FLORENCE, S.C. – The microforms and bound periodicals room in Francis Marion University’s James A. Rogers Library has been named after retiring FMU history professor Emily Lorraine de Montluzin.
“The E. Lorraine de Montluzin Research Room” was dedicated during a ceremony at the library May 6.
At the ceremony, FMU President Luther F. Carter also announced the establishment of the Emily Lorraine de Montluzin Endowed Fund for Library Enhancement. The fund has been created under the auspices of the Francis Marion University Foundation and is designed to provide in perpetuity, through its earnings, for the purchase of books to add to the library's collection and thus to strengthen the resources available to faculty, staff, and students.
“No one is more deserving of this recognition than Lorraine,” said Carter. “For more than 30 years, she has dedicated herself to scholarship, teaching and service. It is fitting that the room where she spent so many hours doing academic research will now bear her name.”
De Montluzin has researched and published seven scholarly books and numerous articles from the collections in Rogers Library.
“Lorraine uses our resources and facilities so much that it is her second home,” said library dean Paul Dove. “We have joked about her camping out at the microfilm readers. Even when she spends summer time off at her gulf coast Mississippi home, she requests interlibrary loans from us so that she can pursue her research there.”
De Montluzin retires this month after 31 years of service at FMU. Her many distinctions at FMU include being named Distinguished Professor in 1988 and a Trustees Research Scholar in 2002. She is also a member of five honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, and has been the recipient of several prestigious fellowships. Before beginning her career at FMU, she graduated summa cum laude, with honors in history, from Tulane University, and thereafter earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University.
As a professor of history, de Montluzin has taught a wide array of courses in Georgian and Victorian Britain, the cultural and intellectual history of 18th- and 19th-century Europe, and the history of medieval Europe, including six for FMU’s Honors Program. As a scholar, she has published 24 articles and seven books, many pertaining to British press history, including a 1,700-page electronic database of items in Georgian England’s Gentlemen’s Magazine. She has made dozens of presentations at academic conferences and area schools and is a member of numerous historical, academic and civic organizations.
“Lorraine’s greatest contributions to FMU arguably reside in her leadership,” said Jon W. Tuttle, FMU professor of English and fellow Trustees Research Scholar. She has been a member (and frequently chair) of many departmental and university committees, including the Faculty Senate, the Academic Council, and the Faculty Life and Academic Freedom and Tenure Grievance Committees. In 2000, she received FMU’s first Shared Governance Award.
De Montluzin recently accepted an appointment as editor of the Journal of Press History, a new, online scholarly journal to be permanently affiliated with FMU.
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