The Boston College Jesuit Bibliography

The New Sommervogel Online (NSO)

The Boston College Jesuit Bibliography is a comprehensive online bibliography covering books, book chapters, journal articles and book reviews pertaining to the exponentially growing field of Jesuit Studies. In addition to basic bibliographic information, entries include abstracts, detailed subject headings, direct links to items in electronic format where available, and links to an item's WorldCat entries, which show where it may be located. The database covers more than 1,300 periodicals and is updated regularly. Thanks to generous support of the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College, it is offered as an open-access resource.


From its very beginnings in the sixteenth century the Society of Jesus has maintained a unique tradition of bibliographic recordkeeping of works by and about Jesuits, starting with Pedro de Ribadeneyra’s Bibliotheca Scriptorum Societatis Iesu (1643). The largest and most authoritative of these efforts is the nineteenth-century Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus by the Alsatian Jesuit Carlos Sommervogel. In the twentieth century, the Hungarian Jesuit László Polgár carried on this work at the Rome-based Jesuit Historical Institute. More recently the Catholic University of Leuven has also been collecting bibliographic citations about the Jesuits.

Continuing in this tradition with the tools of the digital humanities, the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College has begun work on The Boston College Jesuit Bibliography: The New Sommervogel. Edited by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, this rich online resource allows scholars to more rapidly familiarize themselves with Jesuit Studies, a field that has seen explosive growth in the past decade due to increased attention to previously understudied areas of the Society’s influence, such as Jesuit ethnohistory, mathematics, science, and theater. In 2013 alone, there were over 1,200 scholarly publications on the Jesuits. Given the field’s increasing popularity and the additional surge of interest in the Society due to Pope Francis’s pontificate, Jesuit Studies will likely remain a field of sustained growth for many years to come. We hope that The New Sommervogel will be a central catalyst in this upward trajectory.

Editorial Board

Edited by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston College

Associate Editor
Cristiano Casalini, Boston College/University of Parma

Assistant Editor
Kasper Volk, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston College

Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies Boston College 9 Lake Street Brighton, MA 02135 USA


This bibliography offers information on a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) Church History, Missiology, Theology & World Christianity, Global History, Hispanic Studies, Asian Studies, African Studies, History of Science & Medicine, Art History, Book History, and Literature & Cultural Studies.

Biographical Note

Founded at Boston College in 2014, the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies seeks to deepen understanding and appreciation for the history, spirituality, educational heritage, and pedagogical approaches of the Society of Jesus. The Institute aims to serve as a dynamic and collaborative scholarly resource—both at Boston College and around the world—for important coursework, publications, symposia, online materials, and other programs. Content from the bibliography is aggregated into the Institute's Portal to Jesuit Studies.