The Maine State Library is on the hunt for historical French language newspapers published in Maine for a digitization project aimed at preservation and online access of rare titles from the past.

The project builds on the work of the Franco-American Programs at the University of Maine to research and identify holdings of French language newspapers throughout New England. As part of their work, staff from the Franco-American Programs identified at least 33 French language newspapers that were published in Maine – only about half of those titles, however could be located in a library, historical society, archive or museum collection.

How you can help!

If you have any issues of the following titles, we would love to hear from you. Your papers may help us fill in important gaps in the historical record of Maine’s Franco-American past. Call the Maine State Library at 207-287-5600 or send us an email with details about newspapers that can help us with this project

List of French Language Newspapers Published in Maine

This list may not be comprehensive - let us know if we missed anything!

  • L'Aigle (Biddeford)
  • L'Amérique (Biddeford)
  • Le Bulletin (Biddeford)
  • Le Courrier (Waterville)
  • Le Courrier de Lewiston (Lewiston)
  • Le Courrier du Maine (Lewiston)
  • Le Cri d'Alarme (Biddeford)
  • Le Dimanche (Lewiston)
  • L'Écho du Maine (Lewiston)
  • L'Émigré Canadien (Biddeford)
  • Le Figaro Illustré (Biddeford)
  • Le Franco-Américain (Waterville / Augusta)
  • L'Indépendance (Biddeford)
  • L'Indépendant (Brunswick)
  • Le Journal du Madawaska (Van Buren)
  • La Justice (Sanford)
  • Le Maine Français (Waterville)
  • L'Observateur (Biddeford)
  • L'Observateur (Westbrook)
  • L'Ouvrier Catholique (Biddeford)
  • Le Petit Journal (Lewiston)
  • La République (Lewiston)
  • Le Réveil (Biddeford)
  • La Revue (Augusta)
  • La Revue (Waterville)
  • La Revue de Médecine Franco-Américaine (Lewiston)
  • La Sentinelle (Waterville)
  • Le Signal (Lewiston)
  • Vérité = Truth (Lewiston)

About this project

The digitization project is supported with funding from the National Digital Newspaper Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. All of the pages digitized will become part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America historical newspaper portal at