Sunday, March 13, 2005

Nos Los Inquisidores - Harley L. McDevitt Collection on the Spanish Inquisition

Nos Los Inquisidores - Harley L. McDevitt Collection on the Spanish Inquisition. Extensive collection of documents from the Spanish Inquisition, maintained at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

From the site:

In November 1996 the University of Notre Dame purchased from Libreria Porrua in Madrid a significant collection of books and manuscripts relating to the activities and history of the Inquisition in Spain, Portugal and the New World. The core of the collection had been purchased by José Porrua from a private Spanish collector in the mid 20th century. Understanding the importance of the collection, the Porrua family continued to acquire materials until the collection reached its current size of 565 items. Through an estate gift of Harley L. McDevitt (ND '29) the University of Notre Dame was fortunate to acquire the entire collection in 1996.

The strength of the collection lies in its diversity of materials representing the Spanish Inquisition. Nationally, this collection complements and builds upon well-known Inquisition collections at the University of Pennsylvania and Indiana University.

Although the Inquisition was in force in Spain in the 14th century, it was not until the late 15th century with the marriage of Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon that the Inquisition became an instrument to promote racial purity and Catholic orthodoxy throughout the two kingdoms. Publications of the Holy Office contained in the collection depict the development of the administrative machinations as the Holy Office prosecuted these tasks during this period. Further, the Holy Office's careful record keeping found in these documents captures Spain's social and political life of the period.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, just wanted to let you know that the Notre Dame Inquisition site has been completely revised with many new resources:
Comments and suggestions are welcome!

Robin Vose
St. Thomas University