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

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $10,477 Common Heritage Grant to the Franco-American Collection, located at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College. The focus of the grant will be a one-day digitization event targeted at preserving cultural heritage materials related to military experiences - at war and on the home front - of members of Maine's Franco-American population, the state's largest ethnic group. The grant will also support a speaker series addressing the history of Franco-American military service. The theme of military service will help the public explore questions of identity and loyalty, which attended Maine's Franco-American population from its early days.
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.
May 17, 2016
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 170, USM's Lewiston-Auburn College, 151 Westminster St., Lewiston
May 20, 2016
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Lewiston campus, Room 170

Explore the Collection!

During Tuesday evenings when the Collection is open (from 5pm - 7:30pm), join Coordinator Janet Roberts as she looks at the materials that make up the archival collection.  Who knows what you will learn?  You might see pieces of your own past!

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

Researchers working at the Franco-American 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. 

Under "Gift Details," click on "Gifts to specific...".  In the pop-up box, click the first box "Other..." then "Continue." That will take you back to the main form but now you will be able to write in "Franco-American Collection" to direct your donation correctly.

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