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

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.
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The Semaine de la Francophonie ("Week of the Francophone Community") is an annual celebration of French-speaking cultures around the world. March 20th is the international day of the Francophonie.
January 16, 2015
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Lewiston campus, Room 170
February 20, 2015
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Lewiston campus, Room 170
March 20, 2015
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Lewiston campus, Room 170
April 17, 2015
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Lewiston campus, Room 170
May 15, 2015
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Lewiston campus, Room 170

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.

Giving to the Collection

The operation of the Franco-American Collection, its educational programs and the preservation of its materials are dependent on your generosity. 

Find out more about giving to the Collection through the University of Southern Maine. 

Please select "specific College/school funds", followed by "other", and specifiy "Franco-American Collection" to direct your donation correctly.

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