European Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project

European Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project

Professor of History and Pre-Law Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Comerford

The European Jesuit Library Provenance Project's purpose is to create a census of books owned by Jesuit college and house libraries between the foundation of the Society of Jesus in 1540 through the suppression in the second half of the 18th century. You can find our web page at, where we also post spreadsheets with our data and identify all the students and librarians who have contributed, as well as give credit to those organizations and institutions which have supported the EJLPP since its inception in 2015 and its formal launch in 2018. We hope to find patterns and trends in Jesuit book ownership, and to investigate the Society’s early and developing educational practices. Among the questions we are asking are the following: What were they supposed to teach, and did the books they owned support that curriculum? What was teaching like for Jesuits? What made these books and libraries “Jesuit”? How did they collect the books they owned?

We also have a presence on Facebook (, Instagram ( and Flickr (

This Digital Commons site is a portion of that census, containing all the images for which we may claim copyright. It operates under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


Browse the European Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project Collections:

European Jesuit Libraries Provenance Data Spreadsheets, Jesuit Author Biographies, and Administrative Documents

European Jesuit Libraries Provenance Images (Indexed by Book Title)

European Jesuit Libraries Provenance Images (Indexed by Library)