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The E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection

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​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. Edyta Materka, the author of the forthcoming book “Dystopia’s Provocateurs: Peasants, State, and Informality in the Polish-German Borderlands,” visited DRC for one week this past March to conduct research for her book in progress - Peasant Struggles in the Age of Disaster Capitalism - which focuses on local unpaid labor or "volunteering" on relief projects in post-disaster zones, both historically and in the present.
  • Cristina Casareale is a Ph.D. student in Civil and Environmental Protection at the Universita Politecnica della Marche in Ancona, Italy and is conducting research at DRC from February 2017 through August 2017. Cristina’s research focuses on maritime safety, such as the extent to which increasing complexity in the industry changes the capabilities and responsibilities of the Shipmaster as it relates to the Costa Concordia.

  • Jon Mooallem, an American journalist, author, and frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine, conducted research on reporter Genie Chance and her role in the immediate aftermath of the 1964 Alaska Earthquake.

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