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Kevin F. Dwyer photographs

File consists of photographs of Henri Nouwen by Kevin Dwyer. The phototographs were taken in 1996 when Nouwen and Frank Hamilton visited Dwyer and his partner Al (Alvaro) Carrasco in Guerneville, California. These photographs were commissioned by Nouwen on a casual basis, and used for promotional purposes. One photograph was used for the first edition of "With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life". One folder contains a context on the images from the photographer and stipulations for use.

Nouwen events, promotional material, programs and souvenirs

Subseries consists of materials related to events about Henri Nouwen, such as conferences and workshops before and after his death. This material includes promotional material, programs, and souvenirs from events, as well as promotional material for books by or about Nouwen.

Materials mentioning Nouwen

Subseries consists of materials that mention Henri Nouwen. This material includes newspaper and journal articles with mention of Nouwen (including the inclusion of quotes and excerpts by Nouwen), a song, correspondence, and an announcement of the opening of the Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research Collection.

Board meeting materials

File consists of Henri Nouwen Society board meeting materials including mission statements; meeting agendas; meeting minutes; statements of revenues and expenses; announcements; budgets; correspondence; goals and objectives of the Henri Nouwen Society; and updates of activities of Nouwen Societies outside of North America. File also includes materials from joint Henri Nouwen Society Board meetings of the US and Canadian societies.

Letters from George Simms

File consists of copies of three (including two quite long) letters from Nouwen, explaining his commitment to the L'Arche Daybreak community and subsequent inability to give lectures in the near future and his decision to cancel travelling plans in order to stay near Connie Ellis, his administrative assistant, during her illness.

Letter from Alfred Stong

File consists of an original handwritten postcard and envelope from Nouwen, sent from L'Arche Trosly-Breuil, sending his greetings and mentioning that he is finding it difficult to write. The postcard depicts the "oratoire" at La Ferme on the verso.

Letters from Sr. Marcia Hobart

File consists of six original letters and three hand-written postcards from Nouwen and a letter from Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant, with a copy of a letter from Nouwen enclosed. Last letter sent from Peapack, NJ, while Nouwen was on sabbatical. Nouwen's letters remark on the writings of Eknath Easwaran, his need for a writing retreat (leaving November, 1989), and the Gulf war.

Letters include:

  • Typed letter from Henri to Sr. Marcia – August 28, 1996
  • Typed letter from Henri to Sr. Marcia – September 16, 1992
  • Typed letter from Henri to Sr. Marcia – February 5, 1991
  • Typed letter from Henri to Sr. Marcia – May 18, 1990
  • Typed letter from Connie Ellis to Sr. Marcia – January 15, 1990
  • Typed letter from Henri to Sr. Marcia – September 25, 1989
  • Typed letter from Nouwen to Sr. Marcia – September 15, 1989
  • Postcard from Henri to Sr. Marcia – March 15, 1989
  • Postcard from Henri to Sr. Marcia – April 6, 1988
  • Typed letter from Henri to Sr. Marcia – July 17, 1989
  • Postcard from Henri to Sr. Marcia – April 4, 1978

Letters from Mr. and Mrs. John X. Healy, Jr.

File consists of copies of three long, handwritten letters from Nouwen, sent from the Abbey of the Genesee (Piffard, NY). One letter addresses the death of their daughter, Elizabeth Canning, including a copy of her photograph, and some of Nouwen's beliefs on the afterlife. File also includes a copy of a sympathy letter from Paul Bosse.

Letters include:

  • Handwritten letter (copy) from Henri to Healy – August 2, 1974
  • Handwritten letter (copy) from Henri to Healy – October 17, 1974
  • Handwritten letter (copy) from Paul Bosses to Mr. and Mrs. Healy – June 12, 1974
  • Handwritten letter (copy) from Henri to Mr. and Mrs. Healy

Letters from Bonnie Olson

File consists of copies of three letters from Nouwen and two from Kathy Christie, Nouwen's administrative assistant. Nouwen's letters remark on the role of spiritual directors, and express thanks for the gifts of books and poems sent to him by Bonnie Olson.

Letters from Julie Raman, ICM

File consists of an original, handwritten photo card (photograph removed) and original letter from Nouwen, writing in response to Raman's request to write a prayer and thanking her for her gift of a wood carving of Jesus. The letter contains an annotation by Raman.

Letter from Wunibald Müller

File consists of a copy of a letter from Nouwen, responding in-depth to Wunibald Müller's idea of a spiritual therapeutic centre for priests and religious in Germany. File also includes an undated pamphlet for Das Recollectio-Haus in Münsterschwarzach, including a quotation from Nouwen in German.

Letters from Maurice Monette

File consists of two original long letters from Nouwen and a copy of a letter from Monette. The earlier letters discuss Monette's desire to leave the Church and Nouwen's arguments for staying. These letters are an example of Nouwen expressing support for someone during a difficult time which paralled his own struggles.

Letter from Paul Keane

File consists of a handwritten letter to Paul Keane from Nouwen about his reflections on Peter MacPartland in response to a letter from Keane.

Letters from Embert Van Tilburg

File consists of copies of two letters from Nouwen, including an explanation of his decision to cancel his travel plans to spend time with Connie Ellis, his administrative assistant.

Letters from Pieter Oussoren

File consists of typed and handwritten letters to Pieter Oussoren and Frits Bosch from Nouwen. File includes annotated articles about homosexuality and photographs of Nouwen speaking at Contact Day Conservative Catholics.

Letters from Robert A. Jonas

File consists of 258 items created or received by Nouwen during his sabbatical year (1995). During the fall of his sabbatical he stayed with Robert Jonas and Margret Bullit-Jonas in their home in Watertown, Massachusetts. Nouwen left all of these materials behind in their house, and fortunately the Jonas' came across them in searching for material from Nouwen. 68 of the items were created by Nouwen, the remaining 190 items were written to or sent to Nouwen. The majority of material are originals, and a good portion of the letters that Nouwen wrote are hand-written. File is separated into 21 folders, folder details as follows:

Folder 1: CD of scanned material prepared by Robert Jonas
1) CD of scanned material prepared by Robert Jonas
2) Printed document from CD titled "Scans of Henri Nouwen documents left with Robert A. Jonas."

Folder 2: Letters written by Henri Nouwen
1) 1995, November 20: original, hand-written letter to Ulla Schnell. One page. Attached: 1995, November 16: original, typed letter from Ulla Schnell to Henri Nouwen. One page, The Continuum Publishing Group letterhead.
2) 1995, October 29: original, hand-written letter to John Schmilur. One page.
3) 1995, October 29: original, hand-written letter to Lorenzo. One page.
4) 1995, October 29: original, hand-written letter to Seniors. One page.
5) 1995, October 29: original, hand-written letter to John Bloss. One page.
6) 1995, October 29: original, hand-written letter to Alan and Judy Steers. Two pages.
7) 1995, October 5: original hand-written letter to Alice Allen. Two pages. Attached: Faxed copy of a letter from MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton Attorneys at Law to Nouwen. Seven pages.
8) 1995, October 3: original, hand-written letter to the Daybreak Council Members. One page.
9) 1995, October 2: original, hand-written letter to Carl. One page.
10) 1995, September 30: original, hand-written letter to Arthur Boers. Two pages. Attached: 1995, August 21: original, typed letter from Arthur Boers to Henri Nouwen. One page.
11) 1995, September 21: original, hand-written letter to Nathan. One page. Attached: Undated: original, hand-written note to Kathy is attached. Two pages.
12) 1995, September 8: original, hand-written letter to Sue Mosteller. One page.
13) 1995, September 6: original, hand-written letter to Sue Mosteller. Four pages.
14) 1995, September 6: original, hand-written letter to Dineke. Three pages.
15) 1995, September 5: original, hand-written letter to Peter Sutton. One page.
16) 1995, January 10: original, hand-written letter to Nathan and Carl. One page.
17) Undated: original, hand-written letter to Nathan. Two pages.
18) Undated: original, hand-written letter to George. Two pages.
19) Undated: original, hand-written letter to Kathie Walsh. One page. Attached: 1995, October 3: original, typed letter from Kathie Walsh to Henri Nouwen is. Two pages, Cassell letterhead.
20) Undated: original, hand-written letter to Lorenzo. Two pages.
21) Undated: original, hand-written letter to Joan Kroc. Five pages.

Folder 3: Letters/Notes written by Nouwen to Kathy Christie
1) September 25: original, hand-written letter to Kathy. One page. Attached: September 25: original, hand-written letter to Tom Grady from Henri Nouwen is attached. One page.
2) 1995, September 10: original, hand-written note to Kathy. One page. Attached: 1995, September 10: original, hand-written letter to Geoff and Carrie is attached from Henri Nouwen. One page.
3) 1995, September 5: original, hand-written letter to Kathy. One page.
4) 1995, September 7: original, hand-written note to Kathy. One page.
5) 1995, September 7: original, hand-written note to Kathy. One page. Attached: Undated: original, hand-written letter to Yushi Nomura is attached. One page.
6) Undated: original, hand-written note to Kathy. One page.
7) Undated: original, hand-written note to Kathy. One page.
8) Undated: original, hand-written note to Kathy. One page.
9) Undated: original, hand-written note to Kathy. Three Pages. Attached: 1996, January 12: original, hand-written letter to Sally Sharpe. Two Pages.

Folder 4: Journal entries written by Nouwen
1) 1995, November 11: fax copy of a hand-written Cancun journal entry dated November 1-11, sent to Robert Jonas. Twenty-seven pages.
2) 1995: copy of hand-written Cancun journal (entries November 1 to November 10th). Twenty-four pages. Attached: original hand-written letter to Nathan and Joe. One page.

Folder 5: Sent to Nouwen by others
1) 1996, January 11: original, typed letter from Susan Brown. Two pages. Attached: Undated: faxed copy, typed, annotated manuscript. Eight pages.
1) 1995, December 29: original, typed letter from Bill and Peg Zwaan. One page. Attached: Undated: original, typed business card for Bill and Peg Zwaan.
2) 1995, December 16: original, typed letter from Susan Brown. One page.
3) 1995, December 5: original, typed letter from Patricia. Two pages, double-sided.
4) 1995, December 1: original, hand-written greeting card from Wendy. Three pages.
5) 1995, November 30: faxed copy, typed letter from Margaret Sutton regarding book sales. Six pages.
6) 1995, November 30: original, hand-written letter from Phillip Bifulk. Three pages.
7) 1995, November 20: original, hand-written note card from Jutta Ayer. Three pages.
8) 1995, November 17: original, hand-written letter from Michael. One page Attached: Undated: typed article by Darrell g.h. Schramm entitled “The Gravestone Butterfly: Thinking the Unthinkable.” Four pages.
9) 1995, November 12: original, hand-written note card from Sr. Frances Scribner. Two pages.
10) 1995, November 12: original, hand-written note card from the family of James E. Stumbaugh Sr. Two pages.
11) 1995, November 10: original, handwritten letter from Jutta Ayer. Attached: Undated: original, hand-written note card with a photograph on the front. Two pages. Attached: Undated: original, typed lyrics to “This Day God Gives Me.” One page.
12) 1995, November 4: original, hand-written letter from Sarah. Two pages. Attached: 1995, October. Original, hand-written letter from Sarah. Two pages.
13) 1995, November 3: original, hand-written note from Beth. Two pages.
14) 1995, October 21: original, hand-written letter from Carl. One page.
15) 1995, October 22: original, hand-written letter from Carl. Two pages.
16) 1995, October 3: original, typed letter from Don McNeill. One page. Attached: 1995, August 8: original, typed letter from Don McNiell to Joan Kroc. Two pages.
17) 1995, October 2: original, typed agreement between Henri Nouwen and Alice Allen. Two pages. Attached: Undated: annotated copy of the agreement, signed by Alice Allen.
18) 1995, September 27: original, typed flight itinerary from Nigel to Kathy.
19) 1995, September 11: original, typed letter from Nancy Trestick. One page. Attached: Undated: original, typed journal entry by Henri Nouwen for Joan Kroc. Three pages.
20) 1995, September: original, typed note card. Two pages.
21) Undated: original, typed letter from David. Two pages, double-sided. Attached: Undated: two original photos.
22) Undated: original, hand-written note card from Fran. Three pages.
23) Undated: original, typed letter from Carl. One page. Attached: 2010, June 11: original, typed copy of the same letter from Carl with a note added by Robert Jonas.
24) Undated: original drawing from Tim. Two pages, double-sided.
25) Undated: original painting from the Seniors. One page.
26) Undated: original painting from the Seniors. One page, double-sided.
27) 1996: Wordsworth poster. Two pages, double-sided.
28) 1995: original, empty envelope addressed to Henri Nouwen.
29) 1995, September: booklet in Dutch about Laurent J.M. Nouwen
30) Undated: original, universal postage stamp.
31) Undated: original, empty envelope addressed to Henri Nouwen from Beth. The Dellcrest Resource Centre logo is on the envelope.

Folder 6: "The Inner Voice of Love." Original handwritten partial draft. Fourteen pages.

Folder 7: "Bread for the Journey." Typed draft. One hundred and eight pages.

Folder 8: “Thoughts for Every Day of the Year.” Later became “Bread for the Journey.” Faxed copy, partial draft. Twelve pages.

Folder 9: “Can you Drink the Cup.”
1) Handwritten draft. One hundred and eight pages.
2) Handwritten partial draft. Four pages. Attached: 1995, Dec 3: original, handwritten letter to Kathy Christie. Two pages.
3) Typed partial draft. Eight pages.
4) Typed partial draft. Nine pages.

Folder 10: “Life and Holiness.”
1) Typed introduction. Two pages. Attached: 1995, December 12: original, handwritten letter to Trace Murphy. One page. Attached: Undated: original, handwritten note to Kathy Christie. One page.
2) “Life and Holiness.” Introduction. Two pages typed. One page handwritten.

Folder 11: Foreword to “Rebecca” by Robert A. Jonas. Four pages of faxed copy, typed with edits by Jonas. Attached: Foreword to “Rebecca.” Three pages typed.

Folder 12: 9” by 6” photograph of Nouwen leading L’Arche community members in the Eucharist. Printed with a large white border. See CA ON00389 C3-5-12.

Folder 13: Letters written by Nouwen
1) 1995, November 30: faxed, typed letter to Joseph Wieczorek. Two Pages.
2) 1995, October 23: original, handwritten greeting card to Joseph and David. Attached: Original envelope attached.
3) 1995, September 22: original, handwritten letter to Sue Mosteller. Two pages. Attached: 1995, September 21: original, typed letter from Sue Mosteller to Henri Nouwen. One page, L’Arche Daybreak letterhead.
4) 1995, September 5: original, handwritten letter to Ken Caveney. One page.
5) Undated: original, handwritten note to Ed Goebels. One page.
6) Undated: original, handwritten letter to Nelly Stienstra. One page. Attached: 1995, December 12: original, typed letter from Nelly Stienstra to Henri Nouwen. One page.
7) Undated: original, handwritten letter to Franz Johna. One page.
8) Undated: original, handwritten letter to Margaret. One page. Attached: 1995, December 18: a one-page fax that includes a scanned image of the front and back of a cheque from Henri Nouwen to Kevin Dwyer and a brief note from Kevin to Henri.
9) Undated: original, handwritten letter to Sonja Stock. One page. Attached: three pages of annotated, typed text.
10) Undated: annotated list of personal addresses. One page, typed.
11) Undated: original, handwritten list of personal addresses from Henri Nouwen to Kathy Christie. Eight pages.

Folder 14: Others wrote to Nouwen
1) 1995, December 13. Fax from Kathy Christie, includes a letter from W. Laurent Nouwen to Jan Van den Bosch. Two pages.
2) 1995, December 12. Faxed copy of a letter from Annet Verbakel, includes a letter from Christel Eijkelenboom. Four pages. Attached: Globe and Mail article about Robertson Davies.
3) 1995, December 10. Faxed cover sheet from Carl macMillan.
4) 1995, December 9: Wedding invitation from Mrs. David A Boody for the wedding of Margaret Liscomb to James Cook Ayer.
5) 1995, December 6: Empty envelope from Michael Harank.
6) 1995 December 5: Original handwritten letter from Lucy [last name unknown]. One page.
7) 1995, November 29: Original, handwritten letter from Barbie and Sally. One page.
8) 1995, November 28: Original, handwritten greeting card written by Kevin [Dwyer?]
9) 1995, November 28: Original note written by Malcolm Street. One page double sided. Attached: Undated. Reflections on a trip to Honduras by Malcolm Street.
10) 1995, November 27: Original typed letter from Carl MacMillan. L’Arche Daybreak Letterhead. One page.
11) 1996, November 23: Original typed letter from Joseph [last name unknown]. One page. Attached: 1995, November 23: Draft letter to Diane Richards from Joseph. One page. Attached: Copy of a Toronto Star article “Real grieving requires truth” by Geroge Gilliland. One page.
12) 1995, November 23: Faxed copy of a document, written in Dutch, regarding Jan Schoot. One page.
13) 1995, November 19: Original, handwritten letter from Leonie Kiely-Albregts. One page double sided.
14) 1995, November 10: Faxed cover sheet from Kathy Christie. Annotated with notes by Nouwen. One page.
15) 1995, October 30: Typed poems with an original signature from Michael [Harank?]. 6 pages.
16) 1995, October 23: Faxed copy of a letter, written in Dutch, from Henri Huibers and Laurien Nouwen. One page.
17) 1995, October 20: Original handwritten greeting card from Kathy [Christie].
18) 1995, October 19: Faxed copy of a letter from Frank Oveis. Annotated with a phone number. One page.
19) 1995, October 18: Original typed letter from Bob [last name unknown]. Crossroad Publishing Company letterhead. One page.
20) 1995, October 15: Original, handwritten note from Pat [Sibley?]. Note written on a faxed letter from Roberta R. Palmer to Mr. Brant Fries regarding the death of Marilyn Sibley Fries.
21) 1995, October 15: Original, handwritten letter from Carm [MacMillan]. One page double sided.
22) 1995, October 13: Original, handwritten letter from Joseph and David [last names unknown]. One page double sided.
23) 1995, October 8: Original, handwritten greeting card from Sr. Frances Scribner. Double sided.
24) 1995, October 7: Original, handwritten letter from David [Blauw]. One page double sided.
25) 1995, October 1: Faxed copy of a letter written by Jeff Merkel. Six pages.
26) 1995, October 1: Handwritten sticky note by Pat [last name unknown]. Attached: Handwritten reflection by “Marilyn’s mother.”
27) 1995, October. Original handwritten note from Margaret [Bullitt-Jonas]. One page. Annotated. Attached: “Cooking from the Heart” menu.
28) 1995, September 21: Fax from Kathy Christi, including a letter from Thomas Grady of Harper Collins San Francisco. Four pages
29) 1995, September 21: Faxed cover letter written by Kathy Christie.
30) 1995, Sept 20: Original, typed letter from Fred Bratman. One page
31) 1995, Sept 19: Original handwritten note card from Joan [Kroc?]. Double sided.
32) 1995, August 28: Original handwritten greeting card from Joanne and Fred.
33) 1995: Original handwritten greeting card from Michael BACQ
34) 1995: Original handwritten note from Walter J. Gaffney. Attached: 1995, April 16: Typed story written by Cory Gaffney.
35) Undated: Photograph of Marilyn Sibley Fries. Annotated “27. Grad student Cornell 1972”
36) Undated: empty envelope. Annotated: “Mass Stipends for James Doyle deceased July 14, 1995.
37) Undated: handwritten note, author unknown. Titled “Henri calls.”
38) Undated: handwritten note from Peter [last name unknown].
39) Undated: handwritten note from Zenia Kushpeta. One page double sided.
40) Undated: handwritten note from Lorenzo Sforza-Cesarini. One page double sided.
41) Undated: handwritten note from Gordie [last name unknown] and Michael [last name unknown]. Writing from Daybreak. One pages double sided.
42) Undated: typed letter regarding money Nouwen generated for Dayspring. Author unknown [Kathie Christie?]. Two pages.
43) Undated: typed letter from [Ken Caveni?]. 12 pages.

Folder 15: Others wrote to Nouwen
1) 1995, December 13: original, handwritten note card from Jutta. One page.
2) 1995, December 7: original, handwritten greeting card from Joseph and David. Two pages.
3) 1995, December 5: original, handwritten letter from Michael. Two pages, double-sided.
4) 1995, December 3: original, handwritten greeting card from Andrew. Two pages.
5) 1995: December: original, handwritten greeting card from Margaret.
6) 1995, November 26: original, handwritten greeting card from Vincent. One page.
7) 1995, November 25: original, handwritten greeting card from Dean. One page.
8) 1995, November 19: original, handwritten greeting card from Uishi. Two pages.
9) 1995, October 25: original, handwritten post card from Jutta Ayer. One page
10) 1995, October 24: original, handwritten greeting card from Mary. Two pages.
11) 1995, October 23: original, handwritten greeting card from Fran. Three pages.
12) October 20: original, handwritten note card from Beth. Two pages.
13) October 20: original, handwritten greeting card from Betsy. Two pages. Attached: Undated: original, typed business card for Betsy Nicholls. One page.
14) 1995, October 18: original, typed letter from Clemens Bühler. Three pages, Geistliches Zentrum Sasbach Erzdiözese Freiburg letterhead.
15) 1995, October 10: original, handwritten greeting card from Jutta Ayer. One page. Attached: Undated: original, handwritten note on the back of an image. Undated: original greeting card.
16) 1995, October 1: original, handwritten letter from Carl MaMillan. One page, double-sided. Attached: original, handwritten envelope.
17) 1995, September 30: original, handwritten greeting card from Frances. Two pages.
18) 1995, September 28: original, handwritten note card from Jutta Ayer. One page.
19) 1995, September 27: original, handwritten greeting card from Janna and Fred. One page.
20) 1995, September 23: original, typed letter from David Sorrells. One page.
21) 1995, September 23: original, handwritten letter from Kathleen Spendiff. Three pages.
22) 1995, September 22: original, handwritten letter from name indecipherable. Two pages, double-sided; Church of St. Anne letterhead. Attached: Undated: typed text labeled “first draft,” Two pages. Undated: typed text, labeled “Edited copy.” Three pages double sided
23) 1995, September 21: original, handwritten greeting card from Jutta Ayer.
24) 1995: September 4: original, handwritten note card from Judy. One page, Orbis Books letterhead.
25) 1995, September: original, handwritten greeting card from Rev. Margaret Bullit-Jones and her son Sam.
26) 1995, August 26: original, handwritten greeting card from Kevin. Two pages.
27) June 18: original, handwritten post card from Lon. One page
28) 1995: original, handwritten greeting card from Pat. Two pages.
29) Undated: original, typed text entitled, “Knowing What’s Essential.” One page, double-sided.
30) Undated: original, typed note card from Judy. One page, Orbis Books letterhead.
31) Undated: original, handwritten greeting card from Frank and John. Two pages.
32) Undated: original, handwritten greeting card from Rosanne. One page.
33) Undated: original postcard given to Henri Nouwen by Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas.
34) Undated: original, handwritten greeting card from Karen. Two pages.
35) Undated: original, handwritten greeting card from Wendy. Two pages.
36) Undated: original, handwritten post card from name unknown. One page.
37) Undated: original, handwritten greeting card from name indecipherable. One Two pages.
38) Undated: original, handwritten greeting card from Paula. Two pages.
39) Undated: original, handwritten greeting card from Paul Keavedy. Two pages.
40) Undated: original, handwritten greeting card from Elizabeth. Three pages.
41) Undated: original, handwritten greeting card from Carl. One page.
42) Undated: original, typed greeting card from Fran. Two pages.
43) Undated: original, handwritten greeting card from Vicki. One page.
44) Undated: original, handwritten greeting card from Fran. One page.
45) Undated: original, handwritten greeting card from Linda, Adam and Carla. Two pages.
46) Undated: original, handwritten greeting card from Elaine, Joseph, Jennifer, Bridget, Madeline. One page.
47) Undated: original, handwritten note card from Joan. One page.

Folder 16: Manuscripts written by others and sent to Nouwen
1) Undated: typed manuscript by Arthur Boers about his sister Margaret. One hundred and twenty-three pages.
2) Undated: manuscript by Sue Mosteller about the L’Arche community. Twenty pages double sided.

Folder 17: Manuscripts/Forewords written by Nouwen
1) Undated: Foreword to “Rebecca” by Robert A. Jonas. Two pages typed.
2) Undated: Foreword to “Talking Together” by Patricia Beall Gavigan. Original, handwritten. Three pages. Attached: 1995, September 19: fax sent to Nouwen from Kathie Walsh. Fourteen pages.

Folder 18: Journal entries/reflections written by Nouwen
1) 1995, original, typed set of journal entries written by Nouwen around Robert Giavvedoni. First entry: Tuesday September 5. Last entry Thursday November 17, 1995. 20 pages.
2) Undated. Original, handwritten page of reflections written by Nouwen.

Folder 19: Publisher related materials
1) 1995, December 8: faxed, typed letter from Franz Johna to Henri Nouwen. Verlag Herder letterhead. Three pages
2) 1995, December 1: original, typed letter from Diedrich Steen to Henri Nouwen. Verlag Herder letterhead. One page
3) Undated: proposed cover for “Mit offenen Handen.”
4) Undated: proposed cover for “Mit offenen Handen.”
5) 1995, November 30: original, typed letter from Frank to Henri Nouwen. Ave Maria Press letterhead. One page
6) 1995, October 19: original, typed letter, written in German(?) from Diedrich Steen to Henri Nouwen. Verlag Herder letterhead. One page
7) 1995, October 2: faxed copy of an agreement concerning “An Interrupted Love” with DoubleDay. Sent from Henri Nouwen to Mr. Ed Goebels. Ten pages.
8) 1995, September 19: Fax cover sheet from [Kathy Christie?] to Henri Nouwen. Attached: 1995, September 19: faxed letter from Sonja Stock to Henri Nouwen. Lanoo letter head. Annotated by Nouwen. Two pages. Attached: 1995, September 18: faxed letter from Henri Nouwen to Sonja Stock. One page.
9) 1995, June 1: faxed letter from Sara Fortenberry to Henri Nouwen. Thomas Nelson Publishers letterhead. Four pages.

Folder 20: Literary Agent related materials
1) 1995, October 12: faxed letter from Edward W. Goebel, Jr. to Henri Nouwen. Nine pages
2) 1995, October 4: faxed letter from Jack to Henri Nouwen. Seven pages
3) 1995, September 8: original typed letter from Alice Allen. Three pages
4) Undated: Literary Agent Agreement
5) Undated: Literary Agent Agreement
6) Undated: Literary Agent Agreement
7) Undated: Literary Agent Agreement

Folder 21: Other Material
1) 2009: “The Essential Henri Nouwen” by Robert A. Jonas. Inscribed by the author.
2) 1995: December 10: faxed copy of L’Arche Dayspring Committee Summary of Discussions Regarding Programme for Chapel and Retreat. Seven pages.
3) 1995, September 18: Weekly News from L’Arche Daybreak

Letters from Antoinette Jansen Wÿgers

File consists of 22 original letters (one signed "Henri" by Kathy Christie, Nouwen's administrative assistant), and one handwritten photo card from Nouwen. File also includes one letter from Christie to Jansen Wÿgers. Topics of Nouwen's letters range from his thoughts on death, inner peace, going back to teaching after eight years, and his father. Many of the letters remark on books Nouwen is sending to Jansen Wÿgers and offer thanks to her for her donations to L'Arche Daybreak.

Letters from Cathy Judge

File consists of three handwritten postcards from Nouwen depicting icons on the verso to Cathy Judge of L'Arche Daybreak. The postcards express some of Nouwen's emotional and religious struggles as well as feelings of friendship for Judge. One letter expresses Nouwen's hope that Judge will stay at L'Arche Daybreak.

Letters from Sister Helen David Brancato I.H.M.

File consists of 15 original typed letters of correspondence documenting the collaboration of Henri Nouwen and Sr. Hellen David Brancato on the work on "Walk with Jesus: Stations of the Cross". Details of letters are as follows:
1) Dated March 10, 1987
2) April 6, 1987
3) September 2, 1987
4) December 10, 1987
5) January 13, 1988 (written by Connie Ellis)
6) February 8, 1988 (written by Frank Maurovich on the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers letterhead)
7) February 16, 1988 (copy of a typed letter written by Connie Ellis to William O'Connor)
8) March 17, 1989
9) April 13, 1989 (written by Connie Ellis)
10) May 2, 1989
11) November, 1989 (copy of a letter by Nouwen addressed to "Friends"
12) January 11, 1990 (written by Connie Ellis)
13) September 5, 1990
14) March 11, 1991
15) April 3, 1991

Letter from Katherine Laidler

File consists of an original letter to Katherine Laidler of Kevin Mayhew Publishers (Suffolk, England), from Nouwen, granting copyright permission to reproduce two of his prayers from "Cry for Mercy".

Letters from Robert M. May

File consists of 7 letters from Henri Nouwen to Robert M. May:

  • June 25, 1985, original, one-page, typed letter from Peter Weiskel to May. Weiskel writes in his position as Assistant to Henri J.M. Nouwen, on the Harvard Letterhead
  • July 6, 1985, original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to his "Friends." Written on the Harvard Letter head. Staple in the top left corner.
  • April 24, 1989 original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to May. Written on the Daybreak Letterhead
  • May 24, 1989 original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to May. Written on the Daybreak Letterhead
  • September 5, 1990 original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to May. Written on the Daybreak Letterhead
  • November 5, 1990 original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to May. Written on the Daybreak Letterhead
  • December 4, 1990 original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to May. Written on the Daybreak Letterhead.

Letter from Ed Dwyer

File consists of an original, typed letter written from Henri Nouwen to Ed Dwyer on the Daybreak letterhead. Letter is dated January 10, 1991.

Letter from Maria Ramachers Meyers

File consists of one letter to Maria Ramachers Meyer from Henri Nouwen thanking her for her letter on Nouwen's book. The letter was written on the Daybreak letterhead and is dated September 12, 1991.

Letters from Susanna Knoble

File consists of three original, typed letters from Nouwen to Knoble. The letters are dated December 23, 1993, June 1, 1995 and September 4, 1996. All three letters are written on L'Arche Daybreak letterhead. The file also includes Knoble's reflections and explanations of each letter she received from Nouwen.

Letters from George Fox University Archive

File consists of copies of correspondence, material, and an inscription exchange between Nouwen and Richard J. Foster held at the George Fox University Archive. Material details:

  • Undated: transcript of a sermon by Henri Nouwen entitled “Christ Has Died, Christ Has Risen, Christ is Coming Again. Nine pages.
  • 1981, September 19. Typed letter written by Nouwen to Foster. Abbey of the Genesee as the return address. One page.
  • 1981, October 29. Typed letter written by Terry C. Muck to Foster regarding the “Nouwen-Foster Dialogue.” Christianity Today letterhead. Attached: A copy of the “Nouwen-Foster” dialogue, including annotations [by Foster?]. Twenty-six pages.
  • 1982, June 8. Typed letter written by Nouwen to Foster. Abbey of the Genesee return address. One page.
  • Undated. Book inscription written by Nouwen to Foster.

Letters from Ron and Pat Landsel

File consists of copies of seven letters to Ron and Pat Landsel, including a facsimile of a letter to Landsel from Claire Strober and Christopher Zimmerman of The Plough Publishing House (Farmington, PA), including a letter from Nouwen to Strober and Zimmerman (signed "Henri" by Kathy Christie, Nouwen's administrative assistant), and a first draft of his introduction for "Discipleship: The Witness of J. Heinrich Arnold".

Letters from Hans Zellenrath

File consists of four letters and one postcard from Henri Nouwen to Hans Zellenrath:

  • February 1984, an original hand written postcard from Nouwen to Zellenrath. The postcard is from Harvard, and the note is written in Dutch.
  • May 4, 1998, an original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to Zellenrath. The letter is written in English on the Daybreak letterhead.
  • November 17, 1988, an original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to Zellenrath. The letter is written in English on the Daybreak letterhead.
  • November 23, 1990, an original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to Zellenrath and his wife, Marinus. The letter is written in English on the Daybreak letterhead.
  • May 29, 1991 an original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to Zellenrath and his wife, Marinus. The letter is written in English on the Daybreak letterhead.

Letters from Louis and Maria ter Steeg

File consists of handwritten and typed letters from Henri Nouwen to Maria and Louis ter Steeg. File also includes Nouwen's ordination prayer card dated 1957 and documents concerning the celebration of Nouwen's 25th Anniversary in the Netherlands on December 11, 1982. Celebration documents include a general letter from Laurent Nouwen, dated November 10, 1982; a double sided postcard advertising the event; the order of service for the ceremony; the words of a song, entitled "Henri's song."

Details on letters:

  • Original typed letter from Nouwen to Louis ter Steeg. Dated July 24, 1970. Written in Dutch on Holy Cross letterhead. 2 pages
  • Original typed letter from Nouwen to Maria ter Steeg. Dated April 4, 1971. 1 page. No letterhead. Written in Dutch.
  • Original typed letter from Nouwen to Louis and Maria ter Steeg. Dated Feb 14, 1974. Written in Dutch on Yale Divinity School (YDS) Letter head.
  • Original typed letter from Nouwen to Louis and Maria ter Steeg. Dated Jan 27, 1977. YDS letterhead. 2 pages
  • Original typed letter from Nouwen to Maria and Louis ter Steeg. Dated May 31, 1977. YDS letterhead. 2 pages.
  • Original typed letter from John Mogabgab to Louis ter Steeg. Dated June 23, 1977. YDS letterhead. 1 page, written in English.
  • Original hand written letter from Nouwen to Maria and Louis ter Steeg. Dated Nov 7, 1984. Written on L'Arche Trosly-Breuil card.

Letters from Rev. Dennis O'Neill

File consists of letters, postcards, and cards sent to Rev. Dennis O'Neill from Henri Nouwen. File also includes two books by O'Neill, "Lazarus Interlude: A Story of God's Healing Love in a Moment of Ministry" and "Passionate Holiness: Marginalized Christian Devotions for Distinctive People". File also includes one scanned and printed colour photo. The photo is a picture of Nouwen and Nathan Ball standing in the kitchen of St. Clotilde rectory in Chicago in the early 1990's.

Fr. Dennis first got to know Nouwen through his books. He read many of them, beginning with The Genesee Diary. In 1981 he had this experience with a man who attempted suicide, and died two weeks afterwards as a result. He hadn’t known the man before, but they had an intense experience together. O’Neill wrote a book (Lazarus Interlude) on the this experience and sent Nouwen a copy of it, because he thought Henri would appreciate it. He didn’t hear anything back (this was during Nouwen's Harvard years). A year later O'Neill was trying to get the book published, and asked Nouwen to write the introduction. He called his office at Harvard and explained the situation to Henri. Henri hadn’t seen the book, but once he dug around his office he found it. Henri read it that night, and shared it with some of his friends. The next day he called O’Neill to say he would be willing to write the intro.

The letters from Nouwen to O'Neill are all originals:

  • Oct, 1982: hand written, 1 page letter, written from Switzerland
  • Nov 10, 1984: hand written, postcard, written from Cambridge on a L'Arche Trosly-Breuil postcard.
  • December 20, 1984: hand written note, written from Boston, MA
  • March 3, 1986: one-page, hand-written note, written from France. Includes four blank postcards and one picture of an icon.
  • April 9, 1986: hand-written postcard, written from France
  • April, 14, 1986 hand written postcard, written from Southern France
  • April 25, 1986 hand written letter from France, includes a blank post-card
  • April 30, 1986 typed form letter addressed "Dear Friends," written from Cambridge.
  • June 30, 1986 hand-written postcard, written from France

Letters from Rev. Charles Busch

File consists of letters written by Henri Nouwen to Rev. Charles Busch.

Photocopies:
1) 1987, May 8: handwritten postcard
2) 1988, March 12: handwritten postcard
3) 1988, March 21: handwritten greeting card
4) 1988, March 27: handwritten postcard
5) 1990, August: handwritten postcard
6) 1988, June 15: handwritten postcard
7) Undated: handwritten note

Originals from Nouwen to Busch:
1) 1985, August 8: handwritten letter. Two pages.
2) 1986, April 25: handwritten letter. One page
3) 1986, November 24: handwritten letter. Two pages
4) 1986, December: handwritten note. Written on the back of a "L'Arche Prayer."
5) 1987, January 9: typed letter. Daybreak letter head. One page.
6) 1987, March 2: typed letter. Daybreak letter head. One page.
7) 1987, April 7: typed letter. Daybreak letter head. One page.
8) 1987, May 27: typed letter. Daybreak letter head. One page.
9) 1987, December 27: typed letter. Daybreak letter head. One page.
10) 1988, September 13: typed letter. Daybreak letter head. One page.
11) 1988, September 20: typed letter. Daybreak letter head. One page.
12) 1989, January 2: typed letter. Daybreak letter head. One page.
13) 1989, October 6: typed letter. Daybreak letter head. One page. Refers to Easwaran.
14) 1991, April 3: typed letter. Daybreak letter head. One page.
15) 1991, June 18: typed letter. Daybreak letter head. One page.
16) 1992, March 13: typed letter. Daybreak letter head. One page.
17) 1992, September 10: typed letter. Daybreak letter head. One page.
18) 1994, November 30: typed letter. Daybreak letter head. One page.
19) 1995, January 26: typed letter. Daybreak letter head. One page.

Letters from Simone Landrien

File consists of 16 letters (one handwritten), one handwritten greeting card, and a book inscription to Simone Landrien. The letters were sent almost every year between 1985 and 1996. They thank Landrien for her friendship and discuss various plans to meet, announce his departure from Harvard Divinity School and move to L'Arche Daybreak (in a long form letter addressed mainly to his students at Boston College), and otherwise note Nouwen's travels and recent publications. A 1988 letter contains photocopies of Nouwen's passport and United States immigration card, sent to Landrien to aid in the process of obtaining a 'French Bulletin #3' so that Nouwen could apply for Landed Immigrant status in Canada. File also includes a letter addressed to Maria Winoska from Nouwen that requires copyright permission, and part of an article dated November 14, 1996, expressing several people's reminisces of their first meetings with Nouwen.

Letters from Rod Botsis

File consists of copies of two typed letters from Nouwen and a copy of a letter from Rod Botsis of the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa (Belleville, South Africa). The letters remark on Nouwen's plan to visit South Africa in 1997, to participate in a Spirituality Conference there, and on the upcoming visit of Botsis to L'Arche Daybreak in 1995.

Letters from Frank Hamilton

File consists of a facsimile of a letter to (Chaplain) Frank Hamilton from Nouwen, including a prayer written for Hamilton on the occasion of Hamilton's promotion to the position of Major in the U.S. Air force. File also consists of the periodical, "IMAGE: The Journal of the Arts & Religion" (Fall 1993), including an article by Nouwen entitled "Touching stone: the sculpture of Steve Jenkinson". The inner title page contains the inscription by Nouwen: "To Frank, with love, from Henri".

Letters from Barbara Johnson

File consists of two colour copies of letters to Barbara Johnson. One letter is a thank-you letter to Barbara Johnson from Nouwen. The other letter references Nouwen's planned trip to Holland and his upcoming sabbatical.

Letter from Dean Levitt

File consists of a letter to Dean Levitt, of Coopers and Lybrand (North York, ON), from Nouwen, outlining his questions and concerns regarding how to organize his finances. Item also includes a Financial Report of Accounts (August 31, 1996).

Letters from Logos Book House Ltd.

File consists of nine original letters addressed to Jason K.W. Too, and later, Albert S.M. Cheung, of Logos Book House Ltd., regarding their interest in publishing Nouwen's books in Chinese. Nouwen outlines basic legal considerations in obtaining translation rights and explains his inability to visit Hong Kong in the near future due to his commitment to L'Arche.

Letters from Elizabeth Emery

File consists of five letters written by Henri Nouwen to Elizabeth Emery from 1988 to 1992. Letter contents consist of the following:

  1. Letter to Elizabeth Emery from Henri Nouwen. Letter is typed, 1 pages, and dated July 6, 1992. Nouwen is writing from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Emery for her card from Easter Point Retreat House (Gloucester, MA), and expresses happiness that she has experienced much healing. Nouwen concludes with reference to "The Return of the Prodigal Son," which he has enclosed. Letter is signed.
  2. Letter to Elizabeth Emery from Henri Nouwen. Letter is typed, 1 page, and dated February 22, 1991. Nouwen is writing from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Emery for her letter, and expresses happiness that she has benefited from the Easter Point Retreat House (Gloucester, MA). In response to her request to recommend a Boston-based spiritual director, Nouwen suggests Emery contact Robert Jonas. Nouwen concludes by declining her invitation to speak at the EANE conference, and explaining his commitment to L'Arche Daybreak. Letter is signed.
  3. Letter to Elizabeth Emery from Henri Nouwen. Letter is typed, 1 page, and dated June 1, 1990. Nouwen is writing from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Emery for her letter and expresses appreciation for learning more about her spiritual journey. He declines her invitation to speak at the EANE congress in January 1992 and other related activities, and explains his commitment to L'Arche Daybreak. Nouwen concludes by assuring Emery of his prayers for her. Letter is signed.
  4. Letter to Elizabeth Emery from Henri Nouwen. Letter is typed, 1 page, and dated March 3, 1989. Nouwen is writing from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Emery for her letter and expresses appreciation for getting to know her better. He references their visit together in Cambridge and Emery's ministry, and suggests she might benefit from moving and taking new risks. Nouwen concludes by describing his car accident and recovery. Letter is signed.
  5. Letter to Elizabeth Emery from Henri Nouwen. Letter is typed, 1 page, and dated September 20, 1988. Nouwen is writing from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Emery for sharing her personal struggles, healing, and the role of God in her life. He describes his bout with physical and emotional exhaustion, including his departure and return to L'Arche Daybreak. Nouwen concludes with references to an icon he gave to Emery and an enclosed book (likely, "The Road to Daybreak"). Letter is signed.

Letter from Mary Frances Coady

File consists of a letter from Henri Nouwen to Mary Frances Coady dated November 24, 1986. Nouwen writes to Coady to thank her for an article Coady wrote on Nouwen in the New Catholic Times. The letter is on Daybreak letter and is signed by Nouwen. A photocopy of the article is included in the file.

Letter from Rt. Rev. Justin DuVall, OSB

File consists of one original typed letter, written by Nouwen to DuVall on the Daybreak letterhead. The letter was originally sent to DuVall along with the book "A Letter of Consolation."

Inscription from Willi Kirchmann

File consists of an original inscription by Nouwen to Willi Kirchmann, dated February 20, 1993. The inscription is in a German edition of "Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World" by Henri Nouwen.

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