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Records of the Association-Canado-Américaine
Title: Records of the Association-Canado-Américaine (Manchester, New Hampshire)
Language: French and English
Access: Materials are available to researchers without restriction unless otherwise noted.
Source: Donation 2010
Background Note: The Association-Canado-Américaine, or ACA as it is commonly known, was founded in 1896 and incorporated in 1897 in Manchester, New Hampshire as a mutual benefit society. According to its charter, its ‘purpose is the union of Catholics of French ancestry or affinity in America and the promotion of their religious, civic, cultural, social, and economic progress.’ The ACA flourished for most of the 20th century as one of the most important Franco-American civic associations in New England and Canada.
Scope and Content: The records of the ACA consist of documents relating to congresses and conventions, minutes of board meetings, and the history and by-laws of the organization. Also included are videocassettes of the television program “Bonjour”, produced in Manchester, N.H., and broadcast in French locally in the 1980′s and 1990′s. Videocassettes and ephemera related to the association are also included.
Organization: The records of the ACA are organized into five series:
Series 1. Congresses/Conventions
Series 2. History, Chapters and By-Laws
Series 3. Board of Directors Minutes of Meetings
Series 4. Ephemera
Series 5. Videos
Hours and Contact
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
The French Institute follows the academic calendar of Assumption University. Exceptions to our regular hours may be found here.
The French Institute has relocated from its longtime home on the 3rd floor of the d'Alzon Library.
The Institute is now located on the 3rd floor in La Maison Française.
Director of the French Institute
Professor of History
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.