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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 The essential of his works is however made up of unpublished and often confidential research reports.

Experience

Associate Researcher in History

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Since October 2016
Responsibilities completed
  • 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
Responsibilities completed
  • History of the colonial site of Jacques Cartier et J-F de La Rocque de Roberval 1541-1543 near Quebec city.
Detailed Description
  • Direction of a research project at the archives nationales de France, gathering historical datas and writing reports
Company Description

The commission de la capitale nationale du Québec and the provincial ministry of culture in charge of the archaeological survey and the researches related to the history of these importants colonial ventures

Company website

http://www.cartier-roberval.gouv.qc.ca/journal-de-bord/article/nouvelles/semaine-du-26-au-29-juin-2007/index.html?month_active=5&year_active=2007&cHash=d7a1d55a309a11615c60fb17136dedfa

Honorary Associate Research Fellow in history

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

Researcher for the Texas Historical Commission, Texas, USA

Texas Historical Commission
October 1998 to August 2009
Responsibilities completed
  • Research about the last exploration venture of Cavelier de La Salle in America (XVIIe century)
Detailed Description
  • Researches in the French Archives about the last venture of Cavelier de La Salle en Amérique in connection with the archaeological survey of the ship La Belle by the Texas Historical commission and under the supervision of its director M. Jim Bruseth
  • find, transcribe, digitalize documents and write several research reports.
Company Description

The Texas Historical Commission, Austin, Texas and the Texas A & M University at College Station, Texas, USA

Company website

http://www.thc.state.tx.us/lasalle/lasdefault.shtml

Researcher for the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology

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

Research in the French Archives about the itinerary, mate, shape and loading of this ship under the supervision of Prof. Jim Spirek of the South Carolina institute for anthropology and Archaeology.

Company website

http://www.cas.sc.edu/sciaa/mrd/documents/LPart2.pdf

Researcher for the DRASSM and ADRAMAR

Direction des Recherches Archéologiques, Subaquatiques et Sous-marines de France
October 2007 to November 2007
Responsibilities completed
  • Researches about the wrecks of the Banche Reef
Detailed Description
  • Research in the archives, digitalization of documents and summary report.
Company Description

Study of the wrecks of the Banche Reef for the DRASSM in connection with a databasing project by ADRAMAR.

Company website

http://www.adramar.fr/fileadmin/user_upload/Bilan%202008%20all%E9g%E9.pdf

Databasing consultant for the Archives départementales de Gironde

Archives départementales de Gironde
October 2004 to October 2005
Responsibilities completed
  • Conception of a Data Base link to the digitalization of the Guyenne Admiralty archives
Detailed Description
  • Programing and linking the data base of the "Amirauté de Guyenne" to the digital archives. Checking the results before the opening of the internet site.
Company Description

This work was done under the supervision of M. Verges director of the Archives départementales de Gironde.

Company website

http://archives.cg33.fr/default.asp

Researcher for the Canadian Museum of Civilizations

Canadian Postal Museum
October 2001 to October 2005
Responsibilities completed
  • Research in the archives, transcriptions, digitalization of documents, research reports, writing texts for publications and conference on this topic
Detailed Description
  • Study about the postal correspondence between Canada and France in the XVIIth and XVIIIth cent.
Company Description

Under the supervision of M. John Willis director of the Canadian Postal Museum for the editing of the book More Than Words on the Canadian postal history and the preparation of an exhibit wich can still be consulted on internet (see the above link).

Company website

http://www.civilization.ca/cmc/exhibitions/cpm/chrono/chs1506e.shtml

Researcher for the Université de Bordeaux III

Université de Bordeaux III
October 1998 to October 2005
Responsibilities completed
  • Archival study for the research comity Cirilis and databasing for la Maison des pays ibériques. Research in the archives, writing reports, book publication.
Detailed Description
  • The CIRILIS project lead to the publication of the book Crepuscules Ultramontains, about the history of the Italian merchant community.
Company Description

The studies for CIRILIS were supervised by prof. Sandro Landi and the databasing at La MPI was done under the supervision of prof. J-P Dedieu. Both are research comities part of Univ. of Bordeaux III.

Researcher for the Archival Task Force

Université Laval, Québec, Canada and ARTAF, London, UK
October 1993 to October 1999
Responsibilities completed
  • Research about the history of the voyages of Martin Frobisher in Northern Canada
Detailed Description
  • Research, transcription, deciphering and digitalization of French, Spanish and British document relevant to this voyage. Some research were support by a Grant of the Wellcome Institute.
Company Description

ARTAF was a UK base research comity in London founded to manage the research on the voyages of Martin Frobisher in the British, French and Spanish archives working under the supervision of the Meta Incognitae Project Steering comity and Prof. Reginald Auger of Université Laval, in Quebec city.

Company website

http://www.civilization.ca/cmc/exhibitions/hist/frobisher/frboo01f.shtml

Researcher for the National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada (Parisian office)
October 1990 to October 1994
Responsibilities completed
  • 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.
Detailed Description
  • Study of the relations between Normandy and Canada (cod fishing and fur trading voyages or colonisation ventures).
Company Description

The National Archives of Canada had an office at the Canadian Embassy in Paris. These researches were held under the supervision of Raymonde Litalien.

Company website

http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/02/020112_f.html

Researcher for the CELAT

CELAT
October 1989 to October 2001
Responsibilities completed
  • Research in the French notarial records concerning Canadian history, transcriptions and digitalization of documents, writing reports
Detailed Description
  • Study of the French archives about Nord american history
Company Description

These researches were held under the supervision of Prof. Laurier Turgeon director of the CELAT, a research comity of the Lettres faculty of Université Laval in Quebec city.

Company website

http://www.celat.ulaval.ca/