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Heritage collections

CAIJ is the custodian of an important legal heritage. It preserves the works of CAIJ and legal practice from the 18th and 19th centuries. CAIJ gathers and preserves the historical collections of the libraries of the sectional bars of Quebec.

A valuable heritage

Aware of the rich legal heritage of which it is the guardian, in 2020 CAIJ embarked on a project to preserve and conserve its collection of old works. With the restoration of a selection of rare books and the digitization of Judge James Reid’s handwritten notebooks, CAIJ aims to facilitate and encourage consultation of these works, while ensuring their longevity.

A significant virtual exhibition

CAIJ takes its visitors back in time via a virtual exhibition featuring some of the most significant works and moments in the evolution of law and society in Quebec. These documents paint a portrait of the legal evolution of New France.

CAIJ thanks Donald Fyson, specialist in the socio-legal history of Quebec in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and full professor in the Department of Historical Sciences at Université Laval, for his expertise, advice, time and contribution to enriching the virtual exhibition project that showcases his heritage collections.