The Valente Italian Library Visiting Fellows Program

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The Valente Italian Library, located on the third floor of the Walsh Library of Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, is composed of almost 30,000 books devoted to Italian history and culture. It is the second largest library collection in New Jersey, surpassed only by Rutgers. This endowed library is named after its benefactor, Sal Valente. Mr. Valente has supported the collection’s growth with a generous annual endowment since 1997. The library includes numerous monographs and most major reference series such as the Dizionario biografico degli Italiani; Rerum Italicarum Scriptores; Storia d'Italia UTET; Storia d'Italia Einaudi; Grande Dizionario Battaglia; Storia di Milano; Storia di Torino; Storia di Napoli; Storia della Sicilia; Storia di Venezia; Sanudo's Diarii; and Mussolini's Opera Omnia. The library is open to the public.

Each year the Charles and Joan Alberto Institute offers two visiting scholarships to bring one candidate at the end of his/her doctorate or at the early stage of his/her post-doctorate experience, and the other candidate at a more advanced stage of his/her career to spend one month at the university and conduct research at the Valente Italian Library.

Previous visiting fellows include Ilaria Poerio, Ph.D., who conducted a preliminary study on the cult of San Gennaro in the Italian-American communities of New Jersey and New York State, Martina Piperno, Ph.D., whose research focuses on Giacomo Leopardi, and Rosella Merlino, Ph.D., who conducted a preliminary comparative study between the memoirs and letters written by Sicilian mafia bosses and the selected memoirs of American Mafiosi. For a full list of visiting fellows and their activities see the description here.

For more information about the Valente Library please contact Dr. Marta Deyrup, librarian for the Valente collection marta.deyrup@shu.edu.
For more information on the Charles and Joan Alberto Institute’s fellowships, contact Dr. Gabriella Romani,of the Alberto Italian Studies Institute, at gabriella.romani@shu.edu.

Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, Ph.D.
Seton Hall University Libraries



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