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Vermont Folklife Center + CDI Digitize Martha Pellerin Collection of Franco-American Song

Published: June 21, 2011 by Chris Burns

Martha Pellerin Collection of Franco-American Song

The UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives, in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center is pleased to announce the launch of the Martha Pellerin Collection of Franco-American Song.

A Collaboration

The Martha Pellerin Collection of Franco-American Song, a collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center, is an online database of French and English language songs drawn from two sources: nine song-book manuscripts collected by Martha Pellerin that date to the mid-twentieth century, and a series of six interviews conducted by Martha with Alberta Gagné of Highgate, Vermont in 1998. The original materials are from the Vermont Folklife Center's collection.

The songs that make up the collection include traditional French Canadian materials, commercial popular songs from Canada, France and the United States, family songs, personal songs, bawdy songs and religious songs. The Pellerin Collection is not a complete or inclusive document of Franco-American and French Canadian song. Rather it is a record of the performance repertoires of particular individuals of French Canadian descent, including Martha's parents Yvonne and Hervé, as well as those of Irma Labonté, Adelard Guay and Alberta Gagné.