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The E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection


​E.L. Quarantelli Collection

​In addition to maintaining its own databases, 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 on the social and behavioral science aspects of disasters. Now numbering more than 70,000 items, the Collection is open to both interested scholars and agencies involved in emergency management. This premier collection includes documents and publications not readily available elsewhere. The Center has its own book, monograph, and report series.

Collection Spotlight: Cross-Cultural Collaboration

DRC Welcomes Visiting Scholars

One of the elements that makes the DRC a vibrant center of research is its frequent hosting of visiting scholars. Researchers from around the world travel to the DRC to interact with our faculty researchers and graduate students, and more often than not, to utilize the E. L. Quarantelli Resource Collection.

The Resource Collection not only provides a unique and vast collection of information to visiting scholars but also benefits from their direct contributions of material. DRC has a strong history of cross-cultural collaboration with non-U.S. researchers, and while the Resource Collection reflects that collaboration through the presence of non-English language material donated by or through visiting scholars, we are always looking to expand this segment of the Collection. Such expansion is vital to providing a useful cross-section of thoughts and ideas regarding how disaster research and related concepts are viewed around the world. This, in turn, ensures that researchers can benefit as much as possible from lessons illustrated through the global disaster literature.

Recent visitors include:

  • Dr. Cècile Stehrenberger, University of Zurich, who is conducting ongoing research regarding the history of the disaster research field. Specifically, she is examining material in the Fritz Collection, the professional papers of Charles Fritz, one of the early pioneers of the disaster research field.
  • Dr. Tony McAleavy, Centre for Disaster Management and Hazards Research, Coventry University, whose research looked at interoperability and community resilience.

  • Dr. Joe Scanlon, Carleton University, whose most recent research focus was on terrorist situations, lock-downs, and sheltering in place.

We look forward to continuing the strong tradition of hosting visiting scholars to the DRC in the future. 

Apply to be a DRC visiting scholar! 

Learn more about DRC's visiting scholar program.

If you have disaster research related publications in non-English languages that you are interested in contributing to the ELQ Resource Collection, please email Collection Coordinator Pat Young at

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 us at

Collection Staff

Pat Young

​Resource Collection Coordinator

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The E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection
  • Disaster Research Center
  • University of Delaware
  • 166 Graham Hall, 111 Academy Street
  • Newark, DE 19716 U.S.A
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  • Phone: 302-831-6618