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Martha Pellerin Collection of Franco-American Song

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The Martha Pellerin Collection of Franco-American Song 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.

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Time Period Covered: circa 1940 - 1998 

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Vermont Folklife Center Archives

Published:  June 21, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

Rights:  Copyright (c) Vermont Folklife Center. Requests to reproduce this item should be sent to the UVM Libraries' Center for Digital Initiatives at cdi@uvm.edu. For more information, see http://cdi.uvm.edu/about/rights.


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Title:   La visite du Jour de l’An

Creator:  Gagné, Laurianne; Gagné, Alberta; Pellerin, Martha

Date:  1995-11-10

Resource type:   songs (document genre)

Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1074) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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    Title:   Le bonhomme frappe à  la porte

    Creator:  Gagné, Laurianne; Gagné, Alberta; Pellerin, Martha

    Date:  1995-12-06

    Resource type:   songs (document genre)

    Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1075) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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      Title:   Le chignon de ma sœur

      Creator:  Gagné, Laurianne; Pellerin, Martha; Gagné, Alberta

      Date:  1995-08-31

      Resource type:   songs (document genre)

      Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1072) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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        Title:   Le livre d’or de nos souvenirs

        Creator:  Gagné, Laurianne; Gagné, Alberta; Pellerin, Martha

        Date:  1995-10-04

        Resource type:   songs (document genre)

        Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1073) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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          Title:   Le p’tit sauvage

          Creator:  Gagné, Laurianne; Gagné, Alberta; Pellerin, Martha

          Date:  1995-11-10

          Resource type:   songs (document genre)

          Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1074) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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            Title:   Lison était gentille et sage (first line)

            Creator:  Gagné, Alberta; Pellerin, Martha; Gagné, Laurianne

            Date:  1995-08-31

            Resource type:   songs (document genre)

            Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1072) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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              Title:   Lison était gentille et sage (first line)

              Creator:  Pellerin, Martha; Gagné, Alberta; Gagné, Laurianne

              Date:  1995-12-06

              Resource type:   songs (document genre)

              Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1075) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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                Title:   Lorsque je t'ai connu (first line)

                Creator:  Gagné, Laurianne; Gagné, Alberta; Pellerin, Martha

                Date:  1995-11-10

                Resource type:   songs (document genre)

                Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1074) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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                  Title:   L’diable dans bricole

                  Creator:  Gagné, Laurianne; Gagné, Alberta; Pellerin, Martha

                  Date:  1995-11-10

                  Resource type:   songs (document genre)

                  Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1074) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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                    Title:   L’habitant d’St-Marc

                    Creator:  Pellerin, Martha; Gagné, Alberta; Gagné, Laurianne

                    Date:  1995-11-10

                    Resource type:   songs (document genre)

                    Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1074) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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                      Title:   M'y promenant dedans la ville (first line)

                      Creator:  Pellerin, Martha; Gagné, Alberta; Gagné, Laurianne

                      Date:  1995-08-31

                      Resource type:   songs (document genre)

                      Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1072) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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                        Title:   MS2008-3090 -- Yvonne Pellerin Songbook 1 of 4

                        Creator:  Pellerin, Yvonne

                        Resource type:   songbooks

                        MSS contains handwritten lyrics to 82 songs in French. Each song is numbered 1-82. Final four leaves contain numbered list of song titles. Title list begins on verso of final leaf and continues on recto, then on to verso/recto of next-to-last leaf.

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                          Title:   MS2008-3091 -- Yvonne Pellerin Songbook 2 of 4

                          Resource type:   songbooks

                          MSS contains handwritten lyrics to 15 songs in French. All songs except the final song are numbered 1-14. Verso of final leaf contains numbered list of song titles.

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                            Title:   MS2008-3092 -- Yvonne Pellerin Songbook 3 of 4

                            Resource type:   songbooks

                            MSS contains handwritten lyrics to songs in French and includes some English translations. Songs are titled and numbered 3-10, numbering begins on thrid page. Incomplete lyrics to one song appear on page one, and an unnumbered song follows 10.

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                              Title:   MS2008-3093 -- Yvonne Pellerin Songbook 4 of 4

                              Resource type:   songbooks

                              MSS contains handwritten lyrics to songs in French. Songs are titled. Unclear where loose leaf at rear of volume fits in with rest of MSS content.

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                                Title:   MS2008-3094 -- Hervé Pellerin Songbook

                                Resource type:   songbooks

                                French language songbook manuscript attributed to Hervé Pellerin. Additional associated loose leaf of paper includes song text written in blue ink.

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                                  Title:   MS2008-3095 -- Irma Labonté Songbook

                                  Resource type:   songbooks

                                  French language songbook manuscript attributed to Irma Labonté. MSS contains handwritten lyrics to 33 songs in French. Each song is numbered 1-33. Final leaf contains numbered list of song titles. Title list begins on verso of final leaf and continues on recto.

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                                    Title:   MS2008-3096 -- Adelard Guay Songbook

                                    Resource type:   songbooks

                                    French language song book manuscript attributed to Adelard Guay. Recto and verso of first leaf contain letter addressed to "Kim", Kim Chase of Burlington, VT, from J. Armand Guay dated October 18, 1980. Letter attributes contents to Adelard Gecoy, father of J. Armand Guay and describes the contents of the book, the creation of the book, and the context of the performance of the songs, as well as gifting the work to Kim Chase.

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                                      Title:   MS2008-3097 -- Unattributed Songbook

                                      Resource type:   songbooks

                                      Unattributed French language song book manuscript. Recto of first leaf contains phrase, "Cahier De Chant." Verso of first leaf contains adhesive sticker with image of Christ child in manger with the phrase "JESUS dANS LA CRECHE" written below in red wax crayon.

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                                        Title:   MS2008-3098 -- Unattributed Songbook

                                        Resource type:   songbooks

                                        Unattributed French language song book manuscript. Recto of first leave contains word "chanson" in pencil as well as two arithmetic problems in blue ink. Following 6 leaves contain lyrics to a song or songs on recto. Recto of final 4 leaves are blank.

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                                          Title:   Ma tante avait un beau chapeau

                                          Creator:  Gagné, Laurianne; Gagné, Alberta; Pellerin, Martha

                                          Date:  1995-01-09

                                          Resource type:   songs (document genre)

                                          Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1070) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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                                            Title:   Mais quand on part du Canada (first line)

                                            Creator:  Gagné, Laurianne; Pellerin, Martha; Gagné, Alberta

                                            Date:  1995-11-10

                                            Resource type:   songs (document genre)

                                            Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1074) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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                                              Title:   Marilou (first word)

                                              Creator:  Pellerin, Martha; Gagné, Alberta; Gagné, Laurianne

                                              Date:  1995-07-10

                                              Resource type:   songs (document genre)

                                              Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1071) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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                                                Title:   Mon chapeau de paille

                                                Creator:  Gagné, Laurianne; Gagné, Alberta; Pellerin, Martha

                                                Date:  1995-07-10

                                                Resource type:   songs (document genre)

                                                Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1071) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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                                                  Title:   Mon pere n'avait fille que moi

                                                  Creator:  Gagné, Laurianne; Pellerin, Martha; Gagné, Alberta

                                                  Date:  1995-10-04

                                                  Resource type:   songs (document genre)

                                                  Excerpt from interview of Alberta Gagné (TC1998-1073) by Martha Pellerin. Part of a project (VFC1998-0007) on Franco-American song in New England funded by the Vermont Folklife Center and undertaken by Pellerin. Interview is one in a series of six conducted between 1995-01-09 and 1995-12-06 as an effort to document the French language song repertoire of Gagné.

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