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Henri Goguen

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The American Catholic Research Center and University Archives
Creator: Joseph Henri Goguen, March 8, 1899 - Dec 15, 1982
Title: J. Henri Goguen Papers
Dates: 1913-1986, n.d.
Extent: 4.5 linear feet; 9 boxes
Abstract: Goguen served as a city councilor, U.S. marshal, Secretary of State, and Public Safety Commissioner of Massachusetts. For 30 years, he served as national president and chairman of the board of the Union Saint-Jean-Baptiste, the largest mutual benefit society for Americans of French descent. In this position, he introduced the Society's Educational Foundation, which gave scholarships to students who wished to pursue further studies. The collection contains correspondence, clippings, speeches, photographs, and programs.
Collection Number: 208
Language: English, French

Biographical Note

Joseph Henri Goguen was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on March 8, 1899 to Olivier Goguen and Marie LeBlanc Goguen. A resident of Leominster, Massachusetts, for most of his life, he dedicated his life to public service on the city, state, and national level. He attended Assumption High School and graduated from the College of Assumption, both in Worcester, Massachusetts, and later became a teacher at the Assumption Preparatory School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Holy Cross College in 1922, also in Worcester, Massachusetts. He studied law at the Northeastern School of Law, starting in 1924, and enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1930-1931 to study French, but there is no record of him ever receiving a degree from either place. He did receive numerous honorary degrees: from Assumption College, St. Francis College, The University of Montreal, and Laval University of Quebec.

Henri Goguen embarked on his political life by becoming a local city counselor, from where he tried to springboard his career by running for Congress. He was not elected, but managed to parlay his experience into a job as the Chief Officer of the Field Division of the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In 1939, he was appointed the United States Marshall for the District of Massachusetts, which lasted until 1947. His political aspirations were interrupted in 1946 when he was elected President of L'Union St. Jean Baptiste de l'Amerique, one of the largest mutual benefit societies for Americans of French descent at the time. He resigned as U.S. Marshall, ostensibly so he could devote more time to his job as President of the Society, but more likely because Franklin D. Roosevelt, of whom he was a great supporter, was no longer in office and Harry S. Truman's administration was not to his liking.

He returned to the political arena with the Eisenhower administration, when he was named the Commissioner of Public Safety for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1952. He briefly became acting Secretary of State in December of 1958, when the previous Secretary, Edward J. Cronin, died in office. However, a mere two months later, a minor tax irregularity seemed to prevent him from gaining the support he would need to lose the “acting” label, and he was unable to secure a position as permanent Secretary. In 1961, he once again returned to be full time president of L'Union St. Jean Baptiste, a duty he had somewhat neglected during his political career.

Founded in 1900, this Society started out as a prestigious club for Americans who wanted to maintain and promote their French Catholic heritage as much as possible. The Society eventually morphed into one of the biggest mutual benefit societies of its time, supported by Catholic churches and other French societies. The Union had close ties with several bishops and cardinals of French descent, and organized lavish banquets and “congresses” honoring various influential decision makers. Its eventual sharp decline in membership and finances in the late 1960s and early 1970s reduced these grand feasts to regular annual conferences, and the society saw its influence gradually wane. As president, Henri became known for his introduction of the Society's Education Foundation. He eventually retired as president of the Society in 1974, amid failing health. He stayed on as Chairman of the Board until he died in December of 1982.

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Scope and Contents

The first series is the "Union St. Jean Baptiste de l'Amerique, one of the largest mutual benefit societies for Americans of French descent at the time. The material in this series includes commemorative programs, invitations to banquets and other memorabilia, 1918-1981, and undated, in boxes 1-5. As mentioned above, Goguen held various offices in this society, including that of President from 1946 to 1974.

The second series is Political Life, 1933-1971, in box 6. This material includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, etc. related to his various political positions as Leominster City Counselor, U.S. Marshall for Massachusetts, Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Safety and Secretary of State.

The third series is Photographs, 1947-1975, and undated in boxes 6-8. This is a potentially rich series illustrating religious, social, and political life in mid twentieth century Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Unfortunately, most of the photos are unlabeled with additional archival processing work required for better organization and accessibility.

The fourth and last series is Personal material, 1913-1986, and undated, in box 8.

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Arrangement

The J. Henri Goguen Papers consist of:





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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mrs. Goguen via Raymond Potvin, CUA Sociology Department in 1991.

Processing Information

Processing and EAD markup in December 2012 by Dirk Bos, with additional contributions by William John Shepherd, 2012-2013.

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Related Material

American Catholic Research Center and University Archives:

James Aloysius Geary Papers

Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts:

Union Saint-Jean-Baptiste Archives and Special Collections: a Collection of Franco-American Resources at the Assumption College Library

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.


Persons:
Henri Goguen

Organizations:
Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts
Union St. Jean Baptiste de l'Amerique
Universite Laval, Quebec
University of Montreal, Quebec

Places:
Leominster, Massachusetts
Montreal, Quebec
Quebec City, Quebec
Worcester, Massachusetts

Subjects:
Franco-Americans


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Bibliography

"J. Henri Goguen, Former Solon, Cabinet Officer, Fraternal Leader," Obituary, Worcester (Massachusetts) Telegram, December 16, 1982.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series 1: L'Union St. Jean Baptiste d'Amerique 1918-1981, n.d. (5 Boxes)
L'Union St. Jean Baptiste de l'Amerique papers
Box Folder
1 1 11ieme Congress – Holyoke, Massachusetts: Reports, Leaflets, 1925
  2 12ieme Congress – Burlington, Vermont: Reports, Leaflets, 1929
  3 13ieme Congress – Hartford, Connecticut: Reports, Leaflets, 1933
  4 14ieme Congress – Salem, Massachusetts: Reports, Leaflets, 1937
  5 15ieme Congress – Boston, Massachusetts: Programs, Insignia, 1941
  6 16ieme Congress – Worcester, Massachusetts: Program, 1946
        3 copies.
  7 17ieme Congress – Boston, Massachusetts: Program, List of Delegates, Newspaper Clippings, Correspondence, Insignia, 1950
  8 18ieme Congress – Springfield, Massachusetts: Mostly Newspaper Clippings of the Event, 1954
  9 19ieme Congress – Hartford, Connecticut: Mostly Newspaper Clippings, 1958
  10 20ieme Congress – Portland, Maine: Program, 1962
        3 copies.
  11 21ieme Congress – Worcester, Massachusetts: Mostly Newspaper Clippings, 1966
Box Folder
2 1 22ieme Congress – Woonsocket, Rhode Island: Newspaper Clippings, Program, Correspondence, 1968
  2 23ieme Congress – Providence, Rhode Island: Mostly Newspaper Clippings, 1970
  3 24ieme Congress – Chicopec, Massachusetts: Newspaper Clippings, Program, 1972
  4 25ieme Congress – Chicopec, Massachusetts: Newsletter, Correspondence, 1974
  5 26ieme Congress – Portland, Maine: Newspaper Clippings, 1976
  6 Congress Special / Fraternal Workshop, Worcester, Massachusetts: Program and Prayer Leaflets, Burning of Mortgage of la Maison Francaise de l'Assumption Ceremony, 1970
  7 Congress Extraordinaire, Worcester, Massachusetts: Newspaper Clippings, Documents, Report, re: Changes in Bylaws of L'Union, October 28, 1951
  8 Congress Extraordinaire, Woonsocket, Rhode Island: Newspaper Clippings, Bulletin, Correspondence re: Constitutional Reforms L'Union, June 23, 1963
  9 Congress Extraordinaire, Auburn, Massachusetts, re: Saint Jean Baptist Educational Foundation: Program, Newspaper Clippings, August, 21, 1971
  10 Rapports du President General: – Henri T. Ledoux, 1939-1946
  11 Rapports du President General – Henri Goguen, 1947-1959
  12 Rapports du President General – Henri Goguen, May 1960- November 1969
  13 Rapports du President General – Henri Goguen - April 1970 to April 1974, Leo A. Gosselin November 1974,
Box Folder
3 1 “Tableau des Membres Adultes et Enfants de l'Assurance en vigueur des adultes,” 1948-1968
        Membership Lists of Adults and Children per Locality and Insurances, with Totals.
  2 Diocese of Worchester, Massachusetts, ca. 1950-1978
        Correspondence, Newspaper Clippings, Annual and Financial Reports, Commemorative Programs of Anniversary Church Celebrations, Correspondence with Bishopry of Worcester, Pamphlet and Sticker re: 1970 Bishop's Fund for Charity and Education, Thank-you Note on Card about History of the Crosier, Letter of Appeal for Funds dated April 1970, signed by Bishop Bernard J. Flanagan; paper clipped to Bishop's Fund for Charity and Education “newspaper” supplement to the Catholic Free Press; Newspaper Clippings dated August 14, 1962 re: Council Meetings re: sale of Leominster Infirmary and Land to Diocese of Worcester; Newspaper Clipping re: St. Thomas More Award to Outstanding Lawyers, n.d.; Thank-you Note from Archbishop of Boston to Henri re: Donated Check from Jean Baptiste Society dated June 6, 1950; Thank-you Note Dated June 11, 1959 from Administrator of Chancery Office to Henri G. for Transaction carried out; Pamphlet re: Retired Priest's Residence in Worcester, dated January 1971, Special Commemorative Section of the Sunday Telegram re: Bishop Bernard J. Flanagan's 25th Anniversary, dated October 15, 1978; Special section of Worcester Sunday Telegram entitled “The Worcester Diocese After 25 Years,” dated April 13, 1975.
  3 Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, 1965-1975
        Correspondence, Newspapers, Financial Report, 1 Photograph of HG with Bishop Louis E. Gelinea and Msgr. C. Mureaux, Directeur Spirituel, taken 03/10/1974.
  4 Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut: Newspaper Clippings and Church Booklets, 1960, 1975
  5 “Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire,” 1960, 1975
        Contains Programm Letter from Bishop of Manchester accepting Invitation to L'Union's Annual Meeting dated June 18, 1975; and typed Speech given on October 30, 1960 at Dinner-Reception at Hotel Bancroft, Worcester, Massachusetts.
  6 “Cercle Jacques Cartier Council No. 8, Union Saint-Jean Baptiste Trust, Greenfield,” 1977-1980
        Contains Bank Statements, Legal Papers, Ownership Records, Correspondence, re: Scholarship Trustees, etc.
  7 Booklet to Commemorate 9th Conference of L'Union St. Jean Baptiste d'Amerique, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1918
        Booklet describes Early History of the Union.
  8 La Medaille de Cheverus, 1958-1964
        The Medal of L'Union and its Rirst Recipients, Leaflets, Newspaper Clipping, Correspondence, 2 sample pages of the “Seal of Cheverus”, Stamps based on Medal of same name of L'Union.
  9 Home Office Building, ca. 1956-1976
        Progress Reports of Home Office Commission re: Renovation of HQ building on 1 Social Street, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Newspaper Clippings re: re-dedication of Building in October 1976, 3 black and white 8.5 x 11 inch photographs: 1.L'Union HQ Building, 1956 2.Signing Ceremony Picture, from left to right: J. Henri Goguen, Louise Courcy, National Secretary, Edgar J. Martel, President General (seated), ca. 1976 3.Group office Photo at Signing Ceremony, ca. 1976.
  10 Newspaper Clippings, ca. 1947-1968
  11 “Robert Gagnon,” 1971-1974
        Resume, Correspondence, for possible Employment of Robert Gagnon as Director of Insurance Department,
  12 “L'Union Saint-Jean Baptiste – Historique,” ca. 1950-1972
        Contains Newspaper Clippings, Articles on the 60th Anniversary and the History of L'Union.
Box Folder
4 1 “European Trips,” 1972-1973
        Newspaper Clippings re: Pope Praising L'Union, Papal Visit by Group from L'Union, Names and Addresses of L'Union Members who went on Trip, General Correspondence regarding Trip, Papal Visit. Paris Trip September 28 to October 1 1972 - Newspaper Clippings, Correspondence re: Travel Arrangements, Lists of Members Going on Trip, Itineraries, Schedules, Correspondence with Consul General of Paris in Boston.
  2 “ Les Franco-Americains and Canadiens,”
        Typed pages of Declaration of Purpose, Doctrine, various Speeches, Articles on French Canadians.
  3 Scrapbook, August 16, 1942
        Black covers held together by shoelace, containing Photographs, Newspaper Clippings, Correspondence, all regarding Wartime Patriotic Rally held in Fall River, Massachusetts.
  4 “ Saint-Jean Baptiste Educational Foundation – Board of Trustees,”
        Meeting Minutes, Financial Records, Correspondence re: Scholarship Recipients.
  5 “Testimonial Dinner Henri Goguen," 1937, 1939
        Large Cardboard Religious Photograph, Leaflets to Testimonial Dinners (James A. Farley, 1937; and Henri Goguen, 1939) and Programs from various Anniversary Banquets and Celebrations, Booklet of Historic Overview of Saint-Antoine Parish.
  6 “The Catholic Free Press,” 1975, 1978, 1981
        Complete editions of the Newspaper, one dated March 7, 1975 and featuring the 25th anniversary of the Worcester Diocese; one dated October 6, 1978 and featuring Bishop Bernard J. Flanagan's Episcopal Anniversay, and one dated April 24, 1981.
  7 “La Fondation Scolaire Saint-Jean Baptiste,” ca. 1946-1970
        Pamphlet dated August 1970 titled “La Fondation Scolaire de Jean Baptiste – Progress Report” re: Educational Foundation, in English and French; Pamphlet titled “12 Questions about the Union Jean Baptiste Educational Foundation”, in English and French; 2 similar pages re: Medallions, one Bronze Medal featuring the second President of the Jean Baptiste Society, to be given as a price of excellence in French to bilingual students in New England and New York, and one Medal commemorating members of the Society who were veterans of World War II; Letters dated August 1956 announcing and describing the Benedictions to be given at the second Great Annual Pilgrimage to be held September 9, 1956 in Attleboro Church of Notre Dame de La Salette; little Pamphlet re: the 10th Annual Pilgrimage on September 13, 1964 programme; one Memo of Union St-Jean Baptiste, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, containing various Hand-written Notes and dates.
  8 Honorary Dinners, Commemorative feasts, 1937-1971
        Letter dated October 3 1955 to Georges Filteau (Secretary of St Jean Baptiste) from Norbert Robichaud, Archbishop of Moncton, Canada, accepting Invitation to Commemorative fest Sept. 24, 1955; 2 (copies of) Letter dated April 26, 1954 addressed to Henri G. from Dwight Eisenhower, President of the United States, declining Invitation to Quadrennial National Convention of L'Union St Jean. Letter (memo?) dated July 31, 1937 invite to Assembly of Community for Feast to Honor Rev. Joseph Chicoine., from Henri G. (Pres) and Oscar Pulin (Secretary). Typed Announcement re: Feast in Honor of His Excellency Foster Furcolo, Governor of Massachusetts, March 8, 1959. Thick (42 pages) typed Papers titled “The American and Canadian French Cultural Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Report of Studies conducted since organization, Program for reminder of Fiscal Year 1969-1970 and 1970-1971, Financial Needs to implement aims of Commission.”
  9 “Les Acadiens,” ca. 1930-1972
        Various Newspaper Clippings, mostly 1970s, re: Acadians; Booklet entitled “La France en Acadie” published by Bibliotheque du Comite France-Amerique, n.d., unknown booklet entitled “The Land of Evangeline – History and Romance Cradled in Scenic Charm” re: Grand Pre National Park history. Leaflet “French Canadian and Arcadian Genealogical Review,” Spring 1969, urging subscription to this publication. Two invitations: one to premiere of film “Les Acadiens de La Dispersion,” one to luncheon with Premier of Brunswick. A few tiny torn out little pages from Agenda du Canada Francais, 1968, re: A Century of French Progress in New Brunswick. Typed letter from Bl. Corrivault, October 1968, titled “Lettre aux Anciens, College St. Anne, No. 6.” Foreword and Table of Contents to “Les Parlers Francais d'Acadie” by Genevieve Massignon, paper clipped to a typed Review of the work by Victor Barbeau of the French-Canadian Academy, titled “La Tradition Francaise en Acadie.” August 20, 1930 Celebration of 175th Anniversary of Deportation of Acadians at Grand Pre, Nova Scotia - typed Description of Event Activities and letters from Secretary to Committee of L'Eglise Souvenir de Grand-Pre to Henri G. dated September and August 1930. Newspaper Clippings re: Societe Historique Acadienne, ca. 1964 to 1972. Correspondence with the Historical Society of Acadians, A fourteen page paper on the History of Cocagne, H.J.Res 1097, Joint Resolution Granting the Consent of Congress to an Agreement between Quebec and Louisiana on Cultural Cooperation, dated February 15, 1968.
Box Folder
5 1 St. Cecilia Parish, 1930-1980
        Correspondence, mostly dated 1980, Letters re: Requests for Donations, Raffle Announcements, typed History of St. Cecilia Parish, Resolution of Donation, Solicitation letters for donations, letters re” Project 1980. Parish Annual Report 1976, 1971, 1975, 1974. Open letters (5) to Parishioners of St. Cecelia Church. Thank-you note from Gerard A. Lucier, Pastor, St. Cecilia, to Mr. and Mrs. Henri G. for Contributions made. Draft of Homily for Masses on November 2 and 3, 1974 Project-for-Christ, Hand-written draft re” Share for Christ Project. Parish Facilities Evaluation from Crowley Realty Corporation, dated March 1, 1976. Copy of “Increased Income News, Vol.1, No.1, dated September 27, 1964 – St. Cecilia Parish Various Newspaper Clippings re: St. Cecilia and Potential Closing of St. Cecilia School, Church Building Lists of Contributions (3) of St Cecilia's Minstrel – Benefit of Building Fund. Dated February 6, 1930; (1) Let There Be Light – St. Cecilia's Booster Club, 1978. Souvenir Booklets/programs of Commemorative Events: (2) re: 50th Celebration of Priesthood of Rev. Joseph Chicoine dated October 1937 and (1) re: 60th Celebration of same dated October 1947; (1) Hommage to Monsiegneur Arthur J. Gravel, St. Cecilia Priest, dated January 1956, (1) Hommage to Joseph H. Boutin, Priest of Notre Dame of St. Roasiare, dated October 1956, (1) 50th Celebration of Rev. Mother Helene Joseph, dated April 1929
  2 “Congres – Vie Franco-Americaine, Lewiston, 1970
        Various Lewiston, Maine, Newspapers' clippings re: Franco-American Congress and banquet; 2 letters re: Congress and creation of souvenir booklet about event
  3 “La Societe Historique Franco-Americaine,” 1958-1972
        Various Newspaper Clippings re: Galas and Events of the French-American Historical Society, Programs, Agendas and Correspondence re: Fee Prices, ca. 1965, 1966, 1968, 1971, 1972. One letter marking Bicentennial of Battle of Fort Ticonderoga (Carillon), 1758-1958, dated June 1958, with attached Pamphlet.
  4 “2ieme Congres de la Langue Francaise, Quebec,” 1937
        Envelope with Commemorative Pins in shape of Fleure de Lys (10) Correspondence, typed Programs, Stickers, Newspaper Clipping re: Second Congress of the French Language, Quebec, June 27-July 1, 1937.
  5 “3ieme Congres de la Langue Francaise,” 1952
        Programs, Lists of Committee Members, Pamphlets re: Third Congress, Quebec June 18-24, 1952.
  6 “Speeches” - typed pages of Speeches, 1929-1976
        Eulogy of Dr. Henri E. Gauthier Speech honoring Mayor Doyle on his retirement (2 copies). Hommage of Francois-Xavier Houde, General Consul of Canada in Boston (3 copies). Diamond Jubileum of the Canadian-American Association, September 5, 1971. Remarks by Henri Goguen delivered at Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on June 14, 1929 - Flag Day Exercises under Auspices of Fitchburg Lodge B.P.O.E. (2 copies). Remarks by Henri Goguen at Annual Dinner Meeting of Assumption College Alumni Association, Worcester, Massachusetts, June 12, 1931. (2 copies). Speech delivered by Henri Goguen at Roosevelt Rally, Boston, Massachusetts, 1932 Campaign. Remarks delivered by Henri Goguen at Armistice Day Exercises, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on November 11, 1932 under Auspices of Fitchburg Post of the American Legion. (2 copies). Eulogy for Jean Picher, Treasurer General of Union St. Jean Baptiste, n.d. (2 copies). Speech entitled “We Are Our Brother's Keeper” given at 83rd Annual Meeting of the National Fraternal Congress of America, n.d. (3 copies). Untitled, undated Speech in French regarding Committee of Franco-American Life, pages 2 and 3 only. Invitation, Acceptance, Thank-you Letters and Newspaper Clippings on Henri G.'s being a Guest Speaker at the Notre Dame High School Graduation Ceremony on June 12, 1962 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Undated Speech in French at Banquet of the Reunion of the Franco-American Club of Massachusetts (2 copies). Remarks by Henri G. at Testimonial to Honorable Bernard W. Doyle, Municipal Auditorium, Leominster, Massachusetts, January 4, 1930 (2 copies). Remarks by Henri G. at Grave of Brother Sanderson, Leominster Aerie, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, n.d. (2 copies). Speech entitled “Pourquoi Il Faut Reelire le President Roosevelt” (Why Roosevelt should be Re-elected), n.d., in French, 12 pages. Posthumous Eulogy of Dr. R. Wilfrid Delaney, in French, n.d., 4 pages. Speech entitled “Discourse Prononce au Bicentenaire de Cocagne”, in French, dated August 6, 1967, 5 pages (2 copies). “Religion for the Retarded”, n.d., 2 pages, Roland F. Landry. Untitled, undated Speech Commemorating 158th anniversary of Flag Day, in English, one page. “Flag Day”, Boston, Massachusetts, June 14, 1970, Commemorating 193rd Anniversary of Flag Day (2 copies). Untitled, undated Hand-written Notes, 10 pages, (last page notes that last paragraph was modified from the discourse of August 12, 1955). Untitled, undated, unsigned Hand-written Memo-size Notes of Speech in English regarding Memorial Day Celebrations of 1976. “Introduction et Discourse au Poste WMAS”, Springfield, Massachusetts, October 20, 1936. “Hommage a la Societe L'Assomption at au peuple Acadien”, n.d., 3 pages. Eulogy for “P. Marcelin Parent”, and Request for copy from Adrien Verrette, St. George Parish, Manchester, Massachusetts, dated May 26, 1966. “Fraternalism of Yesterday, of Today and of Tomorrow”, n.d., in English, Meeting in Hollywood, Florida. “Allocution Prononcee a l'Hotel Statler, Hartford, Connecticutt, le Samedi 3 Mai 1958, par son Excellence Foster Furcolo, Gouverneur du Massachusetts, lors d'un dejeuner offert en son honneur par L'Union Saint Jean Baptiste d'Amerique, a l'Occasion de sa visite aux delegues du 19ieme Congres de cette Societee Fraternelle.” undated, 2 pages, 3 copies. Letter addressed to the Consul General, in French, regarding activites of Union St. Jean Baptiste, n.d., 3 pages. Untitled Letter Addressed to “Excellence Reverendissime”, one page, in French, marked 28 decembre 1971 in red ink. Untitled, undated Speech re: Anniversary of the Establishment of a Franco-American Institution (unnamed), 3 pages. Untitled, undated speech in French about Franco-American Veterans, 3 pages. “Food for Thought”, one page in English describing a Meeting in Chicago in 1923 of ten of the World's most Successful Financiers and how they met their end. “Summer Meeting and Flag Day Observance”, green Pamphlet page with Star Spangled Banner Lyrics and Music, dated June 9, 1974.
  7 “Newspaper Clippings” of Banquets held in Celebration of 100 year Anniversay of Franco-Americans, Newspaper Clippings ca. 1936 to 1972, including Henri G. as Commissioner of Safety ca. 1959 and 1955 Bicentennial Celebration of Ouster of Acadians, ca. 1936-1972
  8 “Newspaper Clippings: Fires at Mechanics Street,” 1961, 1973
        Newspaper Clippings re: Fire on 40 Mechanic Street, February 22, 1961, February 15, 1973.
  9 “L'Avenir de la Franco-Americaine,” 1955
        White three-holed pages with Newspaper Clippings glued on them, re: the Future of the Franco-American, dated Feb-March 1955.
  10 “Conseil St. Cecile Drill Tream,”
        Newspaper Clippings and Photographs of the Conseil St. Cecile Drill Team winning the Union St. Jean Baptiste Cup at National Championships, date unknown but possibly 1947.
  11 Newspaper Clippings, ca. 1936 to 1972
                       
Series 2: Political Life (1 Box)
Political Career papers
Box Folder
6 1 “Assumption College Honorary Degree," June 5, 1958
        Newspaper Clippings re: Recipients of Honorary Degrees from Assumption, including Henri G.
  2 “Secretary of State,” 1958
        Newspaper Clippings re: Henri G.'s Appointment to Secretary of State, 1958. Congratulatory Letters for HG's appointment to Secretary of State from: Luke Hart, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbia. Laurie Ebacher, Attorney. Jean Houpert, University of Montreal. Rene Pare, Secretary General of La Societe des Artisans. Congratulatory Christmas card from May and Jean Fouriner. Congratulatory telegram from C.F. Savoie, President General. Olier H. Angers, Secretary General of L'Union, Letter Addressed to Governor Foster Furcolo Congratulating him on Appointing HG as Secretary of State for Massachusetts.
  3 “Franco-American Democratic Club of Massachusetts, Inc.,” 1934-1940
        3 copies of Constitution and By-Laws, typed and stapled, 3 pages each. Constitution and By-Laws of the Franco-American Democratic Club of Massachusetts, Inc. (3 typed pages. Invitation (letter) to banquet of Franco-American Democratic Club, dated March 1934 (2 copies). Correspondence and newspaper clipping Fred Gougeon and Henri Goguen. Democratic National Campaign Committee, French-American Division: List of names of people in the organization. Legal-size pamphlet titled “Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1933-1934 Executive Department” listing Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and all senators and secretaries of Mass.
  4 “Candidate Salem 1937,” 1934-1951
        Unsigned yellow small typed pages (marked “1950” in pencil on top of first page) recommending HG for Candidate for President General. Typed pages titled “Report of Activities of French Division, National Democratic Campaign Committee, 1936”, 15 pages by HG himself. Western Union telegram from Elie Vezina notifying HG that the General Board approved his Candidacy. 2 typed Letters from HG urging people to support Franklin D. Roosevelt during upcoming Elections. Flyer from the Franco-American Democratic League of Brockton, urging Franco-Americans to a Meeting/rally to be held on November 2, 1936. Letter on L'Union Letterhead from Jean Gosselin addressed to HG regarding latter's Adoption of Daughter Marie Janice. 3 typed copies of “1937 Congres de Salem, Massachusetts Lettre Circulaire etc”, Circular Letter prepared for the Candidature of HG to Post of Consul-General, but never distributed because his Candidature was unopposed.
  5 U.S. Marshal's Job, 1933-1947
        Letter and 2 copies from HG to Senator David Walsh, dated May 12, 1939, announcing HG's decision to withdraw from consideration for the job of United States Marshal in Boston. (Handwritten note in top left says “This letter not mailed on advice of Paul Dever then Attorny General). Letter dated February 1, 1933 from Electoral Colleges of the United States, Executive Secretary H. Newlin Megill. inviting HG to attend Inaugural Ceremonies of Roosevelt. Western Union telegram from Senator David I Walsh to HG stating he can't hasten action by President until next week. Harsh Letters between Doctor Belhumeur and Congressman John McCormack, in March 1939, regarding HG's Appointment of Collector of Internal Revenue. Correspondence of Senator David Walsh assuring he's doing his best to get HG appointed. From Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “Extracts from General Laws, Chapter 54”, signed with seal attached. Letter dated October 16, 1940 from Pierre Maas, Chairman French Division of Democratic National Campaign Committee in New York City to HG. Various Congratulatory telegrams for HG's Appointment to United States Marshall. Various old Newspaper Clippings, most about HG becoming Marshall, Testimonial Dinner 1939. HG's Resume. Congratulatory Letter from George Filteau to HG. Stapled story out of Headline Detective dated Augsut 1943, titled “Red Riddle... of Oak Bluffs”, Murder Stories. Several Telegrams from HG re: his expired Commission and Pleas to have him Reappointed before Congress Recesses. Certificate, typed, re: Account Balances of Marshall office, dated November 1943. Letters to Harry Truman, President's Office, other Dignitaries re: HG's decision not to be a Candidate for Reappointment as United States Marshall and Requesting more time to finish up loose ends. Correspondence between HG and United States Marshall successor Arthur Cartier re: Last Days of Office. Administrative Letters regarding reappointment second term U.S. Marshall, Insurance Bonds, Employee Swearing in, Salaries, Accounts, Reimbursement Slips, Loans, U..S Marshall Bulletin, some Newspaper Clippings re: HG not being a Candidate.
  6 “1936 Campaign,” 1935-1936
        Correspondence, mostly dated 1935, between HG and various Members of Congress and Senators, regarding the Appointment of Thomas B. Hassett to Collector of Internal Revenue. Newspaper Clippings re: HG's Speech on Baby Bonds held on February 4, 1936. Letters regarding French Democratic Rally Planning. Envelope with HG's Picture and “Goguen for Congress Headquarters” Letterhead, and 2 cards with same Picture and “Pour Conseiller General”. Address Delivered by HG at Station WTAG, Worcester, Massachusetts, October 24, 1936, 08:00 to 08:15am, over the Radio, regarding Democratic Congressman Joseph E. Casey. (4 typed pages, 4 copies total).
  7 “Senateur Mike Gravel,” ca. 1970
        Telegrams, Itinerary, Newspaper Clippings, re: Mike Gravel Visit to l'Union, reception.
  8 “Commission to Study Fraternal Insurance Laws,” 1940-1944
        Newspaper Clippings re: Appointment of HG to Special Committee on Laws regarding Fraternal Societies, By-laws and Rules, Correspondence re: same, 2 Reports of the Special Commission on Fraternal Benefit Societies, one (1) Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1945-1946, Executive Department List of Governors, Lieutenant Governors, Secretaries and Senators.
  9 Leominster Draft Board, Selective Services, January 1951 - December 1971
        Chairman for several years, containing Paperwork, Correspondence, Certificates, Newspaper Clippings, all related to HG being selected as Member of the Board (and later Chairman) of Selective Services. Also: Lapel pin – Selective Service Retired.
  10 Governor Foster Furcolo of Massachusetts, 1958-1960
        Correspondence, Speeches, Ball Invitations, etc.
  11 “Oath of Office of Henry Goguen,” 1934-1939
        Newspaper Clippings: Flag Day, Gardner Lodge, June 1939. Goguen elected L'Union President for Seventh time, Articles re: Goguen U.S. Marshall Appointment, Goguen being considered for Collector of Internal Revenue job, 1939. Various Speeches by HG and Events attended by HG at various Elk Lodge and Fraternity Functions, 1937-1940. Front and back page of Leominster Daily Enterprise, November 3, 1937, showing Local Election Results. Various other small News Clippings. List of handwritten Names and Addresses in pencil. Pamphlets (2) of HG for Congress Election material with small Resume on inside, map of Third Congressional District on back. 2 small Banquet Invitations. Letter of Condolence for Election loss from Arthur A. Goguen and George Sweeney, Assistant Attorney General. Card from Club Laurier, Inc., Leominster, Massachusetts. Second Semester. Pamphlet of L'Union explaining what it does, etc.
  12 Newspaper Clippings, 1936
        Leon Lamoureux, James Roosevelt attends a rally, Chairman Cormier faces and beats Ouster.
  13 “Newspaper Clippings: Politics,” 1959-1960
        HG's Appointment as Head of Department of Public Safety, 1959. Copy of “The Democrat, serving Worcester and Worcester County” January 1960, first edition. State Police Proposals. Governor Furcolo Educational Plans. Articles on Banquets Honoring HG. Handwritten Letter Louis Lavace and Newport News Clippings August 6, 1960. Otis Whitney State Insurance Commissioner. Copy of “Government Research Inc.”, December 4, 1959, Number 14-48, Newsletter.
                       
Series 3: Photographs 1947-1975, n.d. (3 Boxes)
Photographs came from unmarked envelopes and folders. Envelopes or folders that were marked or labeled may not have been accurate or correct, i.e. some did not contain the photos they were supposed to contain. A large part of the photos remain unidentified.
Box Folder
6 14 “Photos L'Union,” ca. 1950-1966
        From originally legal size folders marked “Photos L'Union” with labels marked Congres de 1966. Probably inaccurately labeled as some photos appear to have earlier dates.
  15 “Photos L'Union,” ca. 1965-1970
        From an originally legal size folder marked “Photos L'Union” with label marked Congress de Mai 1970. Probably inaccurately labeled, some photos appear to have earlier dates.
  16 Photographs: Fire of February 15, 1973,
Box Folder
7 1 Photographs: Visite de Msgr. Vaudrey a l'academie St. Anne – 3ieme Congres de la langue Francaise, n.d.
  2 Photographes prises a Leominster le 8 Juillet 1949, Woonsocket le 9 Juillet 1949, Boston, 1949
  3 Photographs of Barracks, Middleboro, Massachusetts, 1959
  4 Photographs from folder marked “ Comm. Of Mass.,” 1959, n.d.
  5 Photographs from folder marked “ Photos J. Henry Comm. Of Mass.,” 1960, n.d.
  6 L'Union, 1954-1973, n.d.
  7 Photographs: Unidentified (1), 1950s-1960s, n.d.
  8 Photographs: Unidentified (2), 1950s-1960s, n.d.
Box Folder
8 1 Photographs: Unidentified (3), 1950s-1960s, n.d.
  2 Photographs: Identified, 1947-1975
        Marked on the Rear.
                       
Series 4: Personal Life 1913-1986, n.d. (2 Boxes)
Personal Papers
Box Folder
8 3 “Officier et Chevalier – Legion d'Honneur.” - Leominster Chevalier-June 2, 1948, Woonsocket Officier-November 20, 1960,”
        Announcements, Congratulatory Letters and Telegrams, and Newspaper Clippings regarding the award of a Knight of the (French) Legion of Honour in 1947, then promotion to Officer of the Legion of Honour in 1960.
  4 “Honorary Doctorate: University of Montreal,” 25 May 1950
        Docteur Honoris Causa de l'Universite de Montreal - Newspaper Clippings, Thank-You Letters and Communications regarding the Honorary Doctorate bestowed upon HG by the University of Montreal.
  5 “Honorary Degree: St. Francis College,” 1965
  6 “First Service Bank,” 1986
        Information packets about shares of its Common Stock.
  7 “Report Cards,” 1913-1974
        Score Marks Assumption College High, Report Cards from Colege of Assumption dated 1916 to 1917. Handwritten Essay “La Societe des Nations”, dated August 1, 1931, written while enrolled in Sorbonne, Paris. Handwritten Letter of Condolence dated July 1931, presumably as Assignment for Sorbonne class. Membership Cards (3) Elk Lodge, 1971-1974. Various handwritten, hard to read notes. Notice of Admission to Northeastern School of Law dated October 4, 1924. (5) copies of HG's old resume, ~ ca. 1936. Report Letter from Assumption College stating hours and grades and acerting HG completed four year high school in three years, dated May 18, 1931. Cerificate of Bachelor of Arts for HG from College of the Holy Cross. Acceptance Letter for Honorary Doctorate from Universite Laval, Quebec, dated May 1952. Typed Letter from Students to Teacher HG, dated March 1929. Program from the Folies Bergere. Program from College St. Anne, dated June 17, 1913, Distirbution of Prizes.
  8 "Awards,” 1939-1975
        Certificates of Appreciation of various Rotary Clubs.
  9 "Personal Accounts” 1979, 1982
        Accounts Personal, Ledger-type Handwritten Balance Sheets.
Box Folder
9 1 “Social Security Papers,” 1975-1982
        Social Security Correspondence, Booklets, Newspaper Articles and Check Stubs.
  2 “Income Tax Returns 1975 and Prior Years,” 1967, 1970-1975.
  3 “Littleton Property,” 1927-1971, n.d.
        Tax Records, Correspondence, Receipts, Cashed Check Receipts, Correspondence with Buyer of HG's Plots of Land in Littleton, Massachusetts.
  4 “Mechanic Street Property,” 1946-1970s, n.d.
        Old Black and White Letter-size Photographs, Newspaper Clippings re: Demolition of “Goguen block,” and some brief typed Notes on History of Buildings.
  5 “Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association of Massachusetts,” Ca. 1980-1982.
        Pamphlets, Bulletins and Correspondence of and by the Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association of Massachusetts, Association's Newsletters.
  6 “Miscellaneous,” 1950s-1980s
        Green Hard-cover Certificate of Membership of HG of Conseil de la vie francaise, dated September 27, 1958. Also contained booklets (2) about French-Language Units. Expired U.S. Passport (issued 1972, exp. 1977). Personal photographs. One typed page - “Verbatim account of a sentence imposed on a defendant convicted of murder in the federal territory of New Mexico in the late 1980s by a United States Judge sitting at TASS.” 2 pages from the Worcester Sunday Telegram, dated November 1, 1964, Featuring an Article by Ruth H. Forst titled “Epitaphs I'll Never Forget”.

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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Related Material

Index Terms

Bibliography

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: L'Union St. Jean Baptiste d'Amerique 1918-1981, n.d.

Series 2: Political Life

Series 3: Photographs 1947-1975, n.d.

Series 4: Personal Life 1913-1986, n.d.

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