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Emmett Joseph Leahy is regarded as the originator of the Records and Information Management field. As a tribute to Emmett Leahy, an icon of Records and Information Management, the Emmett Leahy Award was constituted in 1967 in the United States. The Emmett Leahy Award is known to be the greatest independent recognition of the individuals who have had major impact on the field of information management. This award honors the innovation, dedication and outstanding contributions by an individual globally every year. The selection of the winner is made by the independent Emmett Leahy Award Committee, which consists of the past Leahy Award winners.


A nominee for the award does not need to have specific professional or educational background. Also, it is not necessary to for one to be a member of any specific professional body or have certifications with regard to archiving or records and information management. It is necessary that the individuals have to be nominated from any country around the world. The recent winners of this prestigious award are from India, Hong Kong, Italy, Canada, United Kingdom and United States.

Emmett Leahy Award Committee[edit]

The Emmett Leahy Award Committee is responsible for selecting the annual Emmett Leahy Award recipient. The committee is independent and not associated with any other organization. The Leahy Award Committee is composed of the past winners of the Leahy Award.[1]

  • Julie McLeod (2014), Chair [2] [3]
  • Jason R. Baron (2011) [4]
  • Adrian Brown (2016) [5]
  • Simon F. K. Chu (2019) [6]
  • Galina Datskovsky (2013) [7]
  • David Giaretta (2012) [8]
  • Dinesh Katre (2020) [9] [10]
  • Trudy Huskamp Peterson (2018) [11]
  • Victoria Lemieux (2015) [12]
  • Richard Marciano (2017) [13]

Emmett J. Leahy (1910-1964)[edit]

Emmett “Ed” Leahy started his pioneering career as an archivist at the National Archives in 1935 after which he moved to the US Navy Department as Director of Records Administration. Later, he also worked at National Microfilm Sales as Manager for Remington Rand. He established the National Records Council in 1948, a not-for-profit organization for creating awareness about the importance of records management. He became the chair of Records Management Task Force for the Hoover Commission during 1947-48. Leahy also established Leahy Business Archives and Leahy & Company, to offer consultancy services in records management which he managed until his early demise in 1964.[14][15][16][17]


Recent award winners are:

Year Recipient Nationality or Base Country
2020 Dinesh Katre [18] India
2019 Simon Chu [19] Hong Kong
2018 Trudy Peterson United States
2017 Richard Marciano [20] United States
2016 Adrian Brown United Kingdom
2015 Victoria Lemieux Canada
2014 Julie McLeod United Kingdom
2013 Galina Datskovsky United States
2012 David Giaretta United Kingdom
2011 Jason R. Baron [21] United States
2010 Adrian Cunningham Australia
2009 Maria Guercio Italy
2008 Kenneth Thibodeau United States
2007 Anne Thurston United Kingdom
2006 Luciana Duranti Canada
2005 Charles Dollar United States
2004 Eugenia Brumm United States
2003 Bruce Miller Canada
2002 Christine Ardern Canada
2001 John T. Phillips United States
2000 Mary F. Robek United States
1999 John McDonald Canada

Refer external link for Emmett Leahy Awardees from 1967-1998 [22]

See also[edit]

  • Information Management Body of Knowledge
  • Records management
  • Knowledge management
  • Archival science
  • Information technology
  • Information system
  • Project management
  • Data management
  • Content management
  • Digital preservation
  • Digital humanities
  • Big data


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  10. "Presentation of 2020 Emmett Leahy Award to Dr. Dinesh Katre - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  11. "2018 Emmett Leahy Award: Dr. Trudy Huskamp Peterson - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  12. "Dr. Victoria Lemieux Wins Emmett Leahy Award 2015". Emmett Leahy Award. Retrieved 10 November 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. dcic_admin (2017-09-16). "9/12/2017: Dr. Richard Marciano Receives the Emmett Leahy Award • Digital Curation Innovation Center". Digital Curation Innovation Center. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  14. Angel, Herbert (1964-10-01). "Emmett Joseph Leahy 1910-1964". The American Archivist. 27 (4): 507–509. doi:10.17723/aarc.27.4.424613q66812t755. ISSN 0360-9081.
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  16. Duranti, Luciana; et al. (2019). Encyclopedia of Archival Writers, 1515 - 2015. United States: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 978-1538125793. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
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