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E.L.Q. Collection Spotlight

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Featured New Acquisitions

The William A. Anderson Collection

Coming Soon to the E.L. Quarantelli Resource collection!

Collection staff recently traveled to the home of Norma Doneghy Anderson in Silver Spring, Maryland to collect the professional papers of the late Dr. William A. Anderson. This treasure-trove of disaster research and information includes draft manuscripts, raw data, working files, notes, and items collected from Dr. Anderson’s travels to disaster sites around the world. Along with these valuable original source materials, a generous donation of disaster-related books and published works will be added to the current holdings of the resource collection.

We are also pleased to announce that Dr. Anderson’s papers will serve as the cornerstone of a new repository of disaster research materials produced by minority scholars and for the benefit of underrepresented communities. Planning is underway for this exciting addition to the resource collection, and more information will be available in the coming months! Dr. Anderson’s papers are currently being processed for acquisition and a finding aid will be made available on the E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection page of the DRC website as materials become available. in the meantime, please direct any questions or comments to

Past Spotlights & New Acquisitions

The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) in Erbil, Iraq.

The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) Archive

May 16, 2018 - The E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection is pleased to announce the arrival of The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) Archive, developed in partnership with the University of Delaware’s Art Conservation Department through the work of Art Conservation student Taylor Pearlstein. A cross-section of resources is featured on the Iraqi Institute Archive page.

We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time

From HarperCollins: "The true story of how a group of chefs fed hundreds of thousands of hungry Americans after Hurricane Maria and touched the hearts of many more

Chef José Andrés arrived in Puerto Rico four days after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island. The economy was destroyed and for most people, there was no clean water, no food, no power, no gas, and no way to communicate with the outside world.

Based on Andrés’s insider’s take as well as on meetings, messages, and conversations he had while in Puerto Rico, We Fed an Island movingly describes how a network of community kitchens activated real change and tells an extraordinary story of hope in the face of disasters both natural and man-made, offering suggestions for how to address a crisis like this in the future. "

Listen to an interview with Chef Andrés on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross here.

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