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.
December 8, 2015
4:00 PM
Room 170, USM's Lewiston-Auburn College, 151 Westminster St., Lewiston
December 14, 2015
2:30 PM to 3:30 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
March 18, 2016
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Lewiston campus, Room 170

Late Fall Book Events Announced

The Franco-American Collection will be hosting two book events in the upcoming weeks.  Both will take place at 4:00 pm in Room 170 of USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College.

On Tuesday, November 17, co-authors James Myall and Mary Rice-DeFosse will be discussing The Franco-Americans of Lewiston-Auburn.  Even if you have been to one of the previous readings, this is a wonderful chance to pick up copies of the book to give as holiday gifts!  More...

The second book event, on December 8, will be a staged reading of a portion of the play Jeanne et Osithée: Parallèles Croisées.  Depicting an imaginary encounter between two French-speaking women, one from France and the other from Maine, this program requires some knowledge of French, but fluency is not required.  The authors, Jean-Claude Redonnet and Grégoire Chabot, will be present. More....

Both programs are free to attend, although donations are welcome.  Light refreshments will be served, and signed copies of the books will be available for sale (cash and checks only, please).  USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College is located at 51 Westminster Street in Lewiston.  For more information call Janet Roberts at 207-753-6545 or email

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 Thursday and Friday (Nov. 26-27) .

The Collection will be closed on Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving) and on Friday, November 27.  It will re-open at 9am on Monday, November 30.

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