LEWISTON — The papers and letters of the late Charlotte Michaud of Lewiston have been donated to the University of Southern Maine’s Franco-American Collection by JoAnne D. Lapointe-Johnson, former curator of Le Centre d’ Heritage. 

Michaud retired after many years of news writing, first for the Lewiston Evening Journal and subsequently for the Portland Press Herald. The first Franco-American woman to write for both newspapers, she specialized in covering events dealing with personal and general activities of Franco-Americans during most of her career.

Letters from such notable personalities as Rudy Vallee (who was performing in New York City) and Gabrielle M. Roy, a Franco-American author, attest to Michaud’s far-reaching influence and connections.

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

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

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