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Bonjour!: The Franco-American Television Program.

Material Description

This project will create high-quality digital surrogates, transcriptions, translations, and a finding aid for 398 episodes of Bonjour!, a French language public access television program created by the United Cable Company of Manchester, NH and the Association Canado-Américaine (“ACA”). The latter was a fraternal organization serving members in New England, Louisiana, and Eastern Canada that sought to support the French-speaking diaspora in the US. As such, it reveals the connections between Quebec and Franco Americans that continued to exist one hundred years after their migration to the US. Bonjour! was broadcast across parts of the US and Canada in the late 1980s–1990s. Each 30-minute magazine format episode includes studio interviews, segments recorded on location, and music related to the Franco American experience. Interviews include a variety of Franco-American (Americans with French-Canadian heritage) immigrants and their descendants and prominent Franco-Americans in government, arts, education, and religious sectors from NH, ME, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, TX, LA, and the Canadian provinces of Québec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. The collection of episodes is distributed amongst three institutions with Franco-American collections: Saint Anselm College, Assumption College, and UMaine. Bonjour! was the only French language program made in the US by Franco Americans for Franco Americans, who continue to be one of the largest French-speaking communities in the US. The collections of videotapes were produced and collected by the ACA. These videotapes and a number of Franco-American collections were transferred to Saint Anselm College in 2010.

Year Added:

2017

Institution

Saint Anselm College

Contact(s)

Mr. Keith Chevalier
Saint Anselm College

Dr. Susan Pinette
University of Maine

Dr. Leslie Choquette
Assumption College

Collaborating Institution(s)

University of Maine; Assumption College

Date Range

1987 - 1999

Geographic Scope

Episodes were primarily recorded in Manchester, NH, and were distributed free of charge wherever the ACA had branch offices and in places with significant populations of French speakers including all five New England states, New York, Louisiana, Texas, and the Canadian provinces of Québec, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

Materials

  • 199 Audiovisual Recordings