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The Project

Project Team

Donna Guerin is the Director of Libraries at Gratz College. She has over 10 years of experience in academic libraries, archives and special collections. Part of Gratz's Leadership team, she has worked to develop greater access and resources for students and championed technological initiatives. Donna is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Gratz College.

Andrew Pollak, MLIS, Electronic Resources and Services Librarian, Gratz College.

Anthony DePaul, MBA, Project Manager, Gratz College.

Editorial Team

Dr. Nina Warnke is a scholar of Yiddish Studies and has published widely on Jewish immigrant popular culture. She has been a professor at Indiana University, the University of Texas at Austin and Vanderbilt University. She is a translator of Yiddish and German manuscripts and teaches at Gratz College.

Rachael Davis a PhD student in History at American University in Washington D.C. Here research interests include Women's and Gender History, Civil Rights and Social Justice, Black-Jewish Relations, Southern Jewish Women, Jewish Female Attorneys, Jewish Identity.

Founding Editor and Consultant

Dr. Julie A. Fisher is an educator and historian of early America. She has previously worked with the Yale Indian Papers Project, the National Park Service, and the American Philosophical Society. She has taught at the University of Delaware and Bard High School Early College. Currently she is a historian with the National Archives in Washington DC.

About the Project

Spearheaded by Dr. Zev Eleff and Donna Guerin, the Rebecca Gratz Digital Collection brings together the letters of Rebecca Gratz in one, easy-to-use online repository. Partnering with colleges, historical societies, museums, and libraries, physical collections were scanned and sent to the Gratz team to organize and arrange for online use. This site was built with the user in mind, allowing for simple sort and search functionality and readable text transcripts.

Working with an editorial team to transcribe and describe the letters, the vision was brought to life, allowing users anywhere to search and discover this important collection. The Rebecca Gratz Digital Collection hopes to bring the world of the Gratz family to new audiences for all levels of learning. 

This project was made possible with the cooperation and support of our partner institutions and our donors. For more information, go to our Partners and Donors page. 

This project was inspired by the life work of Dr. Dianne Ashton. Read about Dianne on her memorial page.