Franco-American Collection

Purchase Franco Items

To purchase any of the following items, please contact the USM Bookstore at 207-753-6520 or  A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Collection.


Collection Publications:

Franco-American Musical Traditions - $3.95

By Susann Pelletier, James Bau Graves and Madeline Giguere

Published by the University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College

This exhibition catalog accompanied two concurrent exhibits by the Collection : Keepers of the Song: The Franco-American Family Songbook Tradition and Franco-American Music Traditions.  Both exhibitions contained a rich assortment of archival photographs and memorabilia gathered from the Collection and other sources.  The three essays in this catalog are desigened to enhance out understanding of Franco-American musical culture.


Voyages: A Maine Franco-American Reader - $30.00

Voyages cover

Edited by Nelson Madore and Barry Rodrigue

Published by Tilbury House with the Franco-American Collection, USM Lewiston-Auburn College

Paperback, $30.00, ISBN 978-0-88448-294-9

7 x 10, 656 pages, photographs/illustrations

Franco-American History / Literature

". . . a rich, lively, cross-grained treasure of a book that everyone interested in the history of our region should explore. Almost 70 writers were enlisted in this effort, which proves a good thing in this instance. The authors do not come to the same conclusions, with some frequency, and this, from the cultural historian's vantage, is an extremely healthy sign. . . . History is an amazing and tricky thing, and Voyages takes us further than we have gone before."
—William David Barry, Maine Sunday Telegram

Dozens of voices celebrate—in essays, stories, plays, poetry, songs, and art—the Franco-American and Acadian experience in Maine. They explore subjects as diverse as Quebec-Maine frontier history, immigrant drama, work, genealogy, discrimination, women, community affairs, religion, archeology, politics, literature, language, and humor. The voices, themselves, are equally diverse, including Norman Beaupré, Michael Michaud, Ross and Judy Paradis, Susann Pelletier, John Martin, Béatrice Craig, Michael Parent, Linda Pervier, Alaric Faulkner, Ray Levasseur, Yves Frenette, Paul Paré, Yvon Labbé, Rev. Clement Thibodeau, Bob Chenard, Denis Ledoux, Josée Vachon, Greg Chabot, Jean-Paul Poulain, Stewart Doty, Rhea Côté Robbins, and many others. This is a rich resource and an engaging read, one that will resonate with many.


Gift Cards:

Individual - $0.75

Box of 8 (Musical Traditions) - $4.00 

Box of 8 (Winter) - $4.00 

3rd-Party Books:

Canuk and Other Stories - $21.95

Edited by Rhea Cote Robbins

Published by Rheta Press (2006)

Canuck, by Camille Lessard Bissonnette, (1883-1970), translated by Sylvie Charron and Sue Huseman, is a novel which reflects the French Canadian immigration experience from a young woman's point of view. The protagonist, Vic, is a very modern young woman who sets out to accomplish many things in her new country, the U.S.


La Jeune Franco-Americaine - $9.95

By Alberte Gastonguay

La Jeune Franco-Americaine, (The Young Franco-American) is a French novel, which studies the life of a young woman who is seeking her way in the world. She meets many suitors and comes to the conclusion of a satisfactory ending in the ways of traditional culture.


La Souillone - $12.95

By Normand Beaupre

Published by Lumina Press (2006)

La Souillonne is a French dramatic monologue by an elderly woman who lives with a male friend, "just for companionship," she says, and who pours out her heart as to her life experiences. A former mill worker, she knows what hard work is like and also what transpired in those mills. She talks about the traumatic loss of the only man she ever loved and the sad results of a love affair of one of her friends. All in all, this woman has had a very hard life. Scorned by her pastor and the entire neighborhood, she has managed to put together a whole litany of her views on the things she knows best.


La Souillone: Deuse - $14.95 

By Normand Beaupre

Published by Lumina Press (2008)

The dramatic monologue, La Souillonne, was such a tremendous success for its author, Norman Beaupré, that it prompted a friend of his to say, "There must be a follow-up to this." The author replied that he had not thought about it and that he did not think he had enough material in his creative imagination to write a sequel. However, after seeing the performance of the play twice at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston and seeing it again in Lamèque, New Brunswick this past summer performed to a sell-out crowd, he began to sift ideas in his mind especially once he heard sea stories by the performer, Marie Cormier's brother, Angelbert Paulin who had caught fish and crabs out in the open seas for some forty years. Beaupré now had at his disposition some materials about Acadians and the sea. He then set out to line up other topics such as, the snoops [les écornifleuses], the famished and the tell-it-alls [les défoncés et les paniers parcés], WWII and the ration [la ration et la guerre], the melting pot, the shoe shops, odd people [les gens de travers], old habits [les accoutumances] and our way of speaking [le parlement de not'e monde].


Le Petit Mageur de Fleurs - $14.95 

By Normand Beaupre

Publushed by Les Editions JCL

Le Petit Mangeur de Fleurs (The Little Flower Eater) is the story of a boy growing up and observing people and things around him, which he later remembers, in the words of English poet William Wordsworth, as "recollections gathered in tranquility." Beaupré tells the story of his family and neighbors and uses the language of the common, and at times illiterate, people that he knew.

Little Pine to King Spruce: A Franco-American Childhood - $18.95

By Fran Pelletier

Published by Tilbury House

Fran Pelletier is a rare and wonderful storyteller. He grew up in Milford, Maine, in the 1930s, confessed to all seven sins at his first confession (thinking you had to), proudly wore a "Lindbergh" suit Mama sewed from puce and orange wool (assuring him that aviators needed to be colorful), read aloud to his French-speaking grandfather at the local train station after school, learned about chewing tobacco the hard way, played an unfortunate role in the derailment and subsequent sinking of a Maine Central handcar, and generally thrived in the bosom of his extended Franco-American family. Dogs, trout, and pigs put in appearances; a spectacular mill fire lights the skies; death claims young friends; and Fran learns about life.