Subseries 4 - Book reviews

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Reference code

CA ON00389 F4-9-4


Book reviews


  • 1972 - 1996, predominant 1981 - 1996 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

23.0 cm of textual records

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Archival history

Nouwen originally accumulated the book reviews through subscriptions, news services, publishers, or friends and organized these articles according to subject, for example - "File Reviews on Aging." In 1975 he began transferring his archival and published material to Yale Divinity School Library where the reviews were originally organized by specific publications. However, over time, as more reviews were transferred, the order and meaning to the file contents became confused as the files became labelled as "Various book reviews". Nouwen's office continued to transfer his material until January 2000. From 1986 and after Nouwen's death, additional published material also accumulated at L'Arche Daybreak. The two sources of published material were brought together in the Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives where they were merged in 2001-2002.

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Scope and content

Sub-series consists of published articles as well as bookstore advertising, and transcripts of radio reviews regarding Nouwen's books, audio cassettes, and booklets. Also included are book reviews mentioning Nouwen's forewords and a book of which Nouwen was a contributing author. The articles are in various formats including entire publications, clippings, and photocopies as originally saved by Nouwen. This sub-series contains only those articles which Nouwen or his office collected.
In an attempt to re-establish a system similar to that originated by Nouwen, the Archives created one file to represent each reviewed book, etc., combining the various translations for a single book in the single file. On occasion, articles were photocopied by the Archives staff should more than one of Nouwen's books be mentioned; the copies were distributed to the appropriate book review files.

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The files are arranged basically according to when each book was originally published. Within each file chronological order has been imposed with undated articles put at the front of the files. The size of the files vary from one item to ca. 100 items.

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  • English
  • Dutch
  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Lithuanian

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Title based on contents of the sub-series.
File titles are based on book etc. proper names in English or another language if the English translation is not available.
Statement of responsibility has not been captured for this sub series.
File dates consist only of year ranges; detailed dates exist only when a single item is contained in the file.
The previous file numbers for the articles have been captured.
The articles are mostly in English, Dutch, and German with a few articles in French, Italian, and Lithuanian.

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