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 The essential of his works is however made up of unpublished and often confidential research reports.
Research in the archives, transcriptions, digitalization of documents, research reports, writing texts for publications and conference on this topic
Study about the postal correspondence between Canada and France in the XVIIth and XVIIIth cent.
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).