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European Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project

This is the largest census of books owned by European Jesuit institutions prior to the suppression.  It includes both texts currently held in libraries and information from pre-1773 inventories, and is an ongoing project created by Kathleen Comerford (Georgia Southern University).

The EJLPP depends not only on libraries willing to share their collections, but on student interns. Rudy Bond, M.A. (GSU 2019) was our first (AY 2018-2019), and worked extensively on the Flickr and Instagram sites.  Jasmine Webb, B.A. (GSU 2019) began our repository at Digital Commons (Spring 2019); summer 2019 interns in 2019 Samantha Sanchez, Michael Sullivan, and Nesha Wright (history undergraduate majors) worked on Digital Commons and Instagram.  In AY 2019-2020, Lauren Della Piazza Hartke is our graduate assistant; in Fall 2019, Christopher Camp is our undergrad intern.  Both are working on Digital Commons and Instagram.

Conferences and Societies of Interest
Other Digital Humanities Projects at Georgia Southern University
Jesuit Library Resources

Jesuits and Their Books: start here to read more about recent research on global Jesuit libraries.

Jesuit Archival Sources: Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, the archive of the Superior General, in Rome--links to official publications of the Society, information about the archive and the Society, etc.

The Jesuit Portal at Boston College, the portal to the Jesuitica Project at the University of Leuven

The Jesuit Science Network has information about books and authors in the collection

Sion College Library Provenance Project (books now at Lambeth Palace Library)

University of Barcelona database of former owners:

Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon: provenance des livres anciens

Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project, a similar project at Loyola University Chicago, coordinated by Kyle Roberts


Canterbury Cathedral Chapter Library Provenance wiki (see under "J" for individual Jesuit colleges)

Other Provenance Projects

Currently, in addition to this project on Jesuit books, I am working on the relationship between the Medici (grand) duchesses and the Jesuits, up through the 1630s.

My most recent monograph is Jesuit Foundations and Medici Power, 1532-1621. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017.

I edited and wrote the introduction for a special issue of Journal of Jesuit Studies: History of Jesuit Libraries around the World, 1541-2013 (2015, issue 2.2).

My earlier monographs were Reforming Priests and Parishes: Tuscan Dioceses in the First Century of Seminary Education (Boston: Brill, 2006) and Ordaining the Catholic Reformation: Priests and Seminary Pedagogy in Fiesole, 1575-1675 (Florence: Olschki, 2001).

I have also published articles in several journals and books, including Libraries and Culture, Sixteenth Century Journal, and Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu, and have been a co-editor of three collected-studies volumes.

I am the Associate Editor of the Journal of Jesuit Studies.  Brill Publishers is a strong supporter of Jesuit Studies, and hosts both the JJS and the reference work Jesuit Historiography Online.  You can find my article on Italian Jesuits prior to the suppression here.

I am a member of the following professional organizations:

Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

Renaissance Society of America

American Historical Association

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing

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