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Counter-Reformation Collection
University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library

Catholic Church--Apologetic works; Catholic Church--Catechisms and creeds; Spiritual life--Catholic authors; Counter-Reformation

The collection officially began in 1969 with money allocated from the Varsity Fund. Materials already in St. Michael's College Library and the former St. Basil's Seminary Library were integrated. The collection has since been sustained with special grants.

The collection is one of the strongest Counter-Reformation collections in North America. It includes material on the Catholic Church from the Council of Trent to the French Revolution. The geographic and chronological emphasis of the collection is western Europe, from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. Eastern European materials are also included although there are fewer of them. The collection is composed almost exclusively of rare books.


3,500 monographs.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. LC subject headings are used. The material is classified according to LC and An alternative classification for Catholic books by J. M. Lynn, revised by G. Peterson (Washington, D. C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1965). There is also a special bibliography (see below). The holdings are recorded in the University of Toronto Union Catalogue, the National Library Union Catalogue, and UTLAS.

Physical Access
The collection is in the Rare Book Room which is open to the public. For further information visit: .

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Yes.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
St. Michael's College (Toronto, Ont.). Library. -- A short-title handlist of books in the Counter Reformation Collection of St.Michael's College Library. -- Compiled by Elissa Pane. -- Toronto : St. Michael's College Library, 1971.