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Don Levesque oral histories Edit

Summary

Identifier
MCC-00050

Dates

  • 1974 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 1991-03 (Other)

Extents

  • 0.20 Cubic Feet (Whole)
    2 audio cassettes, 2 folders

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  • Biographical Information

    Don Levesque was born in 1947 in Grand Isle, Maine, the son of Gilbert Levesque and Lauraine Ouellette, He attended high school in Van Buren. From 1967 to 1969, he served in the military where his tour of duty took him to Vietnam. In 1974, he completed a degree in Social Sciences Field. Following graduation, he taught English as a second language at a community college in Edmundston, N.B. for two years. He subsequently served for a year as a regional director for a provincial bilingual program for hospital workers in northwestern New Brunswick. From 1979 to 1985, he worked in advertising as well as other capacities at La Cataracte, a bilingual newspaper in Grand Falls, New Brunswick.

    In 1985, Don Levesque began working for the St. John Valley Times, a regional weekly newspaper headquartered in Madawaska, Maine. After serving as a sales representative, he moved to the news room in 1988 where he served as a reporter and managing editor. Since 1996 he has served as the newspaper’s publisher.

    George Theriault was born circa 1888. He lived in Sainte-Anne, New Brunswick.

    No biographical information for Mrs. Fred Doucet is available.

    Ora Poitras Bérubé was born circa 1893. She married Maurice Bérubé and resided in Saint-Andre, New Brunswick.
  • Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of French-language audio oral history interviews conducted by Don Levesque with George Theriault of Sainte-Anne, New Brunswick,  Mrs. Fred Doucet, and Ora Poitras Bérubé (wife of Maurice Bérubé) of Saint-Andre, New Brunswick, in May 1974, plus additional hand-written notes on the conversations and a partial transcription of one of the interviews. This collection was created as classwork for course at the University of Maine at Fort Kent during the Spring 1974 semester. Subject matter includes fiddling, life in local lumber camps, songs, legends, farming practices, traditional medicine, childbirth practices, and family history.

    Series I: Audio Recording: No tape log was provided for this collection at the time of its donation, label information on the original recording is incomplete, and the transcription included with this collection only covers a fragment of the audio interviews. As a result, it has not been possible to provide complete identification of interviewers and interviewees. The following partial identifications of interviewers and interviewees are based on audition of the tapes by Archives staff in conjunction with consultation of the manuscript notes.
    Sides A and B: Interview with George Theriault of Sainte-Anne, New Brunswick, conducted by Don Levesque. According to Don Levesque’s manuscript notes, Mr. Theriault was 86 years old at the time of the interview. Subject matter includes fiddling, life in local lumber camps, songs, legends, and farming practices.
    Side A: Interview with George Theriault, conducted by Don Levesque, continued from UA-050 (1/2). Subject matter includes traditional medicine and farming practices. Interview with Mrs.Fred Doucet [place of residence not identified]. During the interview Mrs. Doucet identifies herself as being 96 year old. This interview appears to have been conducted in part by Don Levesque and in part by one or more unidentified female interviewers. Subject matter includes childbirth practices. Interview with unidentified female interviewee [?]. There appears to be another unidentified female interviewee who takes over from Mrs. Doucet. The interview appears to have been conducted by Don Levesque and one or more unidentified female interviewers. Subject matter includes gardening, sewing and personal history. Interview with Mrs. Maurice Bérubé (née Ora Poitras) of Saint-André, New Brunswick, conducted by Don Levesque. According to the partial manuscript transcription of this interview, Mrs. Bérubé was 81 years old at the time of the interview. Subject matter includes traditional medicine, personal history, and family history. Mrs. Bérubé is apparently seated out of optimal microphone range and speaks so softly that much of this interview is barely audible.
    Side B: Conclusion of interview with Mrs. Maurice Bérubé. (Please see above.)

    Series II: Papers: This set of papers contains information gathered by Don Levesque from George Theriault, who is interviewed on UA-0-50 (1/2) and side A of UA-050 (2/2). A comment in the margin of this document suggests that the notes were made at the time of the audio interview, but not recorded on tape. The notes focus on practices related to lumber camp life and the river drive.

    This is a set of papers present a transcription of part of the recorded oral history interview conducted by Don Levesque with Mrs. Maurice Bérubé (née Ora Poitras) of Saint-André, New Brunswick; a note added at the top of the first page suggests that the transcription may be an excerpt of side B of UA-050 (2/2). The transcriber’s handwriting is noticeably different from that in the notes on George Theriault, suggesting that this document was created by someone other than Don Levesque. The interview excerpt focuses on traditional medicinal practices, home remedies, midwifery, lactation, and curing warts.
  • Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into 2 series: Audio Recordings and Papers.
  • Language of Materials

    Collection materials are in French.
  • Technical Access Requirements

    An audiocassette player is required to access a portion of this collection.
  • Restrictions

    No restrictions on access.
  • Copyright

    Copyright has been assigned to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes
  • Preferred Citation

    Don Levesque oral histories, MCC-00050, Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes, University of Maine at Fort Kent
  • Source of Acquisition

    Material was acquired from Roger Paradis
  • Custodial History

    Don Levesque created this collection as part of coursework for a class with Roger Paradis at the University of Maine at Fort Kent in Spring 1974.  Prof. Paradis kept this collection in his personal custody until March 1991, when he brought it to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes. Creator signed Deed of Gift on June 10, 1992.

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