Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Emilie St. Cyr Songbook, 1813

Finding aid created by
Erin Platte, June 2011, and Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Emilie St. Cyr songbook
Creator: St. Cyr, Emilie, 1806-1883
Inclusive dates: 1813
Extent: 1 volume
The Emilie St. Cyr Songbook is a collection of hymns and prayers taken from Cantiques des Missions Composés by St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort.
Language: The material is in French
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1984. M-2150.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

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Preferred Citation:

Emilie St. Cyr Songbook, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Emilie St. Cyr was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in August 1806. St. Cyr joined the convent of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1821, and eventually became Lady Superior at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Missouri. St. Cyr died on September 26, 1883.

St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716), an ordained priest, worked as a religious missionary throughout France in the early years of the 18th century. His Cantiques des Missions…, a collection of his hymns, was published in 1779.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Emilie St. Cyr songbook, entitled "Cantiques Spirituels," is a single manuscript volume that records the text of several French hymns, taken from Cantiques des Missions... and originally composed by Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort. The songbook, copied in a neat hand, seldom diverges from the original, and was created at Saint Ferdinand in Florissant, Missouri, later home to a convent of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Most discrepancies between this copy and the original are spelling differences; one notable exception is the songbook's version of "Pour L'ouverture de la Mission," which is significantly abbreviated. An inscription shows that the book belonged to St. Louis native Emilie St. Cyr, who added four short poems of her own "pour la fete de st Louis gonsague" in the book's first pages. The songbook also contains an index.

Subject Terms

    • Hymns, French.
    • Grignion de Montfort, Louis-Marie, Saint, 1673-1716.
    Genre Terms:
    • Hymns.
    • Songbooks.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Emilie St. Cyr songbook,  1813 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data

    Curtis, Sarah A. Civilizing Habits: Women Missionaries and the Revival of French Empire. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.