Looking at the Dionne Quintuplets in a Classroom Setting

Readings on the Quintuplets’ Story

In the local area, no media story has ever been bigger or person more famous than the Dionne quintuplets, Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Emilie, and Marie Dionne, who captured the hearts of millions across the world in the 1930s. They were born in May 1934 and by 1935 they had become a tourist destination, living in a complex known as Quintland. Although many people benefitted financially from the rise in tourism to the area, the story of their lives did not have a happy ending. For those interested in reading more, see the attached list of suggested readings.   Dionne_quintuplet_readings

Student Projects

Student Papers

Student Papers

In 2009-10, a fourth year seminar at Nipissing University explored the subject of the Dionne Quintuplets and Quintland from a historical perspective. Because of the nature of the sources available, the research papers produced for this course focused on media representations of the Dionne Quintuplets and those around them such as Dr Dafoe. Some of these papers have been edited, with permission,  and brought togehter in book form. Student Papers on the Dionne Quintuplets. 

Bibilography of Dionne quintuplet books and articles

A bibliogrpahy of books and articles related to the Dionne Quintuplets can be found in the attached document. It does not include newspaper articles, as that would be too huge a project.  Quint_Bibliography

The Dionne Quint Museum

image of the Dionne Quint museum

The birth home of the Dionne quintuplets is now a museum.

Amy Bennett of the Dionne Quint museum was very supportive of this project and made  research material from the museuam available to the students. They have many artifacts relating to the Dionne quintuplets including magazines and published material and a large scrapbook collection. They also have copies of most of the Fred Davis images.  Fred Davis was the official photographer of the Dionne quintuplets for the NEA in their early years.