Former Canadian national archivist Jean-Pierre Wallot dies at 75

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As national archivist during the advent of the Internet age, Jean-Pierre Wallot acted as conservator of Canada's collective memory -- from Karsh's photographs to La famille Plouffe, a Quebec TV drama in the 1950s.

Wallot, who ran the National Archives of Canada for 12 years beginning in 1985, died of cancer Aug. 30 at the General campus of The Ottawa Hospital. He was 75.

The archives, now called Library and Archives Canada (LAC), were spread over 14 buildings throughout the Ottawa area when Wallot took on the job....
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