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Gilson Collection
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Library

Gilson, Étienne, 1884-1978; Philosophy, Medieval; Philosophers, Medieval

From 1964 to 1968, the Rev. Harold B. Gardner, Chief Librarian, gathered together a collection of the works of Etienne Gilson. Since then, the library has purchased all editions and translations of the works of Gilson that have come to its attention.

The collection includes different editions of all the works of Etienne Gilson, works edited by Gilson, works with contributions by Gilson, off prints of artides, copies of book reviews, and translations of all different types of work. The geographic and chronological emphasis, as it applies to Gilson, is on France and Canada from 1884 to 1978. The archives of the Institute contain the personal papers and letters of Professor Gilson.


700 monographs; 800 off prints and photocopies.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. LC classification and LC subject headings are used. The holdings are recorded in the University of Toronto Union Catalogue, the National Library Union Catalogue, and UTLAS. The library contains all items listed in the bibliography Mélanges offerts à Étienne Gilson, de l'Académie française and ninety per cent of the items listed in the McGrath bibliography (see below).

Physical Access
Access to the collection is with the permission of the Chief Librarian. The collection is housed in the library of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: Yes.

Reprography: Yes.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Mélanges offerts à Étienne Gilson, de l'Academie française. -- Toronto : Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies; Paris : Librairie philosophique J. Vrin, 1959. McGrath, Margaret. -- Étienne Gilson: a bibliography = Étienne Gilson: une bibliographie. -- Toronto : Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies = Institut pontifical d'études médiévales, c1982.