Franco American Digital Archives/Portail franco-américain (FADA/PFA) is an online portal to Franco American archival collections. It is a creation of the Franco American Collections Consortium, a multi-university collaborative that works together to make accessible the history and culture of Franco Americans of the Northeast and beyond.
FADA/PFA addresses the need for online access to Franco-American cultural history by: locating and identifying archival materials that concern French-Canadian, Québécois(e), and Acadian diaspora communities in the US Northeast–wherever these materials have been collected around the world; bringing together information about these collections and their contents in an organized, searchable, and culturally conscientious way; and making accessible these collections and their contents by directing the public toward their digital presence and the institutions that collect and preserve them.
FADA/PFA is funded by the University of Maine System and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is a collaboration between UMaine, University of Southern Maine, University of Maine at Fort Kent, Assumption University, and Saint Anselm College: five institutions in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts that coordinate Franco American research and steward significant archival materials from the French-Canadian and Acadian diaspora in the US.
FADA/PFA began in December 2018 as the Franco American Portal Project. A beta version of the portal was made available for trial and exhibition in 2019. In April 2020, the Franco American Portal Project was awarded a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. FADA/PFA was launched to the public at the end of the grant period, in September 2021.