A. J. Michaud Song Collection, Manuscripts - Finding Aid

    Item Description
    Existence and Location of Originals
    Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes, University of Maine at Fort Kent, Fort Kent, Maine
    Description

    This finding aid provides information about the "A. J. Michaud Song Collection, Manuscripts," a collection of song text transcriptions collected from Upper Saint John Valley River residents, Amaranthe J. Michaud, during 1969 and 1970. A Long time researcher of St. John Valley history, Michaud was formerly president of the Madawaska Historical Society. This collection consists of 477 pages of French-language song texts collected in the Upper Saint John Valley during 1969 and 1970 by A. J. Michaud. The texts appear to have been transcribed either from Mr. Michaud’s field recordings or from handwritten "scribblers" borrowed from local residents. Many pages are duplicates (carbons). The songs represent a wide range of repertory, including pre-eighteenth century French Traditional songs, French and French-Canadian nineteenth century and early twentieth century patriotic, comic, and sentimental songs, as well as local compositions.

    Author/Creator
    Creator (cre): Michaud, Amaranthe J.
    Date(s)
    1969 to 1970
    Source Language
    Extent
    477 pages
    Biographical and Administrative History

    Amaranthe J. Michaud was born in Van Buren, Maine, 8 November 1908, the son of Timothy and Nalvina (St. Jean) Michaud. He attended Sacred Heart School in Van Buren, St. Mary’s College in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, the University of Detroit in Detroit, Michigan, and the University of Grenoble in France. As a young man, A. J. Michaud taught and served as principal at the Lincoln School in Grand Isle. On 28 May 1937, he married Antoinette Vermette of Grand Isle and they raised five sons. From 1946 to 1972, he was proprietor of A. J. Michaud Co. Farm Machinery of Grand Isle, Maine. He was a member of the Fourth Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus and of the St. John Valley Council of Madawaska. He was a member of the Rotary Club and was an advisor of the Madawaska branch of the Aroostook Trust Company. Keenly interested in the history and culture of the St. John Valley, A. J. Michaud cofounded and was president of the Madawaska Historical Society in its early years. Between 1969 and 1974, he wrote over 130 short essays on various local topics for the St. John Valley Times, a portion of which were published in 1972 as An Acadian Heritage from the Saint John River Valley. A. J. Michaud died in Presque Isle following a short illness on 4 May 1974 at the age of 65.

    This collection was prepared by A. J. Michaud. After Michaud’s death in 1974, the collection was transferred by his widow to Roger Paradis, Professor of History at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, "to be archived at U.M.F.K., if possible or at Moncton if necessary." This collection, was brought to the Acadian Archives by Professor Paradis in March 1991. A note from Professor Paradis suggests that this collection may represent part of a larger corpus.

    Arrangement

    The materials arrived in two 3-ring binders and four 3-prong binders. Archives staff removed and re-housed the materials in archival file folders. Original order within each file folder has been maintained. One of the binders contained too much material to be appropriately stored in a single file folder; these materials were separated into two file folders (folders 2 and 3).

    Notes

    This collection consists of 477 pages of French-language song texts collected in the Upper Saint John Valley during 1969 and 1970 by A. J. Michaud. The texts appear to have been transcribed either from Mr. Michaud’s field recordings or from handwritten "scribblers" borrowed from local residents. Many pages are duplicates (carbons). The songs represent a wide range of repertory, including pre-eighteenth century French Traditional songs, French and French-Canadian nineteenth century and early twentieth century patriotic, comic, and sentimental songs, as well as local compositions.

    Materials Specific Details
    Songs are transcribed from field work. It is unknown if they are transcriptions of recordings or written notes. They are handwritten and in French with some translation into English.
    Conditions Governing Access
    There are not restrictions on access to this collection.
    Identifier at Contributing Institution
    MCC-00002
    Islandora Resource Type