LSU's Emilie Leumas, PhD Inducted as Distinguished Fellow of the Society of American Archivist

July 27, 2022

Baton Rouge, LA – Emilie Gagnet Leumas, PhD will be inducted as a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) on August 25th. Leumas is an adjunct professor in the School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) at LSU where she teaches graduate courses in the Graduate Certificate in Records & Information Management (CRIM), the Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies (CARST), and the Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS). 

Leumas is a certified archivist and certified records manager. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of archives and records management. Leumas holds leadership positions in national and international archives organizations, including chairing the International Council on Archives (ICA) Sections, ICA Expert Group on Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness and representing ICA at Blue Shield International. Leumas received national and international recognition for her efforts in disaster recovery after Hurricane Katrina. Her efforts of helping the city of New Orleans gave her the opportunity to receive the 2006 SAA Spotlight Award. She has participated in recovery efforts after local and regional disasters, especially those related to flooding in south Louisiana. She has presented conference papers, facilitated workshops and guest lectured at local, state, national and international meetings on subjects including disaster recovery, risk management, salvaging wet records, protecting cultural heritage, archives management, and records management. Her book publications include Speaking French in Louisiana 1720-1955 (Louisiana State University Press, 2018); Managing Diocesan Archives and Records: A Guide for Bishops, Chancellors and Archivists (Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists, 2012); and Roots of Faith: History of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (2009).

Regarding this honor, Tao Jin, PhD coordinator of the CRIM program notes, "Dr. Leumas has been teaching for us since 2018. She is not only a knowledgeable expert in the field of records management with impressive credentials, but also an enthusiastic educator and mentor who shares and imparts her knowledge and wisdom to many students. I am honored to be one of her colleagues, greatly appreciate the critically important contributions she has made to the LSU School of Library and Information Science, and cannot wait to celebrate this new achievement with her."

Furthermore, SLIS Director, Carol Barry, PhD notes, “The Society of American Archivists could not select a better Distinguished Fellow. Dr. Leumas’ years of service locally, nationally, and internationally reflect her ongoing commitment to archives and records management. SLIS remains honored that she passes along her knowledge and expertise to our students who routinely comment on her outstanding mentorship.”

Leumas received a doctorate from LSU in French Studies, and began her archival and records management career as assistant archivist, and subsequently archivist, for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. In 2007, she became director of archives and records for the Archdiocese of New Orleans while also actively serving as a professional consultant for EGL Consultants, LLC. 

Established in 1957, the distinction of Fellow is the highest honor bestowed on individuals by SAA and is awarded for outstanding contributions to the archives profession. Leumas is one of six new Fellows to be named in 2022. She will be inducted in Boston, Massachusetts on August 25th during the SAA Annual Meeting. 

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