File 2285 - Correspondence from Boston College

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CA ON00389 1-7-2-2285


Correspondence from Boston College


  • August 13, 1984 - June 12, 1985 (Creation)

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0.6 cm of textual records

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File consists of correspondence from Boston College addressed to Nouwen regarding his plans to teach a two-week summer course from July 8 - July 19, 1985. In these letters, administrators such as Padraic O'Hare, Donna Manocchio, and Sandra A. Hurley outline details of accommodation, tax-exemption, parking stickers, room bookings, and meal preparation. Four of these letters are photocopies. The original letters can be found in Calendar Files - July 1985, box 190, file 895.

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There is one letter in this file that has been removed from Calendar files - July 1985, box 190, file 895. It was labelled by Nouwen's assistant at "Boston College".


The year of 1985 was a significant period of transition for Nouwen, and his decision to depart from academia in May also marks a change in his filing methods as well. Nouwen had a separate filing system which designated his Calendar files since the beginning of 1980, which he used to keep his social engagements (conferences, weddings, lectures, retreats etc.) organised. Following his departure from Harvard, Nouwen began to file engagements that would previously have been considered part of his function as a university professor, and therefore be filed under the name of the institution or bound into a volume as part of course handouts. Material for Boston College bridges this transition: although the course has its own bound volume of lecture summaries and handouts, much of the administrative files can be found under a Calendar file labelled "July 1985" and alternatively under the General file designation "Boston College".

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2000 02


Box 284

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