The Acadian Archives of Fort Kent, Maine

The Acadian Archives of Fort Kent, Maine

Get Lost in the St. John River/Fish River National Scenic Byway in Aroostook County, Maine

The St. John River/Fish River National Scenic Byway takes you through some of the most scenic parts of northern Maine, but that’s not all it has to offer. You’ll also see eight intrinsic locations that are known for their beauty, culture, and history. Don’t just drive by them; get out and explore! You’ll be glad you did!

The Acadian Archives

Located at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, the Acadian Archives might be one of the most significant sites on the St. John Valley/Fish River National Scenic Byway. It is the premier center for the study of Acadian history and culture in the U.S. Northeast. As well as serving as a research center, the Archives promote and celebrate Acadian life through cultural programming. Events include book launches, exhibits, performances, educational activities for K-12 and college students, and an annual lecture series.

Open to the Public

The Acadian Archives are open to anyone who is curious about the history and culture of the Upper St. John Valley. Staff are present to provide tours, offer information about Acadian history, and assist visitors and researchers with archival collections. Holdings include maps, photographs, oral interviews, and a large collection of Acadian and French-Canadian genealogical reference material.

  • The Archives is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and by appointment.
  • The Archives serves the University community as well as individuals and organizations regionally, statewide, nationally, and internationally. The Archives is open to the public. Appointments are not needed but are encouraged for researchers traveling from a distance.
  • Patrons are not allowed to access the Archives collections without a staff member (or work- study student) present.