Leon J. Stout

Lee Stout is Librarian Emeritus and former Head of Public Services and Outreach for the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at the Penn State University Libraries, retiring in October, 2007.  From 1974 to September 2001, he served as Penn State’s university archivist.  He also directed oral history projects, taught archives courses in the library studies and history programs, and still does public presentations on campus history and architecture. At Penn State, he was an elected faculty senator, member of the University Promotion and Tenure Committee, and chaired or served on numerous faculty and administrative committees.


He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Penn State and the Master of Library Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.  He is the author of a number of articles, chapters and book reviews on archival topics and Penn State history, and wrote the state assessment report, Historical Records in Pennsylvania, for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.  His book, Ice Cream U, the Story of the Nation’s Most Successful Collegiate Creamery, was published by the Penn State Libraries in 2009. In 2010 it was named to the “Best of the Best from the University Presses” list by the Public Library Association and Association of American School Librarians.


He has been a frequent presenter at archival meetings, and has been a consultant to colleges and universities, governmental archives, corporations, and historical societies.  He served on the American Team for the InterPARES 1 project and as an advisory board member for Lockheed-Martin in the initial development of the Electronic Records Archives for NARA.  Originally appointed by Governor Robert P. Casey in 1989, he was a member of the Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board until 2010, and served on the U. S. National Historical Publications and Records Commission from 2002 to 2009 and chaired its Executive Committee.  He has been Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and served as Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Society of American Archivists.  In 1996, he was named a Fellow of the Society, its highest individual award.



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