Augustinian Historical Institute

Augustinian Historical Institute

The Augustinian Historical Institute of Villanova University serves as a resource center for the study of the history of the Augustinian Order. Besides maintaining an extensive collection of materials on the history of the Order, we publish scholarly books and articles on these topics along with some studies of St. Augustine.

The Institute is sponsored by Villanova University as a division of The Augustinian Institute. The Historical Institute also maintains connections with the International Institutum Historicum of the Order and various similar institutes within the Order.

We respond to questions on the Augustinian Order by supplying information or documentation. Please submit your questions by email.

About Us

Through the inspiration and labors of Arthur J. Ennis, O.S.A., the Institute was established at Villanova University in 1971 with a large part of the collection of the former Augustinian Historical Institute established earlier by Francis Roth, O.S.A. at Riverdale, N.Y. The Institute was officially opened on April 6, 1973.

The Directors of the Historical Institute have been:

  • Arthur J. Ennis, O.S.A. (1971-1977)
  • Joseph C. Schnaubelt, O.S.A. (1977-1995)
  • Karl A. Gersbach (1995-present)

A Division of The Augustinian Institute at Villanova University

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Augustinian Historical Institute
301 Old Falvey
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova PA 19085
610-519-7686
Curator: Rev. Karl A. Gersbach, OSA
Hours: Please make an appointment

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Our Scholars

The following individuals are scholars connected with the Institute:

Rudolf Arbesmann, OSA

Arthur J. Ennis, OSA

John Gavigan, OSA

Karl A. Gersbach, OSA

M.B. Hackett, OSA

John Quinn, OSA

Francis Roth, OSA

Joseph C. Schnaubelt, OSA

Damasus Trapp, OSA