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Adèle Languedoc

b. 1904, Outremont, Que.; d. 1993 (December 25), Ottawa, ON.


BA 1929 (McGill); Library Diploma 1929 (McGill); BLS.1946 (Columbia)


Cataloguer, McGill University Library
Program Officer, McLennan Travelling Libraries Program (Program Director, 1940-1945)
Librarian, American Relief for France
Accessions Librarian, Canadian Bibliographic Centre (became the National Library of Canada in 1953)
Assistant National Librarian, National Library of Canada
Part-time Cataloguer, Pamphlets Collection, Public Archives of Canada


Languedoc, Adèle (1968). Centenary gifts to Canada's National Library. Ontario Library Review, v. 52, no. 3, 139-141.


When hired to work at the Canadian Bibliographic Centre in 1951, there were three librarians but no books. Along with Martha Shepard and Jean Lunn, she was referred to as a founding mother. She developed the Canadiana acquisitions program and Canadian Authors File and was well-respected for her detective work in tracking down Canadian publications and Canadian authors, especially French-language authors. A keen  traveler, she went to Sweden in the 1960s as a member of the Canadian delegation to a Unesco seminar on libraries. She also traveled to Tunisia and Algeria as a library advisor, helping them to expand their national library services under a Ford Foundation grant. Following her retirement as Assistant National Librarian in 1969, she worked part-time cataloguing a special collection of pamphlets for the Public Archives of Canada.


Bédard, Francine. “A Library Without Books  Acquisitions 1950-1953,” Bulletin, National Library of Canada, 32:6 (June 2000). Accessed Sept. 9, 2013.

Hampton, Edna. At Last, Time for Reading, Globe and Mail, April 2, 1969.

Sylvestre, Guy. Speech The National Library's 50th Anniversary. Accessed Sept. 9, 2013.

Library and Archives Canada. Celebrating Women's Achievements. Adèle de Guerry Languedoc Accessed August 9, 2013.

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