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Assumption College: Emmanuel d'Alzon Library

Emmanuel d'Alzon Library
Rev. Ernest L. Fortin, A.A.
List of Books of Rev. Ernest L. Fortin, A.A.

The d'Alzon Library received the personal library of Ernest L. Fortin, A.A. in the fall of 1999. Fr. Fortin was born on December 17, 1923 and died on October 22, 2002. He graduated from Assumption College in 1946 and joined the Augustinians of the Assumption in 1944.


Fr. Fortin received his theological education at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, more commonly known as the Angelicum in Rome and received his licentiate in 1950. He received his doctorate from the Sorbonne in 1955.Fr. Fortin taught at Assumption College in the 1950’s and 1960’s. He left Assumption in 1971 to teach at Boston College, where he founded the Perspectives Program. Fr. Fortin suffered a stroke in 1997 and retired from active teaching.


Fr. Fortin was an authority in the area of political philosophy and classical Christianity and lectured widely in Europe and America. His publications include several books, edited volumes on medieval philosophy and St. Augustine in addition to many articles and reviews that in 1996 were published in three volumes as Ernest Fortin: Collected Essays, edited by Prof. Brian Benestad.


Fr. Fortin’s library collection of almost 2,500 volumes reflects his scholarship and literary interests. It includes significant holdings by and related to Machiavelli, Dante and St. Augustine as well as many volumes on contemporary political and religious thought. The books are shelved through out the d’Alzon library, and can be found through a keyword search of the library’s online catalog.


Searching for Fr. Fortin's Books in the Online Catalog

From the Library's top page, select Catalog under Research Tools. Go to the Advanced Search Tab and search the online catalog for "Ernest L. Fortin, A.A. Collection" as a phrase. See example below:


Many of Fr. Fortin's books contained his notes and/or annotations. In order to locate the books that contained his notes perform another keyword search from the advanced screen for the phrase "Includes Fortin's notes, shelved separately". These notes are part of Fr. Fortin's papers and manuscript collection. If you would like to view them please contact Liz Maisey at 508-767-7384 or email her at In order to locate books that contain Fr. Fortin's annotations, perform an advanced search for the phrase "Contains Fr. Fortin's annotations".


Preliminary finding aids are available for the rest of Fr. Fortin's papers. Please contact Liz Maisey to view finding aids.