Records of the Association-Canado-Américaine

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Title:  Records of the Association-Canado-Américaine (Manchester, New Hampshire)

Dates: 1902-2004

Language: French and English

Access: Materials are available to researchers without restriction unless otherwise noted.

Source: Donation 2010

Background Note: The Association-Canado-Américaine, or ACA as it is commonly known, was founded in 1896 and incorporated in 1897 in Manchester, New Hampshire as a mutual benefit society. According to its charter, its ‘purpose is the union of Catholics of French ancestry or affinity in America and the promotion of their religious, civic, cultural, social, and economic progress.’ The ACA flourished for most of the 20th century as one of the most important Franco-American civic associations in New England and Canada.

Scope and Content: The records of the ACA consist of documents relating to congresses and conventions, minutes of board meetings, and the history and by-laws of the organization.  Also included are videocassettes of the television program “Bonjour”, produced in Manchester, N.H., and broadcast in French locally in the 1980′s and 1990′s. Videocassettes and ephemera related to the association are also included.

Organization: The  records of the ACA are organized into five series:

Series 1. Congresses/Conventions

Series 2.  History, Chapters and By-Laws

Series 3.  Board of Directors Minutes of Meetings

Series 4. Ephemera

Series 5. Videos