Recusant Collection

Plate from Filippo Buonanni's Ordinum Religiosorum in Ecclesia Militanti Catalogus Eorumque Indumenta in Iconibus Expressa. Case 5A 603, volume 1
Plate from Filippo Buonanni's Ordinum Religiosorum in Ecclesia Militanti Catalogus Eorumque Indumenta in Iconibus Expressa. Case 5A 603, volume 1

In 1970, the Newberry purchased a collection of more than 1,400 recusant works (books, pamphlets, literature, and manuscripts written by and about English Catholics between 1559 and 1829) from the antiquarian book dealer Ben Weinreb in London. The Newberry’s Rare Book Cataloger at the time, Bernard E. Wilson, maintained a separate card file of all materials acquired in this purchase, and this is available as a PDF file.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of recusant works in the Newberry collections; we held many recusant works prior to 1970 and we have continued to collect materials in this area. However, since there is no unified subject heading that collocates recusant works (you can locate these works in our online catalog by searching for their varied authors, titles, or subjects) Wilson’s file allows researchers the most convenient way to browse our holdings of recusant materials.

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