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Franciscana Collection: Subject Headings

The many faces of Franciscans: highlights and essential sources in the Duns Scotus Library Franciscana room.

Search Term Suggestions


  • Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226
  • Franciscans
  • Third Order Regular of St. Francis


  • Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226. Cantico di frate sole.
  • Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226. Testamentum.
  • Franciscans -- History
  • Franciscans -- Spiritual Life
  • Franciscans -- Theology


  • Christian saints -- Italy -- Assisi
  • Monasticism and religious orders


  • Bonaventure, Saint, Cardinal, ca. 1217-1274
  • Clare, of Assisi, Saint, 1194-1253
  • Duns Scotus, John, ca. 1266-1308


Franciscana has its own classification system

Franciscan Numbers

  • 271.31 Prelimanary material
  • 271.32 Canon law, documents, etc.
  • 271.33 Francis and his companions
  • 271.34 Franciscan biography
  • 271.35 Franciscan spirituality
  • 271.36 Franciscan influence
  • 271.37 Franciscan history
  • 271.38 Franciscan provinces
  • 271.3851 Sylvania Franciscans
  • 271.39 Third order

Franciscan Classification by Timon Cook, O.F.M. Duns Scotus College, Southfield MI

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