The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) was established at the University of Toronto in 1964 by Professor F. David Hoeniger and has, over more than 50 years, developed into a prestigious research institute dedicated to the study of the early modern period. They maintain a substantial library and rare book collection, with a particular focus on Erasmiana; their 3,000-volume rare book collection contains roughly 2,000 volumes printed prior to 1700 and copies of many early editions of Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam’s work, including a notable 1516 edition of Novum Instrumentum. The Centre has recently launched an online project making their rare book records publicly available, in a format that allows affiliated scholars and CRRS fellows to add material descriptions and digital images to the book records.
The CRRS publishes seven distinct book series:
- Essays & Studies
- The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series
- Renaissance and Reformation Texts in Translation
- Tudor and Stuart Texts
- Carleton Renaissance Plays in Translation
- Publications of the Barnabe Riche Society
- Occasional Publications
They also host Confraternitas, the peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Confraternal Studies.
The Centre is committed to supporting scholarly discussion and interdisciplinary exchange, hosting numerous lectures, seminars, workshops, and annual conferences on a variety of themes, as well as administering an undergraduate program in Renaissance Studies in conjunction with Victoria University in the University of Toronto. Every year the CRRS welcomes a number of fellows from around the globe. In partnership with the Renaissance Society of America, the Centre offers two visiting fellowships, which fund one month of research in our collections: one of these grants is open to all disciplines, and the other is jointly supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and is specific to art history. There are also a number of non-stipendiary fellowships offered through the Centre, and they fund part-time positions for local graduate and undergraduate studies of Renaissance and Reformation studies. The CRRS community is diverse and rich, fostering a curious and supportive scholarly environment, which contributes to the greater academic culture of the University of Toronto and the many other universities in the surrounding area.