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French-Canadian Oral History Project interviews

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MC-106

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 27 videotaped oral history interviews of French-Canadian immigrants living in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This project was the culmination of an upper-level independent study French course taken under the supervision of Dr. Melvin B. Yoken, professor of French at UMass Dartmouth. The subjects were French-Canadian immigrants who settled in New England. Most interviews were conducted in the summer and fall of 2002 by undergraduate students Dawn Lyons and Matt Leavitt. File notes from the students indicate that four interviews were not taped, nor are included in the collection. Narrators chose whether to conduct the interview in French or English; each interview contains at least a few French phrases. Biographical forms are in a folder shelved with the boxes, and copies are in the control file. Selected interviews were digitized in 2017.


  • 1993 - 2003
  • Majority of material found in 2002

Language of Materials

Materials in English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

Narrators were contacted in 2005 in order to obtain releases. Interviews are unrestricted if a release exists (see Finding Aid, or check with Archives staff). For those that do not have releases, please contact the archivist for guidelines on access. Tapes are currently in VHS format.


1 Linear Feet (2 videocassette boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dr. Mel Yoken, 2004, acquisition #04-07.

French-Canadian Oral History Project interviews
Maura McGurk
October 2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA