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The Rozier Library and Heritage Collection

Here you will find:

About the Library and the Collection

The Rozier Library & Heritage Room is named for Firmin A. Rozier. He was named the Brigadier General of the Missouri State Militia in 1845. In 1851, he became the mayor of Ste. Genevieve. In 1853, he became the owner/occupant/caretaker of the Old Academy, the first school west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by the United States. The school closed after all four of its teachers enlisted in the Confederate Army. General Rozier was an historian of note whose compilation of the early history of Missouri was published in 1890. He had a significant library at the Old Academy made up of early Missouri law books, history books, text books, and many books in French including a large number of early Catholic devotional and theological volumes.

The Ste. Genevieve Board of Education acquired both the library and the Old Academy building in 1934. The library resided for many years in the French classroom at the high school. In 2008, the books were donated to The Bolduc House Museum with the understanding that we would make them available under supervised conditions to the community. The Old Academy has been privately owned since 1994.

Our Rozier Library and Archives includes several collections. The Rozier Library is comprised of 18th and 19th century books in French and English used in the Old Academy, a boy’s school begun in 1809. This “library” also includes early Missouri law books from Judge Firmin Rozier’s office stored in three of his original custom built cabinets. The Colonial Dames library is a more eclectic collection with a first edition of Jean Jacques Rousseau’s novel, “Heloise” and assorted other rare books, early American and French Canadian genealogy resources, as well as reference books related to our collections, time period, and gardens. We have archival documents related to the restoration of the Louis Bolduc House, original manuscripts and maps, and a large collection of books and maps on loan from Yan Bolduc about the Bolduc family history here, in Quebec, and in Europe. Our collections are available to the public with an appointment when a curator is present.

This page will become the archive site for the website. We are in the process of not only cataloging everything but we also hope to put them on line soon. Please watch this space for updates on this project. Please be patient as it gets organized.

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Our Newsletters and Publications

Please select one of these publications and click on the issue you are interested in:
Nouvelles is the quarterly newsletter for adults
Aujourd'hui Chez Louis is the monthly newsletter for children

Nouvelles

First Quarter 2010
Second Quarter 2010
Third Quarter 2010
Fourth Quarter 2010
First Quarter 2011
Second Quarter 2011
Third Quarter 2011
Fourth Quarter 2011
First Quarter 2012
Second Quarter 2012
Third Quarter 2012
Fourth Quarter 2012
First Quarter 2013
Second Quarter 2013
Third Quarter 2013
Fourth Quarter 2013
2014 Friends and 4 Quarter 2013 Insert

First Quarter 2014
Second Quarter 2014
Third Quarter 2014
Fourth Quarter 2014
Fourth Quarter 2015

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Index of the Rozier Library English Language Collection

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Author Title Year
34TH CONGRESS, 1ST SESSION NO TITLE PAGE 1856
34TH CONGRESS, 3RD SESSION REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS FOR THE YEAR OF 1856 1857
35TH CONGRESS, 2ND SESSION REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS FOR THE YEAR 1858 1859
A MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE HOLY CROSS THE METROPOLITAN 4TH READER 1866
A MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE HOLY CROSS THE BOOK OF ORATORY 1867
A.O. ABBOTT PRISON LIFE ON THE SOUTH AT....DURING THE YEARS 1864 AND 1865 1865
A.W.YOUNG AMERICAN STATESMAN 1857
Abbe Alfred Monnin Life of the Cure D' Ars 1870
AGNES STRICKLAND LIVES OF THE QUEENS OF ENGLAND FROM THE NORMAN CONZUEST 1846
AGNES STRICKLAND LIVES OF THE QUEENS OF ENGLAND FROM THE NORMAN CONQUEST 1849
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A List of Other Publications Awaiting Indexing

Other collections yet to be indexed include:

Please email or call the museum to make an appointment to use the Rozier Library during our regular hours of operation.

Volunteer help is always welcome!

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18th Century Books in French

18th Century Books in French

Bois le Duc in Holland from Yan Bolducs collection

Bois le Duc in Holland from Yan Bolduc's Collection

Law Books

Law Books

Rosseau

Rousseau

Rozier's Custom Made Cabinet

Rozier's Custom Made Cabinet

Statue of Ste Genevieve

Statue of Ste Genevieve

Picture taken by a cat to document Zuts' nefarious AND Irresponsible activities

Lesley won't mind me borrowing one of these old French books so I can reach the Computer!
Lesley won't mind me borrowing one of these old French books so I can reach the Computer!

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