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Alphie J. Clavette motion pictures Edit




  • 1986 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 1991-03 (Other)


  • 2.00 Cubic Feet (Whole)
    2 video cassettes

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  • 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
  • Technical Access Requirements

    A videocassette player is required to access this collection.
  • Source of Acquisition

    Material was acquired from Roger Paradis
  • Custodial History

    Submitted for a course with Roger Paradis at the University of Maine at Fort Kent in Fall 1986.  Brought to the Acadian Archives/Archive acadiennes by Prof. Paradis in March 1991. Spouse of creator signed Deed of Gift on April 4, 1992.
  • Preferred Citation

    Alphie Clavette motion pictures, MCC-00060, Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes, University of Maine at Fort Kent.
  • Biographical Information

    Alphie Joseph Clavette was born on March 28, 1948 in St. David, Maine, the son of Rene and Irene Michaud Clavette. He served during the Vietnam War before graduating from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He married Dawn Nadeau on August 12, 1977. Clavette died in St. Francis, Maine, on May 9, 1989, as the result of a car accident in Riviere-du-Loup, Québec. Eunice Castonguay Walker was born August 13, 1890, in Castonguay Settlement, near St. Francis, Maine. She died May 28, 1989. Emily Mullins was born in Castonguay Settlement, near St. Francis, Maine, circa 1895. Lucy Gardner was born circa 1909.
  • Scope and Contents

    This collection includes 2 video cassettes: SV-60 (1/2): “Logging: the way it was, the way it is, and never more to be”, by Alphie Clavette, containing footage of modern logging operations of Great Northern Company; demonstration of old farm tools and an interview with a former woodsman, Mr. Patrick Nadeau of St-François, New Brunswick; transfer of old movie footage of a lumber camp; demonstration of draft horses and old farm equipment by Tom Sheehan of Patten, Maine; and footage of a burned over spruce and cedar forest. In this video, Mr. Sheehan, explains the process of harnessing a horse to get it ready to work in the woods cutting trees and hauling it back to the farm. He explains the parts of the harness: bridle, blinds, throat latch, reins, collar, back straps, yolk, center ring, side straps, grab or grab hook, wooden hames, etc. He also goes around his farm showing old farm equipment like a cultivator, an old John Deere #2 mower, horse drawn plow, old fashion rotor tiller, potato hauler, manure spreader, old Oliver horse drawn plow. SD-60 (2/2): “Untitled”, containing three oral history interviews with women born in Castonguay Settlement, Maine: Mrs. Eunice Castonguay Walker, Emily Mullins, and Mrs. Lucy Gardner.  The interviews were conducted by Annie C. Dow and the camerawork was by Dawn Clavette. First interview: Mrs Eunice Castonguay Walker was 96 years old at the time of the interview. She was born in Castonguay Settlement (around St. Francis, Maine). She talks about school, farming, chores. She says her mother did not know how to write. Her mother would make clothing for them. They would get the mail in St. Francis. Grandmothers in the area would help deliver babies because they did not have any doctors. Second interview done on November 14, 1986: Mrs Emily Mullins was 91 years old at the time of the interview. She was born in Castonguay Settlement, near St. Francis, Maine. Emily never went to school. She worked in the fields, knitted, milked the 7 cows they had on the farm, card the wool from the 20 sheep on the farm. Emily had 2 children in Fort Kent, 2 others in Allagash. She lost 1 child, a boy. She talks about peddlers, medicine, gardening, canning, making soap, knitting stockings and sweaters. Third interview done on November 14, 1986: Mrs. Lucy Gardner was 77 years old at the time of the interview. She talks about old remedies, peddlers going through town, child birth, death, storing meat and vegetables.
  • Language of Materials

    Collection materials are in English.

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