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Henri Nouwen fonds File
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Photographs for A spirituality of peacemaking

File consists of photographs of illustrations by Channing Theime intended to be used in "A Spirituality of Peacemaking", using the working title, "Peace Work". Photographs include three photographs of drawings of Nouwen and five print proofs ("stats") of drawings related to sections and chapters of "Peace Work". File includes a letter from Theime, a photocopy of a rough illustration for the book jacket, and photocopies of the five illustrations with notes explaining their connection to each section of the book attached. File also includes an envelope and receipt for the photograph of the drawing of Nouwen, made out to Theime.

Photographs for Behold the beauty of the Lord

File consists of three photographs depicting a painting of an icon for use in "Behold the Beauty of the Lord". Two photographs depict the painting displayed on a easel, with grass and/or trees in the background, while the third photograph is a close-up of the painting. File also includes a blank photo card featuring a photograph entitled, "Restoration", and envelopes and a business card from Sooter's (Richmond Hill, ON).

Photographs and images for The road to Daybreak

  • CA ON00389 F4-1-1-43-1, 43-2, 43-3, 43-4, 43-5, 43-6, 43-7, 43-8, 43-9
  • File
  • August 1985 - April 1986
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of photographs (including negatives and slides), and images (such as cards, postcards and pamphlets), accumulated by Nouwen during his travels and used in preparation for "The Road to Daybreak". Also included are envelopes annotated with explanations of the photographs and other images.

Abbey of the Genesee file

  • CA ON00389 F4-13-14055
  • File
  • 1982 - 1996, predomonant 1982 - 1985
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of twelve letters from Brother Christian at the Abbey of the Genesee between 1982 and 1996, predominantly 1982-1985. File also contains a photograph and copies of two articles with one of the articles referring to Nouwen's death.

Art/artists - Resources file

File consists of two copies of Rembrandt’s self-portrait, a Spring 1989 newsletter from The Pierpont Morgan Library with an article mentioning Rembrandt and a guide to the Rembrandt exhibit at the Rijksmuseum with a small print of the Rembrandt's Prodigal Son. Also included is a postcard depicting "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee" by Rembrandt and a slide featuring the same painting.

File also consists of an article about an art installation titled "Celestial Vault at Kijkduin" by James Turrell. This was an installation in the dunes near The Hague, created by Turrell (an American artist). There is also an article titled "Een cilinder vol zeegeruis" by Jan Wolkers, a Dutch author and artist.

El Salvador file

File consists of materials pertaining to the play “A peasant of El Salvador” and its performance at Yale Divinity School that was organized by Nouwen in 1983. File also includes a promotional package for the play, the contract for the performance and a promotional photograph.

Icon framing file

File consists of materials relating to icons such as a newspaper article, a letter from Sharon Gill Jones and two photographs of an icon Jones painted. File also includes a map and guide to Cologne and the cathedral.

Icon reproductions file

File consists of graphic material such as photographs, colour slides, negatives and proof sheets related to icons. File also contains an article on one of the icons and several postcards depicting icons. Some of the icons photographed in this series appear in Nouwen's book "Behold the beauty of the Lord: Praying with icons" and it is possible that these photographs were used in the book. The icons include: "The savior of Zvenigorod", "The virgin of Vladimir", "The Holy Trinity", and the icon that Nouwen used for his 25th anniversary ordination card. The file also contains two photographs, Item P2939 of an unidentified icon and Item P2940 a photograph of a cheery blossom tree in full bloom.

Icons from France file

File consists of several stamps and postcards of icons such as Saint Sharbel, The Holy Trinity and The virgin of Vladimir. File also contains a photograph of a painting of Saint Sharbel (Item P2921) and a photograph of an icon of Mary and Jesus, possibly by Peter BTSR Korsuiskia (Item P2922).

Latin America - Bolivia file

  • CA ON00389 F4-13-14190
  • File
  • 1982 - 1988, predominant 1986 - 1988
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of letters from Félix Gregori and Alcibíades Rodriguez Suarez as well as newsletters pertaining to Latin America called "Andean focus" and "Update". File also contains a photograph attached to the letter dated December 23, 1986, in which Alcibíades Rodriguez Suarez asks Nouwen to sponsor his four month old son to be baptized.

Lent - resources

File consists of materials regarding Lent, including an invitation to participate in common Lenten disciplines from Dayspring Team; booklet titled "Keeping Lent in our Home"; text titled "The Passion"; notes; and correspondence regarding planning Lent activities. File also contains a photograph of a mosaic of Jesus.

Letter to Janet Munro

File consists of a letter to Janet Munro from Henri Nouwen regarding his performance as a clown on his 60th birthday. It is titled "Response by Henri Nouwen (to replace "Life as a Daybreak Pastor"). Nouwen writes "The call to be reborn as a clown really had a lot of significance for me and I do feel that all the members of the Daybreak community helped me in this marvellous rebirth. Now I will need a lot of help to use the years ahead of me to grow up as a reborn clown so that I can announce the good news of Jesus with new conviction and new hope. As Pastor of Daybreak I am glad that I can invite everybody of the community to be reborn and to be clowns for God." He mentions Easter, Holy Week, Connie's illness, Lori's baptism, Mark and Moahengi's reception into the Catholic Church, and the first communion of several people. All of these events "became part of the large mystery of our becoming through Jesus the beloved sons and daughters of God." Includes a photograph of Nouwen as a clown.

Peru file

File consists of materials relating to Peru, such material include letters written in Spanish, Peru Update newsletters and a newspaper article. File also contains two photographs attached to the letter dated August 21, 1984.

Photograph of Helene Corbin

File consists of a laminated photograph of Helene Corbin (1983-1991) with note printed on back with name, dates of birth and death, and note in French about her L'Arche home.

Rabbula: Icon of glory file

File consists of materials relating to the Rabbula: Icon of Glory, these materials include three photographs of icons with a sticky in S. Ron's hand: "The Slide Program Icon Glory will offer the information on these."; two audio cassette tapes of the slide show and a paper copy of a slide show. The file also contains a manuscript pertaining to Rabbula Gospel. The materials appear to have been given to Nouwen by S. Ron.

Sabbatical scrapbook

File consists of a scrapbook created by members of L'Arche Daybreak as a gift for Nouwen for his sabbatical in 1995. It consists of photographs of the Woodery, Green House, Genesis Place, card from Centre Street, card from Thelus [George], Peter Rotterman, David Gray, card (with photograph of a sunrise) from Wendy, note from The Hermitage, notes from the Red House, notes from Friends (Judy & Alan Steers, Mary Bee, Martha [Crealock?], Stephanie & Joe Vorstermans and family, Beth), notes from Seniors, notes from the Big House, notes from Office Folks (Wayne & Susan, Wendy & George, Tracey, Jennifer; Myrna, Sue Mosteller), the New House, Church Street, photographs, Stephenson.

Unidad Escolar file

File consists of correspondence between Nouwen and Unidad Escolar between August 1986 and September 1987. File includes copies of typed letters from Nouwen to Unidad Escolar. File also contains six photographs depicting the construction of a building, the photographs are attached to the letter dated November 4, 1986.

Honourary Doctorate of Human Letters, Earlham College

File consists of the honourary Doctor of Human Letters diploma Nouwen received from Earlham College (Richmond, IN) and the contents of a photo album, creator unknown, containing a copy of the diploma, memorabilia from the event and photographs of the campus.
Items in the photo album include: a copy of the Doctor of Human Letters diploma, the convocation citation (author unknown); a program for the convocation; a program for the Earlham College Religious Emphasis Week; a photograph of the convocation; a photograph of the Nouwen speaking at Earlham College; and five photographs taken by T. Strickland of the Earlham College campus, including one each of the ESR Community Building, Earlham Hall, Lilly Library, Carpenter Hall (1987) and one entitled "Campus Scenes, Earlham Hall" (1989).

Assorted blank postcards

File consists of various blank postcards. Subjects include churches and cloisters, landscapes, and some church figures. Included are postcards from Austria, Germany, New York City, Jerusalem, Israel, photograph postcards of the S.S. Maasdam ship of the Holland America Line, and Rome.

Assorted prints, postcards, greeting cards

File consists of various reproduction prints, blank postcards and greeting cards. These prints, postcards, and cards, include mostly religious images, but also a few geographical images. File includes some of the following:

  • one black and white print of a drawing of Jesus wearing the crown of thorns
  • one colour print of a painting with four women dressed in white. Annotation on back of print in unknown hand: "Four Women Martyrs by Sr. Marion Honors. in honor of the women who gave their lives in El Salvador."
  • one black and white photograph (13.9 cm x 9.0 cm) of an unknown priest. Annotation on back of photograph: "file: photos"
  • fifteen copies of the Trinity Icon, with no annotations
  • 1 box set containing 48 reprints of etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn [etchings are numbered and are out of order]
  • 1 box set containing 12 reprints of paintings by Aloys Schreiber, featuring historical comments [in German], and depicting country life in Germany
  • Reproductions of pieces (drawings and paintings) by Rembrandt van Rijn, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Peter Paul Rubens
  • Reprints of pages of religious books and frescoes
  • Several copies of a drawing of Pope John Paul II
  • Postcards and cards include Vincent van Gogh paintings, photographs inside churches, an airplane, Mount Saint Alphonsus (Esopus, NY), monasteries, Pope John Paul II, and other religious art (including some poems)
  • 1 Rembrandt wall calendar from 1991 containing 12 Rembrandt prints, including Return of the Prodigal Son.

Because there are several copies of some of these prints, it is possible that Nouwen intended to send some of these with correspondence.

Portraits of Nouwen in California

File consists of five photographs, taken by professional photographer Kevin Dwyer, of Nouwen, wearing a white sweater and black scarf, in California.

Photographs of Nouwen in trailer

File consists of three photographs, taken by professional photographer Ron van den Bosch, of Nouwen, wearing a blue collared shirt, seated in Rodleigh Steven's trailer likely during a visit with the Barum Circus in Germany.

Photographs of Nouwen and others during Easter

File consists of seven photographs of Nouwen, wearing clerical robes, and other L'Arche Daybreak community members during the Profession of Faith and Confirmation Easter service; among them include Sr. Sue Mosteller, Natasha Stevens, Wendy Lywood and Carl MacMillan.

Photographs of Nouwen with the Flying Rodleighs

File consists of 453 photographs of Nouwen during one of his visits with the Flying Rodleighs, a flying trapeze troupe with the Circus Barum in Germany; they consist of South Africans, Rodleigh Stevens; his wife, Jenni Stevens; sister, Karlene Stevens; and Joe (Johan) Jonas; and one American, Jon Griggs. Frank Hamilton and professional photographer, Ron van den Bosch, also accompanied Nouwen.

Photographs of Nouwen's trip to Lviv, Ukraine

File consists of twenty photographs of Nouwen's first trip to Lviv, Ukraine in August 1993, where he conducted a retreat. Nouwen was accompanied by Borys Gudziak (beard) and Nathan Ball.

Photographs of Nouwen, Michael Harank and others

File consists of four photographs of Nouwen, wearing a blue sweater and black collared shirt, visiting with Michael Harank, two unidentified men and a woman in California, possibly at Bethany House of Hospitality (Oakland, CA).

Photographs of Nouwen with Johna family

File consists of six photographs of Nouwen, wearing a red winter jacket and scarf, during his visit with Franz and Reny Johna and their adult son, Robert, after December, 1993.

Photographs of Nouwen and Laurent J.M. Nouwen

File consists of thirteen photographs, taken by professional photographer Ron van den Bosch, of Nouwen (wearing a blue collared shirt and tan pants) and his father, Laurent J.M. Nouwen in a garden in Holland.

Photographs of Nouwen and Nathan Ball

File consists of three photographs of Nathan Ball's graduation from Regis College (Toronto, ON), with a M.Div., that was also attended by Nouwen and Ball's father, Bob Ball.

Photographs of Nouwen and Sue Stroh

File consists of four photographs of Nouwen, wearing a white collared shirt and dark pants, and Sue Stroh in the original Dayspring kitchen, taken during one of the Strohs' visits to L'Arche Daybreak.

Photographs of Nouwen, family and friends

File consists of three photographs of Nouwen, wearing green plaid shirt, at a party with various family members (including his brother, Paul Nouwen, and niece, Laura Nouwen), and friends (including Flying Rodleigh members, Jennie Stevens and Jon Griggs, and Bart Gavigan).

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