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The E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection

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About the Collection


​E.L. Quarantelli Collection

​In addition to maintaining its own databases, the DRC is a repository for materials collected by other agencies and researchers. The E. L. Quarantelli Resource Collection contains the world’s most complete collection of disaster-related material, with a particular emphasis on the social and behavioral science aspects of disasters. Now numbering more than 125,000 items, the Collection is open to interested scholars and agencies involved in disaster research. This premier collection includes documents and publications not readily available elsewhere, and acquisition priorities include the collection of rare or otherwise unavailable items and documents. The Center also maintains its own book, monograph, and report series.

Collection Staff Annoucement

Valerie Marlowe, Assistant Director of Archives and Collections at the Diaster Research Center

Dear Colleagues and Friends in the Disaster Research Community,

The Disaster Research Center is pleased to announce that Valerie Marlowe has taken a newly established position as Assistant Director for Archives and Collections! Her expertise in both disaster research and archiving emphasizes the importance of the E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection for the disaster research and practice community. She brings a unique combination of experience: as a former responder with the American Red Cross and now in her research on archiving of disaster-related materials, especially the archiving and cultural heritage preservation of materials after the 9/11 attacks in New York City. In this new role, she will continue to expand the scope and content of the E.L Quarantelli Resource Collection, data archive, and collection of disaster-related artifacts. She will also take an important lead in strategic planning and oversight for the collection, which remains one of the premier repositories of disaster-related material in the world. A warm welcome to Valerie Marlowe!


James Kendra and Tricia Wachtendorf
Directors, Disaster Research Center

Pat Young Award for Most Innovative Use of the E.L. Quarantelli Collection

​Pat Young with our three recent visiting scholars, from Australia, China, and Japan. June 13, 2018.

​In honor and appreciation of her years of dedication to the field, the Disaster Research Center is pleased to announce the establishment of the Pat Young Award for Most Innovative Use of the E.L. Quarantelli Collection. Established for an initial term of 10 years, each year one award of $100 will be given to an individual who has used the E.L. Quarantelli collection in a way that demonstrates creativity, advancement to their discipline, or advancement to practice and community well-being. Awards will be given based on work conducted or newly completed in the calendar year. In some special circumstances, it may also be awarded for long-term and sustained use. More information about the award and the nomination process will be announced shortly, but gifts in support of this award or the E.L. Quarantelli collection in honor of Pat Young are welcomed.

Schedule a Visit

​​​​​The E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection at the Disaster Research Center is open to all researchers. For general inquiries related to the Collection or to schedule a visit, please email

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  • University of Delaware
  • 166 Graham Hall, 111 Academy Street
  • Newark, DE 19716 U.S.A
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