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Father Henri Carrier, interviewed by Raymond Pelletier and Mark Silber


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

This project involved a series of bilingual interviews utilizing family albums to stimulate discussion about Franco-American culture, particularly as it pertained to work. That is, it concerned the following: how work reflected cultural values; work ethic; work/occupation patterns; how work was integrated with family life (or interfered with it); the history of work patterns in the Lewiston area, and about Franco-American culture and family life in general. We interviewed elderly persons identified by the Western Maine Older Citizens Council. The interviewers included Raymond Pelletier (professor of French at UM), Marcella Sorg, Mark Silber, and Steffan Duplessis. The products of these interviews included: (1) a filmstrip with bilingual audio tape using reproduced family photos which illustrated themes from the ethnography and excerpts from the tape-recorded interviews; and (2) a bilingual traveling photo exhibit using selected family photos and captioned with quotes (with translations).


  • 1977-1982


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From the Collection: 34 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


1697 Father Henri Carrier, interviewed by Raymond Pelletier and Mark Silber, March 19, 1981, Lewiston, Maine. Carrier talks about his decision to become a priest in the 1930s; requirements for the priesthood; differences in parishes throughout Maine; changes in the priest’s role with the development of parish councils; Church involvement in political and social issues; motivations for people to stay in “Little Canada”; strengthening the family; and the declining use of French. Partially in French. Text: 32 pp. transcript (French section handwritten), missing 2 pp. Recording: T 1818 1-1/4 hours.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States