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Welcome to a digital exhibit of the Mallet Collection
at Emmanuel d’Alzon Library, Assumption College

About the Collection | About the Digital Exhibit

About the Collection
The Mallet Collection is a unique and fascinating collection of 18th-, 19th-, and early 20th-century works on French Canadians, Franco-Americans, and Native Americans*. These materials comprised the personal library of Major Edmond Mallet (1842-1907), a Franco-American Civil War veteran from Oswego, N.Y., who served as Inspector General for Indian Affairs under President Grover Cleveland.

This collection of 6,000 items incorporates materials relating to the French exploration and settlement of the New World, as well as rare documents relating to Native Americans. The dichotomous nature of the collection reflects the two primary interests of Major Mallet: his French Canadian heritage and the integration of New World settlers with existing Native American settlements.

L’Union Saint-Jean-Baptiste d’Amérique, a society dedicated to Franco-Americans and French Canadian ancestry, acquired the collection in 1913, six years after Major Mallet’s death. In March 2004, the U.S.J.B., now part of Catholic Family Life Insurance (CFLI), transferred the collection to the Emmanuel d’Alzon Library at Assumption College. In December 2012, CFLI transferred full owernship of Mallet's book collection to Assumption and donated Mallet's manuscript, correspondence, and map collection.

*Here, the term "French Canadians" refers to people of French descent, living in Canada. "Franco-Americans" refers to people of French or French Canadian descent, living in the United States. "Native Americans" refers to indigenous peoples of North America.

About the Digital Exhibit
Because many of the items in the Mallet Collection are quite old and delicate, the collection is non-circulating—that is, items in the collection do not leave the library. However, to allow the public to enjoy the collection, the staff developed a digital exhibit of some of its most interesting pieces. This Web site includes fascinating scenes from the early Christian missions in the rural west, a look back at French explorers’ mark on North America, rare maps of 18th- and 19th-century United States and Canada, artwork depicting Native Americans in their tribal communities, and stately portraits of some of our nation’s great presidents and soldiers. At this time, the exhibit consists mainly of images, but we will enhance the exhibit with text in the future.

To navigate through the exhibit, please use the buttons on the left side of your screen. Each page provides a list of images to view. There are two versions of each image: a low-resolution image ("small") and a high-resolution image ("large"). High-resolution images, though larger and much more detailed, may take several minutes to load. In general, we recommend clicking on the low-resolution images when browsing the exhibit and only clicking on the high-resolution images for items of particular interest. Each image opens in a new browser window. To return to the page with the list of images, simply close the image window.

PLEASE NOTE: If an image shrinks to fit in the browser window, you may want to turn off the browser preference that automatically shrinks large images. In Microsoft Internet Explorer, this preference is under Tools > Internet Options > Advanced tab > Multimedia section, "Enable Automatic Image Resizing."

For questions about the digital exhibit or about the Mallet Collection at d’Alzon Library, please contact Liz Maisey at (508) 767-7384 or emaisey@assumption.edu.

About the Collection | About the Digital Exhibit

     
PLEASE NOTE: If an image shrinks to fit in the browser window, you may want to turn off the browser preference that automatically shrinks large images. In Microsoft Internet Explorer, this preference is under Tools > Internet Options > Advanced tab > Multimedia section, "Enable Automatic Image Resizing."
 
All images on this site are the property of L'Union Saint-Jean-Baptiste d'Amérique and are on permanent loan to Emmanuel d'Alzon Library at Assumption College. All printing and saving of the images with intent to publish or distribute is strictly prohibited. For more information about the Mallet Collection, please contact d'Alzon Library.
Assumption College
Emmanuel d'Alzon Library
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 767-7135
TTY: (508) 767-1777
Email: library@assumption.edu
Page last updated: June 25, 2014
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