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Marta Mestrovic Deyrup Wins De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant

Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, Ph.D. won the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) / Slavic and East European Section (SEES) De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant for her project “C’era una volta: a guide to print materials published by and about the Italian minority communities of Dalmatia and Istria in the 20th and 21st centuries.” Dr. Deyrup is Professor and Technical Services Librarian (Head of Technical Services) at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. She is their subject specialist for Classics, Modern Languages, Russian and East European Studies, and the Valente Italian Library.

From 2006 to 2011, she was also Co-director of the Elizabeth Ann Seton Center for Women‘s Studies, College of Arts and Sciences. She is also a Part-Time Lecturer at the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey.

Sponsored by the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research, the grant provides €2,500 to support a trip to Europe. The primary criterion for awarding the grant is the significance and utility of the proposed project as a contribution to the study of the acquisition, organization or use of library resources from or relating to Europe.

Professor Deyrup will receive the award check during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. “This project exemplifies the commitment of WESS-SEES librarians to identify and preserve cultural heritage materials published by and about ethnic groups living within or dispersed among larger communities,” said award chair Heidi Madden of Duke University.

Dr. Deyrup’s project focuses on Italian-language resources published by and about the Italian minority communities of Dalmatia and Istria for the past two centuries and will involve substantial archival work. Dalmatia is a constituent part of Croatia. Istria is divided between Slovenia and Croatia and Croatian Istria has a sizable Italian minority.

This research will result in an annotated bibliography, a directory of the publishing houses in Croatia and Italy that handle these materials and a narrative addressing the historical and cultural significance of these resources. Professor Deyrup has contributed a number of chapters to books and entries to encyclopedias and has co-edited seven books.

Dr. Deyrup received her B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, her M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Columbia University, her M.L.S. from Rutgers University and her M.Phil and Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Columbia University. She is a member if the ALA; the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures; the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies; the Modern Languages Association; the Slavic and Eastern European Section, Association of College and Research Libraries; the Croatian Academy of Americal; and Beta Phi Mu Honor Society, Omicron section.

Walter de Gruyter, Ph.D. (1862–1923) was the founder of an academic publishing house. In 2006, three of his grand-daughters, the publishing house, and some associates established the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship & Research.

He had earned his doctorate with a concentration on Middle High German literature before he attempted with his brother to run the family coal-trading firm, but they were forced to liquidate it under competitive pressure in Rhineland and Westphalia. In October of 1895, he went to work for the publishing house of Georg Reimer.

Fifteen months later, he purchased it. In addition to Reimer, he acquired the publishing houses of Göschen, Guttentag, Trübner, and Veit.

He operated them as independent publishing houses as the Vereinigung Wissenschaftlicher Verleger (“Association of Academic Publishers”). Finally, in 1923, they merged and became units of Walter de Gruyter & Co.

It remains a family-owned company. His descendants - members of the third, fourth, and fifth generations of the family to run the business - established the foundation 109 years after his publishing career began.

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