During the French and Indian War, the British government began expelling French Acadians from modern-day Canada from their homeland of Acadia. As a result, many Acadians fled to Maine while others continued on to New Orleans.
This page serves as a resource guide for Franco-American Studies and was created by Franco-American specialists in Maine in partnership with the Maine Department of Education. The guide's purpose is to assist K-12 teachers and students in locating available Franco-American resources about Maine and New England. This is not a complete list of resources. Recommendations for additional resources are welcomed and should be directed to Susan Pinette, director of Franco-American Studies, University of Maine.
Franco-American communities exist in nearly every county in Maine. Tteachers interested in engaging local communities can contact the Franco-American Centre at the University of Maine for an updated list of contacts who may be interested in exploring possible collaborations. Contact Yvon Labbé for a list of contacts in your area.
- Acadian Archives/Archives Acadiennes. Acadian Archives at the University of Maine at Fort Kent is a repository for materials relevant to Acadian and Franco-American history and culture.
- Franco-American Library/Bibliothèque Franco-Américaine. Franco-American Library is a project of the Franco-American Centre at the University of Maine and includes an annotated subject bibliography, location-specific resources and additional web links.
- University of Southern Maine’s Franco-American Collection. The University of Southern Maine’s Franco-American 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.