News at the Institute

Jesuit Online Necrology Available in Open Access

The Jesuit Online Necrology is now available in open access. The database allows for the exploration of the lives of the more than 32,000 men who died as members of the Society of Jesus between 1814 and 1970 by presenting the dates and places that each man was born, entered the Society, and died. Users can filter search results through numerous facets — such as places, date ranges, and the grade within the Society at the time of death. In addition, the aggregation of this personal information is expressed through different maps and visualizations. 

Jesuit Online Bibliography Available in Open Access

The Jesuit Online Bibliography is a free, multilingual, and fully searchable database of bibliographical records of scholarship in Jesuit Studies now available in Open Access at Editorial oversight is a collaborative effort between the Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, the Jesuitica Project at KU Leuven, and the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College.

About the Portal

A Catholic Library World article explains the story behind the Portal to Jesuit Studies–its origins, development, collaborators, and future plans. The article received the 2019 John Brubaker Award to recognize an outstanding work of literary merit.

Free access is now available to peer-reviewed essays based on presentations at the 2019 International Symposium on Jesuit Studies, “Engaging Sources: The Tradition and Future of Collecting History in the Society of Jesus.” Additional essays will be published on a rolling basis.

In August 2021, the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies has awarded its second annual New Scholar Essay Prize for Catholic Studies in the Americas to Kelly L. Schmidt for her essay based on her presentation at the symposium, “‘Regulations for Our Black People’: Reconstructing the Experiences of Enslaved People in the United States through Jesuit Records.”