The following material was donated to the Franco-American Collection by Mrs. Monique Couturier and Robert Langlais, who recorded the original audio. The Collection is grateful to Northeast Historic Film for its assitance in digitizing the films.
Robert L Couturier (1940-2011) was a long-time civic leader in the Lewiston Franco-American community. An attorney by trade, he served as Mayor of Lewiston (at which time he was the United States' youngest mayor, aged 25), Lewiston Police Commissioner, Judge of Probate for Androscoggin County, and was elected to the Maine State Senate.
He wrote columns for local newspapers Le Messager and L'Unité Franco-Américain, and was a regular presenter on WCOU, the French-language radio station.
He was named "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the French government in 2000, and was responsible for desiging the flag officially adopted as the emblem for Franco-Americans of New England and New York. He was honored by numerous Franco-American organizations and societies for his contributions.
The audio-visual materials in the Robert Couturier collection consist of the following:
Recordings made for television broadcast on WGAN in 1965. A series of addresses by the new mayor on city politics.
An audio recording of Mayor Couturier's inauguration, 1965.
Recordings made for radio broadcast on WCOU:
- Noël en Français (1963)
- Homage à Louis-Philippe Gagné (1964)