Franco-American Collection

Student Experience in the Franco-American Collection

Sam the Intern

Sam Stuart, a recent graduate of Kent State University’s Masters of Library and Information Science program, worked with us as our intern this summer. Sam has recently accepted a job at the Waynflete School library. Here’s what he had to say about his work at the Collection:

 “Working in the Franco-American Collection has been such an eye-opening experience. As a new resident of both Maine and Lewiston, I have learned so much about the history of the area. Now, whenever I walk around town, I recognize places and landmarks and know the storied history behind them. I have been working on a number of projects including creating finding aids for collection materials, examining old French-language newspapers to determine if they are in the public domain, and creating metadata for the collection’s Digital Commons online repository.

Another interesting project that I have been working on has included finding grave markers in the St. Peter’s Cemetery and adding photographs and obituary information to the Find-A-Grave website https://www.findagrave.com/. One individual that I found was Ida Roy, who was a welder at Bath Iron Works during World War II, and later retired from potato farming in Upper Frenchville to live in Lewiston in 1982. I was able to locate the grave marker, obituary, and even a website dedicated to the Roy and Boucher family history. This project will hopefully help people more easily locate genealogical information and connect to their family histories.”