The University of Southern Maine’s Franco-American collection is one of the largest repositories of Franco-American archival material in the State of Maine. The Collection’s holdings cover local history, government, religion, language, education, industry, sports and the arts. 

The mission of the University of Southern Maine’s Franco-American Collection is to preserve and promote the culture and heritage of Maine’s Franco-American population.

The Collection focuses on Lewiston-Auburn and other areas of Maine, with additional regional materials providing a link to the wider contexts of French North America.

You may want to begin by exploring the Collection.  Or learn more about the Collection and Maine's Franco-Americans below:

News & Events

Janet Roberts is the new Coordinator for the Franco-American Collection at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College.
Listen to the interview online, as well as interviews with the US organizers of the World Acadian Congress and mezzo soprano Mélanie Saucier of Fort Kent.
The Collection's catalog is online! It is now possible to search the Collection at the item level for the first time. Visitors to the site, powered by the Past Perfect museum software, can choose to browse items in the Collection, bring up random records, or research the Collection's holdings through powerful search tools. Over 1500 records were added to the catalog for its initial launch, and more are being added on a regular basis. This is just a fraction of the many thousands of items in the Collection, but it allows researchers to access the Collection's holdings in unprecedented detail.
October 16, 2015
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Lewiston campus, Room 170
November 20, 2015
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Lewiston campus, Room 170
December 14, 2015
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Marcotte Home/ D'Youville Pavillion Chapel, 100 Campus Ave., Lewiston
January 15, 2016
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Lewiston campus, Room 170
February 19, 2016
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Lewiston campus, Room 170

"Franco-American Treasures" Exhibit to remain open

The popular exhibit, "Franco-American Treasures," will not be closing on October 11, but will remain on display.  The exact closing date has not yet been announced, but the exhibit is likely to be up through November, and possibly into early December.  If you haven't seen it yet, come visit the Atrium Art Gallery at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College.  If you have seen it, visit it again -- there's a lot to look at!

Digital Commons

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The Franco-American Collection is participating in USM's Digital Commons initiative.  Read digitized items from the Collection online, for free.

Franco-American Collection will be closed on Columbus Day

The Collection will be closed on Monday, October 12, for Columbus Day.  It will re-open at 9am on Tuesday, October 13.

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