Based on the registration and account records of students, this study provides a portrait of the population of a Catholic college in Montreal between 1789 and 1860. A picture of strong heterogeneity thus emerges, particularly in the orientations. A situation resembling that of the French provincial institutions from the Old Regime is thus found. In fact, the College of Montreal is seen to be home to multi-purposed education, open to a diversified clientele and capable of offering education adapted to multiple expectations and abilities. In all, the image of a boarder engaged in long study periods pursued in the shadows of the walls of austere seminaries appears to need major revision.
*La traduction du résumé est de Hélène Boutin et de Isabelle Bayha, sous la supervision de leur professeure d’anglais, Diane Pigeon.