The Centre acadien was founded in 1972 by J. Alphonse Deveau, one of the pioneers in the field of Acadian studies in Nova Scotia. He collected an large quantity of documents and objects about Acadian culture for future researchers, which are now housed by the Centre acadien in the J. Alphonse Deveau fonds.
The Centre acadien’s goal is to promote Acadian culture particularly within Nova Scotia. To achieve this goal, the centre has extensive collections of primary and secondary sources: textual documents, sound and video recordings, objects and more. The Centre acadien is especially proud of its photo collections as well as its impressive collection of French-language newspapers from the Maritime provinces.
The Centre acadien makes these resources available to researchers from all walks of life, while at the same time undertaking initiatives to make them known to the public. The Centre also organizes many activities to strengthen excellence in research and development at Université Sainte-Anne – the only French-language post-secondary institution in Nova Scotia. Our goal is to link research activities at our institution to the social, cultural, and economic development of Nova Scotia's Francophone communities.
The Centre acadien's activities and projects always meet the two objectives of its mandate: to coordinate and stimulate research activities in the field of Acadian studies and to support researchers at Université Sainte-Anne in the various stages of their research projects in all fields. Each year, the Centre acadien welcomes many visitors and researchers who wish to learn about the history of Acadia or who want to trace their Acadian ancestors from southwestern Nova Scotia. If you are a professional visitor or researcher, amateur or beginner, the Centre is always ready to help you find what you are looking for.