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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 (scamss): 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

Scope and Contents

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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

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

Permanent URL:
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1