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Meet Our Staff

Lise Pelletier
(207) 834-7536

Kathryn Donahue
Assistant Director
(207) 834-7528

Anne Chamberland
(207) 834-8631


Regular Hours


8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

and by appointment




Contact Us


(207) 834-7535




Acadian Archives/Archives Acadiennes
University of Maine at Fort Kent
23 University Drive
Fort Kent, ME 04743


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University of Maine at Fort Kent

The Acadian Archives documents, preserves, celebrates, and disseminates information about the Upper St. John Valley, a 70-mile stretch of the St. John River running between the U.S. and Canada.

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Research the Collection

Manuscript Collection Catalog (Archon)

Search finding aids for all processed collections. 

Library and Archives Catalog (URSUS)

Search reference publications and archival holdings.

Image Search (Maine Memory Network)

Use the Maine Memory Network site to search or browse a selection of images from our collections.

About the Archives

Mission of the Archives

The Acadian Archives/Archives Acadiennes at the University of Maine at Fort Kent documents, preserves, celebrates, and disseminates information about the culture, way of life, and history of the Franco-American and Acadian people of the Upper St John river Valley. A repository for manuscript materials and audio-visual documentation relevant to regional folklore, folklife, and history, the Archives serves the University community as well as individuals and organizations regionally, statewide, nationally, and internationally.

What We Collect, and Why

Access and Services

The Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes facilities include a reading room, reference and genealogy library, subject files, manuscript collections (by request), searchable online cataloges, audio/video viewing equipment, microfilm readers, printing, photocopying, and scanning services.

On-site reference assistance is available for our archival collections and for regional history, genealogy, folklore and folklife; outreach presentations and workshops. Inquiries by telephone, mail, and e-mail are welcome.

Guidelines for Using the Archives

Donating to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes

Donations to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes are always welcome but will only be added if they support the department's mission statement. Staff reserves the right to determine if donated materials fit the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes mission statement. If not, the materials may be added to the University of Fort Kent's Blake Library collection, returned to the donor (if requested upon donation), or discarded at the discretion of the staff. The staff will also consider the condition of the materials and determine if the archives has the capacity to preserve and maintain them.

Donation Form

History of the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes

The Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes was established at the University of Maine at Fort Kent in 1989 through a general funding appropriation by the 114th Maine State Legislature during its first regular session of 1989. It is a repository and resource center, offering on-site consultation regarding archival collections and information about regional folklore, history, and folklife.


Current Exhibit


Recent Additions

Jim Rowe video collection
Call Number: MCC-00405
This collection consists of 2 DVDs. One is a July 1988 DVD showing interviews with Charley Henderson, Jim Connors, and many other people from Allagash and St. Francis, Maine, not identified. Mr. Rowe travels on the Allagash River, showing Michaud Farm’s landing, Cunliffe Pond, the town of St. Francis and Eagle Lake, Maine.

The second DVD is from 1989 and places toured are: John Connors’ house turned museum in Connors, New Brunswick; going up the St. Francis River by canoe; looking down Glazier Lake; Connors’ Cove; McPherson’s farm; Fall Brook falls; a pig farm in Connors, N.B.


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