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. Our tenth assistant, Baoxin Lau (BA student), completed her semester with us in Spring 2021! Sunce then, we've had two more students and are hoping for lucky #13 soon. Students have created and maintained the Digital Commons site, worked on biographies for Jesuit authors, and helped me create the lists of women printers. I'm so proud of the work they all have done, and grateful to Georgia Southern for its tremendous support.
Conferences and Societies of Interest
Other Digital Humanities Projects at Georgia Southern University
History of the Book and of Libraries Resources, Especially Those Related to Jesuits
My 2022 Jesuit Libraries (Brill, in OpenAccess) is a broad study of pre- and post-suppression collections held by the Society of Jesus; I also edited (2015) Jesuits and Their Books, an issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies
Jesuit Archival Sources: at Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, the archive of the Superior General (Rome)
The Jesuit Science Network has information about books and authors in the collection
"The Swedish Booty of Books from Bohemia and Moravia 1646-1648": books associated with the College of Olomouc
Harvard University has extensive resources associated with the history of the book
Database of the Riga Jesuit College Collection (English-language version)
Canterbury Cathedral Chapter Library Provenance wiki (see under "J" for individual Jesuit colleges)
Other Provenance Projects
MY OTHER RESEARCH: Highlights
Currently, in addition to this project on Jesuit books, I am working on the Medici (grand) duchesses, up through the 1630s, and I have an ongoing student-driven project on women printers (housed at this website too).
My earlier monographs were: Jesuit Foundations and Medici Power, 1532-1621 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017), 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: