October 1990 to October 1994
  • Studying the notarial records of the city of Le Havre de Grace at the Archives départementales de Seine Maritime in Rouen (Normandy, France
  • Writing reports and assisting meetings. The results are included in the NAC online data bases.

Researcher for the CELAT

October 1989 to October 2001
  • Research in the French notarial records concerning Canadian history, transcriptions and digitalization of documents, writing reports


PH. D. es Lettres, History

Université Laval, Québec et Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales de Paris
September 1988 to May 1995

Thesis on XVI-XVIIth socio-century economic history
Title: Le commerce des fourrures à Paris et les pelleteries d'origine canadienne en France (1500-1632)
(The Canadian fur trade in Paris 1500-1632)

DEA Lettres

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales de Paris
September 1990 to May 1991

Under the supervision of prof. Pierre Jeannin

Master degree Lettres, history department

Université Laval, Quebec city, Canada
September 1985 to May 1987

Title: Une économie en déséquilibre: les autochtones du St-Maurice de la traite des fourrures à la construction des barrages hydroélectriques.

Baccalaureat es Lettres, History department

Université Laval, Quebec city, Qc, Canada
January 1982 to May 1985

General diploma with cursus in sociology, museology and German langage.

DEC Lettres

Collège Limoilou, Quebec city, Qc, Canada
September 1980 to December 1981

College Degree, general cursus

Analytic Chemistry

Collège Ahuntsic, Montreal, Qc, Canada
September 1978 to May 1980

Sciences department


  • Historical researches
  • Research planning
  • Archives
  • Manuscripts
  • Paleography
  • Cryptography
  • Windows
  • Office suite professional
  • Networking
  • Databasing
  • Material Culture of XVIe-XIXth cent.
  • Documentation
  • Comparative study
  • French
  • English
  • German


  • Downhill Ski
  • Fitness
  • Trout fishing
  • science-fiction
  • comedy & Sitcom