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

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.
The Collection's catalog is online! It is now possible to search the Collection at the item level for the first time. Visitors to the site, powered by the Past Perfect museum software, can choose to browse items in the Collection, bring up random records, or research the Collection's holdings through powerful search tools. Over 1500 records were added to the catalog for its initial launch, and more are being added on a regular basis. This is just a fraction of the many thousands of items in the Collection, but it allows researchers to access the Collection's holdings in unprecedented detail.

October 1 Celebration!

We hope everyone will join us on Thursday, October 1, from 4:30 to 6:00, to welcome the new Franco-American Collection Coordinator, Janet Roberts and the new USM President, Glenn Cummings, and to see the "Franco-American Treasures" exhibit before it closes on October 10. 

There will be time to view the exhibit and tour the Franco-American Collection before and after brief remarks at 5:00.  Refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing friends old and new!

An RSVP would be appreciated, but is not required: email or call 753-6545.

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.

Fall Open Hours

The Collection is generally open Monday-Thursday, from 9am - 4pm, although it will sometimes be closed to accommodate the Coordinator's schedule.  Call (753-6545) or e-mail ( before visiting if you wish to confirm that it will be open.

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