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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Jansenism in France Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.25 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Jansenism was a religious movement based on the teachings of the theologian Cornelius Jansen (1585-1638). His doctrines held that human beings cannot achieve goodness without the intervention of God's grace and that a minority of individuals has been predestined by God for salvation. Consists of a collection of papers related to the Jansenist controversy in France in the 18th century.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of a collection of papers related to the Jansenist controversy in France in the 18th century. Included are two printed pamphlets by Pope Benedict XIII (1728) and Pope Benedict XIV (1756) concerning the papal bull UNIGENITUS (1713), and 23 manuscripts, in Italian, Latin and French, primarily contemporary copies of letters and documents by Cardinal Louis-Antoine Noailles, Pope Clement XI, Pope Benedict XIV, Louis XV, King of France, and Pope Clement XIII to the Bishop of Liege, Cardinal Albizzi, G. Languet de Gergy, Archbishop of Sens, and others regarding Pasquier Quesnel's Jansensim. Also present are two songs (ca. 1752) in French and Italian, voicing popular opinion of the Parliament of Paris.

The numbers in brackets refer to the Phillipps item numbers.


Organized in folder groups by the former Phillipps catalog numbers.

Collection History


From the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps (Ms. Nos. 6284, 7548, 7559, 7582, 7611, 7617, 7661).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2003. Finding aid written in 2003.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Jansenism in France Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1