Donation enhances Franco collection

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LEWISTON — Roger Gosselin recently donated valuable materials to the University of Southern Maine’s Franco-American Collection. Part of the donation documents his late brother Roland’s 1983 production of “Les Cloches de Corneville.” Items include audiocassettes, a videocassette, a souvenir program and a detailed scrapbook.

The donation also includes material from the St. Dominic’s High School 50th anniversary celebration, which Gosselin was instrumental in planning. Items from the event include newspaper clippings, invitations, programs, tapes, letters and transcripts.

The University of Southern Maine’s Franco-American Collection is one of the largest repositories of Franco-American archival material in Maine. The collection’s holdings cover local history, government, religion, language, education, industry, sports and the arts.

The mission of the collection is to develop and promote interest in and study of Franco-American culture and history on the part of the university community, academic community and the community at large. 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.

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The collection is located on USM’s Lewiston-Auburn campus, 51 Westminster St. Hours of operation are currently limited. More information is available online at www.usm.maine.edu/lac/franco/ or by calling 753-6545.

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