On September 11, 2014 a television crew from France 3 (Basse-Normandie) visited the LAC Preservation Centre to film part of a documentary on French Canadian journalist Marcel Ouimet, long considered a pioneer when it comes to war correspondents.
LAC holds Mr. Ouimet’s original Radio-Canada Second World War battlefront reports on acetate discs, as well as other recordings from his career as a journalist.
The France 3 crew also invited Mr. Ouimet’s daughter, Ms. Renée Ouimet, to join them. Until this visit, she had never heard her father’s original war reports.
The French-only television segments on Marcel Ouimet produced by France 3 can be viewed online.
Inside the Audio Preservation studio at the LAC Preservation Centre France 3 photojournalist Charles Bézard films Renée Ouimet as she listens attentively to an audio recording of one of her father’s reports from 1944.
France 3 reporter Jean-Baptiste Pattier and LAC head audio conservator Gilles St-Laurent discuss the content of an audio recording on the Normandy Invasion of 1944 featuring Marcel Ouimet. Also pictured are Renée Ouimet, LAC film and broadcasting archivist Caroline Forcier-Holloway and France 3 photojournalist Charles Bézard.
Gilles St-Laurent, Renée Ouimet, Caroline Forcier-Holloway, Jean-Baptiste Pattier and Charles Bézard listen to a Second World War battlefront report by Marcel Ouimet.
France 3 photojournalist Charles Bézard zooms in on the acetate recording of Marcel Ouimet inside the Audio Preservation studio at the LAC Preservation Centre.
A meticulous note taker and letter writer, Marcel Ouimet wrote intimate letters to his wife while on assignment during the Second World War. Renée Ouimet examines some of her father’s original writings held in the LAC collection.
Inside one of the many climate-controlled vaults of the LAC Preservation Centre, Gilles St-Laurent shows Renée Ouimet where her father’s cherished recordings are kept.