Franco-American Collection

Finding Aids

The Franco-American Collection is divided into several sections - some items are arranged by subject (religion, sport, politics, etc.) while others are arranged by individual or family. 

Pleaese note that the Collection's material is not cataloged at item level.  For more information about a particualr section or inquiries about a particular item, please submit a research request.

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The Subject Finding Aid gives an overview of the Collection and details the extent of the material listed under subject headings.

The Dissertations and Theses Finding Aid lists all the resarch papers within the Collection.  Several are unpublished student theses.

The Biographical Finding Aid lists those collections which represent the lives of individuals and are organized accordingly.

A number of collections have detailed finding aids of their own available.  Dates following the names represent the dates of material in these collections (not the biographical dates of the individuals concerned):

Bedard, Lucienne (1912-1995) - Pianist

Berubé, Georgette (1920-2005) - State Politician, Activist for Franco Culture

Club Richelieu Lewiston-Auburn (1958-2010) - Social/Fraternal Organization

Coté, Albert (1936-1986) - State Politican, Snowshoer

Coté, Alexis (1939-2008) - Musician

Couture, Jean-Baptiste (1926-1995) - Musician, Director, Journalist, Entrepreneur

Despins, Fernand (1900-1967) - Mayor of Lewiston, Lawyer

Dubé, O'Nues (1940-1999) - Union Activist

Finley, Anne (1952-2009) - Pianist, Singer

Gagne, Louis-Philippe (1916-1950) - Civic Leader, Mayor of Lewiston, Snowshoer, Journalist

Giguère, Eustache Napoléon (1893-1975) - Doctor

Giguère, Madeleine Dinora (1925-2004) - Sociologist, Collection Founder

Gosselin, Roland (1909-1976) - Theatrical Dircetor

Jalbert, Louis (1914-2004) - "Mr Democrat", Politican

Janelle-Paradis Family (1897-1984) - Relations of Adelard Janelle, Historian.  Includes Henry N. Paradis, Mayor of Lewiston.

Larock, Cynthia (1995-2008) - Festival de Joie Organizer

Laurendeau Family (1886-1993) - Wilfred, Eugenie Rousseau, and daughters Liane, Thérèse and Marie-Jean

Michaud, Charlotte (1897-1989) - Journalist

Paré, Lucille (1927-2007) - Dominican Prioress (Sister Marie Sylvie)

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

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