Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Period of Performance

6/1/2020 - 10/31/2021

Funding Totals

$59,994.00 (approved)
$59,994.00 (awarded)

Franco American Portal Project: Building an Open Access Discovery Tool for Franco American Collections

FAIN: PW-269238-20

University of Maine, Orono (Orono, ME 04473-1513)
Jacob Albert (Project Director: July 2019 to October 2022)

A multi-institutional planning project to develop an online portal for access to archival sources on Franco American history and culture.  The project team would also plan for digitizing Franco American sources at partner institutions and would explore linking other library and archival collections to the portal.

The Franco American Portal Project is a five-university collaboration to build a primary source discovery tool for Franco American collections. Sponsored by the University of Maine and in collaboration with the University of Southern Maine, University of Maine at Fort Kent, Assumption College, and St. Anselm College, this project seeks to create a single, bilingual, culturally conscientious, searchable portal to archival materials concerning the French Canadian diaspora in the United States. Funds will be used to create a portal that links to the five partners' in-scope archival collections; foster teamwork and partner collaboration; support outreach to solicit in-scope materials from other institutions in the United States and Canada; and develop a digitization plan for growing content for the portal.

Media Coverage

NEH funds development of first-ever online, bilingual portal to several Franco American archives (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Marcus Wolf
Publication: UMaine News
Date: 4/21/2020

First-ever online, bilingual portal to Franco American archives launches this spring (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Marcus Wolf
Publication: UMaine News
Date: 3/12/2021
Abstract: Press release of Spring 2021 project launch, Franco American Digital Archives/Portail franco-américain