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“Our Life, Our Work” Western Maine Older Citizens Council/Marcella Sorg and Stefan Duplessis

Identifier: MF029

Scope and Contents

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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34 items

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Though most of the material for this collection is digital, there is one box of physical material.

Box: Supplementary material for MF029

• Letter (7-12-2015) concerning donation from Marc Silber • Photocopied list of items in MF 029 • Multiple copies of three panels from traveling photo exhibit, featuring quotations from albert Dumais, Juliette Filteau, and Genoria Pelchat • Six cassette tapes, labeled as follows: o English version master – voice only o French version master – voice only o Franco-Americans o New Part 1 French Our Life Our Work o New Part 2 French Our Life Our Work • Six green film canisters (four labeled 9723 from Color film corp. Stamford CT) • CD of film “Notre vie, Notre Travail/Our Life, Our Work.”

Existence and Location of Originals

Located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047

Materials Specific Details

Audio files are the primary source material. Transcriptions are the transcriber's best effort to convert audio to text, but should be considered secondary to the audio.

Collection Note

The project "Notre Vie, Notre Travail - Our Life, Our Work" was initiated by the Western Maine Older Citizens Council, by Diane Brown who worked there. The project was funded by the Maine Humanities Council.

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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