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Emilie Gagnet Leumas, PhD is Director of Archives and Records at the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She is a certified archivist and certified records manager. She is an active member of the Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivist, Association of Records Managers & Administrators, International Congress on Archives, and Society of American Archivists. She served as president of the Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists and currently serves as chair/president of the ICA-Section for Archives of Faith Traditions. She has presented conference papers at local, national and international meetings on Catholic Church records, archival research methods, archives and records management and disaster recovery. Her publications include Managing Diocesan Archives and Records: A Guide for Bishops, Chancellors and Archivists (2012, with Audrey P. Newcomer and John J. Treanor). Dr. Leumas received national/international recognition for her disaster recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina.


John J. Treanor, M.A. is Vice Chancellor for Archives and Records at the Archdiocese of Chicago. His previous professional positions include Assistant Archivist for the Archdiocese of Boston and Curator of the Massachusetts State Archives. He is a Certified Archivist and Certified Records Manager and refers to himself and anEnterprise-wide Information Content Manager.” Mr. Treanor is an active member in the Society of American Archivists and Association of Records Managers & Administrators. In 2005 he was named a Fellow of the Society of American Archivist. Twenty-four Roman Catholic Dioceses and Religious Orders have sought his expertise in evaluating the status and future direction for the archives/record keeping programs. John Treanor has been the primary advocate for the integration of current records management with archival administration emphasizing the management of electronic records. He is considered the leading Catholic Diocesan authority in electronic records management.


Diocesan Archives: Setting the Standard for a New Model

Brief summary:

Supported by the Section for Archives of Faith Traditions, this long panel presentation will address and explore the unique challenges and successful implementations of an integrated archives and records management program for diocesan archives.


Over the last 25 years, the function of diocesan archives has changed from historical collections to interactive archives and records management programsToday, a diocesan archives is a defined and structured program committed to the ongoing management of all diocesan records from the act of creation through  active and inactive phases to the point of ultimate decision, either destruction or transfer to the archives. In accordance with Canon Law, diocesan archives consist of three parts: the general archives, the historical archives and the access-restricted archives (archivo segreto). Through collaborative efforts, professional development, mentoring and consulting, this new model has developedThis session will explore the challenges and successful implementations of this model in various dioceses both large and smallThe speakers will discuss the catalysts for change and review current interpretations of canon laws in regard to archives. Data collected from 176 dioceses in the United States are the basis for the historical study of the development of the diocesan archives, the trend in hiring professionally trained archivists and the development of an integrated archives and records management program.  Participants will gain insight into the development of the model, strategies for implementation and the long range sustainability of an integrated program.

Scientific contribution:

Over the past 25 years, the nature of the diocesan archives in the United States has changedThese changes have led the authors to study 176 dioceses in the United States and develop a comprehensive approach to archives and records management. Based on their guide, Managing Diocesan Archives and Records: A Guide for Bishops, Chancellors, and Archivists, this session will contribute to the overall understanding of an integrated diocesan archives and records management program.


diocesan archives, religious archives, records management, integrated programs, information management, faith traditions