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Oral history with parish priest of Notre Dame du Bon Conseil in Easthampton. Morissette had been priest at the church for seven years after having been an administrator there for eight. Morissette grew up in Chicopee, a child of immigrant parents, speaking only French at home. Studied at Assumption College and then (1941) to seminary in Montreal. Classes at St. Georges parochial school in Chicopee were half in English, half French; regimented nature of study at Assumption, taught mostly by members of the Assumptionist community from Belgium and France. Current generation is unwilling to accept the rigors of education he received.

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1982-08-09
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Amedee Proulx, Auxiliary Bishop of Portland (Me.) Also, Raymond LaGasse, a married priest from Concord (NH). Discussion of celibacy, changing morals, the relevancy of the church. Ray Pelletier inteviews Ernest Guiliet of Holyoke (Ma.) about the area.

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1979-10-19
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A collection of French-language manuscripts, correspondence, and clippings by and about Henri d’Arles (1870–1930), the nom de plume of Father Henri Beaudé (né Beaudet) who was a writer and Catholic priest from Québec. Beaudé was initially professed with the Dominican Order in Québec but was later incardinated into the Diocese of Manchester (New Hampshire). In 1924, he became a citizen of the United States. Between 1903 and 1930 Beaudé authored over 25 books and pamphlets in addition to writings in literary and historical journals. He edited and annotated the three volume Acadie: reconstitution d’un chapitre perdu de l’histoire d’Amérique based on Édouard Richard’s manuscript which earned him the Medaille d’or from l’Académie Française in 1922. The collection includes manuscripts for many of his published books, his personal diary (Journal Intime), clippings, and various correspondence of different provenance.

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1853 to 1974
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This collection consists of manuscript and typescript materials created or collected by Father Alphie Marquis. Most of the materials pertain to either his studies for the priesthood or preparation for sermons. Included are newspaper clippings, correspondence, handwritten study and research notes, publications, typescripts of study materials, and a typescript of Marquis’ memoir, Among My Souvenirs, published in 1980. The materials in this collection are primarily in French and Latin, with some English. They have been processed and foldered in the original order in which they were received by the archives, and titles from the original containers have been transcribed to the new folders.

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1909 to 2003
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