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French Institute: Philippe-Armand Lajoie Collection

Philippe-Armand Lajoie Collection

Philippe-Armand Lajoie Collection

Extent: 4 flat boxes

Linear feet: 5.5 linear feet

Language: French and English. The bulk of this collection is in French.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition: This collection was created by Philippe-Armand Lajoie. At an unknown date, Lajoie donated the collection to Armand Chartier of New Bedford, MA. Chartier donated the collection to the French Institute in 2022. The 2022 donation occurred alongside Chartier’s work on Franco-American topics, as well as a few other historic collections that he had previously acquired, including the Rev. Thomas M. Landry Collection.

Ownership and Literary Rights: The Philippe-Armand Lajoie Collection is the physical property of the French Institute, Assumption University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Cite As: Philippe-Armand Lajoie Collection, 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: 

This collection consists of eleven scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, c. 1927-1950. The clippings are mainly from Franco-American newspapers, specifically Le Messager, published in New Bedford, MA, and L’indépendant, of Fall River, MA. The scrapbooks particularly highlight the “Ça et là” column. Two of the scrapbooks were created by known individuals, Cécile F. Limacher and Wilfrid R. Fecteau.

Most of the newspaper clippings are in French, but there are English-language clippings also. The clippings pertain mostly to Franco-American life around New Bedford, MA, but there are regional articles (Woonsocket, RI), as well as national and international news.

Biographical Note: See Finding Aid

Series Outline: There are no series as the collection is small.


Full Finding Aid:

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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.