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French Institute: Worcester Parish Archives

Collection- Worcester Parish Archives

Worcester Parish Archives


(Collection in process)

This collection documents the three former parishes of Worcester, Massachusetts: St. Josephs, Notre Dame des Canadiens, and Holy Name. The bulk of the collection includes records from Notre Dame, as it was once the largest of the three parishes. The collection includes scrapbooks, ledgers, records, ephemera and photographs. 

Provenance Notes

Father Steven LaBaire, then Pastor of Holy Family Parish at St. Josephs, donated the archives in 2018 with the bishop’s approval. The records were created and kept by the three original Worcester parishes: St. Josephs, Notre Dame des Canadiens (which was the largest for many years), and Holy Name. Eventually all three parishes were combined into one- Holy Family Parish, which is how they came under Father LaBaire’s purview.

Images from the Collection

Certificat d'Admission, Association Universelle de la Ste. Famille

Certificat d'Admission, Association Universelle de la Ste. Famille, 1893

This is a Certificat d'Admission for the Association Universelle de la Ste. Famille. It was made out to Mr. Germain Leblanc and his family at Notre Dame in Worcester, Massachusetts, on March 5, 1893. 

Rules of the Société de la Sainte Famille

Règlement de la Société de la Sainte Famille

Règlement de la Société de la Sainte Famille, érigée dans l'église des Canadiens à Worcester, Mass. This rules booklet was published in Montréal by the the Institution de Sourds-Muets, in 1918.

Hours and Contact

8:30 am 4:30 pm

Appointments recommended.

The French Institute follows the academic calendar of Assumption University. Exceptions to our regular hours may be found here.



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



Leslie Choquette
Director of the French Institute
Professor of History

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.