USM’s Franco-American Collection preserves and promotes the culture and heritage of Maine’s Franco-American population. Select your field of interest below to explore the fascinating world of Franco-Americans—today and yesterday.

Jacques Cartier Club members and club house, 1920s.
Jacques Cartier members outside their club house, 1920s.

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School girls dressed for a play, 1800s
Members of the cast of “Shepardess Drill.”

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Le Messager Staff late 1800s.
Staff of Le Messager newspaper, late 1800s.

I’m a researcher

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Snowshoes made of wood and animal sinew.
Wood and animal sinew snowshoes with modern straps.

I’m an educator

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L-A Twins Hockey caricature
L A Twins Hockey caricature, 1964-1965 season.

I’m interested in donating items

Learn how to donate your family’s heritage materials.