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French Institute: Association-Canado-Américaine

Association Canado-Seal of the Association-Canado-AméricaineAméricaine Archive


Dates: 1896-2008

Extent: 17 boxes

Linear feet: 21.5 linear feet

Other Storage Formats: none

Language: English and French

Provenance: The Association Canado-Américaine [ACA] was founded in 1896, and incorporated in 1897 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Throughout this period the archives of the ACA were stored in a bank vault of St. Mary’s Bank (Banque Ste.-Marie), in Manchester, NH. The archives of the ACA were acquired by the French Institute in 2010. The collection was loosely processed in 2011 and was stored in the Founders Building Subbasement until 2019, at which time it was moved to La Maison Française.

Ownership and Literary Rights: The Association Canado-Américaine Archive is the physical property of the French Institute, Assumption University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Preferred Citation: Association Canado-Américaine Archive, French Institute, Assumption University

Restrictions on Access: The collection is available to researchers and other interested parties. Permission for use or reproduction can be obtained from the director of the French Institute, and is subject to the Institute’s user policies.

Scope & Content: The ACA Archive encompasses the life of the organization, and sheds light on many aspects of its 100+ year history. Regarding its general history, the ACA Archive consists of records about key anniversaries, directories, and videos of various events and reports. Most notably, there are records related to the 1946 unsuccessful attempt by ACA staff to unionize under the auspices of the C.I.O. Meetings of key groups including the Haute-Cour, Cour Supréme, and board of directors are extensively represented, albeit with gaps in the 1930s and 1990s. The conventions/congresses of the ACA are also well documented. The conventions’ records are not consistent, but often include meeting notes, speeches, banquet records, district activities, credential letters, correspondence, and news clippings. The 25th, 26th, 29th, and 30th conventions are not represented in this collection. The ACA Archive also contains an interesting assortment of medals, ribbons, and pin bars that were worn by convention attendees, as well as general members. Medals, ribbons, and two functioning embossers from the Institut Jacques Cartier, absorbed by the ACA c. 1967, are also included. Lastly, the Archive contains videocassettes of the television program Bonjour!, produced in Manchester, New Hampshire, and broadcast in French, 1987-1990s.

Organization: The records of the ACA are organized into four series:

Series 1. General History

Series 2.  Conventions/Congresses

Series 3.  Objects

Series 4. Bonjour!

Full Finding Aid:

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Appointments recommended.

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The Institute is located on the 3rd floor of La Maison Française.



Leslie Choquette
Director of the French Institute
Professor of History

Kate Bradley

Librarian/Archivist of the French Institute

508-767-7000 ext. 7495

Usage Policy

For reasons of preservation, French Institute collection materials do not circulate; however, non-rare materials are allowed to circulate through the d’Alzon Library or inter-library loan with the director’s permission.

It should be noted that the Institute’s collection includes a number of Franco-American newspapers from the New England region. Most consist of bound copies and nearly all have been microfilmed. To preserve the bound volumes, the Institute encourages scholars to consult the microfilm copies whenever they are available, for example, at the American Antiquarian Society or the Boston Public Library.