ESS De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant

About the ESS De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant The grant supports research in European studies with an emphasis on librarianship, the book trade, resource documentation and similar information-science related topics. The grant was established in 2011 by ACRL WESS under the sponsorship of the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research [Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Forschung]. Beginning with the 2018 award season, the grant will be managed by ACRL ESS. €2,500 donated by the De Gruyter Foundation to cover travel to and from Europe and transportation, room, and board in Europe, for up to thirty (30) consecutive days.  

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2019 Winner(s)

Jennifer K. Nelson

Reference Librarian at the Robbins Collection, University of California-Berkeley School of Law, for her project “Iucundum mihi est reperiri typographum: A Case Study of an Early Modern Publishing Success Story.”

Nelson’s project will focus on archival research of letters by the humanist Gian Vittorio Rossi (1577-1647) to Roman publishers and booksellers, which reveals the publishing landscape in the 17th century Europe encompassing authors, publishers, sellers, and readers. This research also aims to shed light on the publication history of Rossi’s works, his pseudonyms, and his late-in-life, partly posthumous, publishing success as a satirist.

“The committee thought Nelson’s proposal stood out both for its depth and interdisciplinary scope,” said award co-chairs Lana Soglasnova of the University of Toronto and Kristen Totleben of the University of Rochester. “She links the little-known unpublished primary sources in the Italian and Latin languages to current topics in history of books, literary taste, ideas, and culture. Nelson will examine Rossi’s correspondence held at the Vatican Library and at the Archivio della Congregazione dell’Oratorio di San Filippo Neri in Rome, Italy.”