The Portal to Jesuit Studies

A free service provided by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, the Portal offers informed direction to some of the richest materials associated with the Society of Jesus located at a variety of websites.

The Portal grants online access to a curated and fully searchable collection of important primary sources and some of the latest secondary scholarship related to the history, spirituality, educational heritage, and pedagogy approach of the Society of Jesus.

The Portal also hosts online resources, such as key documents in Jesuit history and a forthcoming lexicon of Jesuit terminology–both of which will receive regular updating.

The Portal collaborates with partner institutions to include the contents of additional online resources in a single search. The Portal’s search feature aggregates the content and, often, full texts from a variety of sources, including:


Essential Documents

The Essential Documents is an online collection of some of the most important primary sources in Jesuit history. Materials include letters and addresses from the Fathers General, selected decrees and important addresses from the General Congregations, and papal bulls, remarks, and other statements to or about the Society of Jesus, with forthcoming additions planned. The Portal’s editors welcome contributions to–and suggestions for–this collection.


Jesuit Online Library

The Jesuit Online Library allows users to search 37 Jesuit titles, across more than 820 volumes, simultaneously or to browse single volumes individually. The collection includes books and journals in English, French, German, Spanish, Latin, and Portuguese, and searches can be refined by title, date, publication, or author.


Journal of Jesuit Studies

The Journal of Jesuit Studies is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal dedicated to the study of Jesuit history, publishing scholarly articles, interviews, and book reviews. Its contents are available in Open Access.


Jesuit Sources

Jesuit Sources publishes more than 100 volumes to promote its mission to preserve, maintain, and expand for scholars around the world important texts and studies in Jesuit history, spirituality, and pedagogy.


Jesuit Online Bibliography

The Jesuit Online Bibliography is a forthcoming database of bibliographical records on scholarship (books, chapters, articles, reviews, dissertation, and others materials) in the field of Jesuit Studies. To learn more, please contact


Jesuit Historiography Online

The Jesuit Historiography Online is an Open Access resource that will consist of more than 70 essays on a variety of topics and in a variety of disciplines associated with the history of the Society of Jesus.


International Symposia on Jesuit Studies

The symposia series is held annually, and selected presentations appear in volumes available in Open Access.
Using the Portal to search the volumes will be available soon.


Jesuitica Directory

The directory allows for the searching of the titles, authors, and subjects of the more than 1,000 volumes of Boston College Libraries’ Jesuitica collection now available online.


More about how you can collaborate with and contribute to the Portal can be found at Contributing to the Portal.