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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections File
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Photographs of Nouwen, Fred Rogers and others

File consists of twenty-two photographs of Nouwen, wearing a blue collared shirt and gray sweater, and Fred Rogers, Chris (Christopher) De Vinck, and George Wirth during their visit to L'Arche Daybreak on July 24, 1992.

Photographs of The Flying Rodleighs

File consists of four photographs, taken by professional photographer Jurgen Venn, of The Flying Rodleighs, wearing white and gold costumes, performing their trapeze routine on May 16, 1992.

Letters from Ron van den Bosch

File consists of letters, photographs and newspaper clippings from Ron van den Bosch and letters by Nouwen. Also contains correspondence from Robert L. Bell, President of Crescendo Publishing regarding the Desiderata poem.

St. Stephen's Chapel - December 6, 1990

File consists of memos from Nouwen to some members of the Daybreak community, inviting them to the Annual Eucharist and Dinner of the Ansgar Foundation at St. Stephen's Chapel and the National Club in Toronto. Includes copies of the seating arrangement and notes back from Sue Mosteller and Nathan Ball suggesting who from the community should be invited to join them. Also includes a pamphlet in Dutch and a photograph of an alter with Dutch annotations on the back.

Photographs of Weiskel family

File consists of two photographs of the Weiskel family: Peter and Kate Sheehan, and their toddler son, Paul Alfonso Sheehan Weiskel, taken in autumn of the previous year.

Rev. Dehnert and wife (Australia) - October 26, 1990

File consists of a letter from Rev. Dehnert, requesting to do a retreat with Nouwen or Sue Mosteller at Daybreak. Includes a copy of Nouwen's outgoing response stating that their schedules do not permit time for a retreat. Annotations on the letter indicate a dinner was confirmed for October 26th. Also includes a photograph with annotations in French on the back.

Photographs of Marcel and Darla Wegman wedding

File consists of three photographs, taken by an unknown professional photographer, of Nouwen at the wedding of Marcel and Darla Wegman at St. Mary Immaculate Church (Richmond Hill, ON) on January 25, 1992.

Photographs of community members and birthday poster

File consists of two photographs of several L'Arche Daybreak community members in the process of painting a large poster for Nouwen's 60th birthday celebrations, including Bill Van Buren and Fr. Francis Maurice.

Photographs of Nouwen's 60th birthday celebrations

File consists of sixty photographs of Nouwen, wearing a white sweater and dark pants, and other L'Arche Daybreak community members celebrating Nouwen's 60th birthday on January 24, 1992, at the original "Dayspring". The photographs were taken by various unknown photographers, and includes one partially complete roll, many with negatives. In total, there are fifty-two copy prints and nine unprinted negatives.

Photographs of Nouwen at Catholic Women's League of Canada function

File consists of eight photographs of Nouwen, wearing a black suit, at a conference of the Catholic Women's League of Canada in Toronto, ON, on May 7, 1991; he is accompanied by several other L'Arche Daybreak community members including Bill Van Buren, Fr. Francis Maurice, Patsy Ramsay, and Lorenzo Sforza-Cesarini.

Page 9 of Album 14

File consists of page 9 of Album 14. There are four photographs on the page [P8488, P8489, P8490, P8491]. Taken on February 3, 1964 at the Hooge Hoenderberg, Henri Nouwen is seen conversing with friends, including Toon Colen [P8488], and smiling while watching a man with a microphone, at a party in celebration of him completing his psychology doctoral exam.

Page 9 of Album 10

File consists of page 9 of Album 10. There are nine photographs on the page [P7612, P7613, P7614, P7615, P7616, P7617, P7618, P7619, P7620]. Several of Henri Nouwen's friends, including Joseph Nunez [P7619] (standing next to Nouwen's Honda Civic), [Tim Shriver?] [P7617] and Yushi Nomura [P7620], are seen alone, eating and smiling at the camera.

Page 9 of Album 11

File consists of page 9 of Album 11. There are six photographs on the page [P7812, P7813, P7814, P7815, P7816, P7817]. Taken at an airport and on a plane, the photos include shots of Henri Nouwen and his travelling companions boarding a mid-size airplane and views of the landscape from the air.

Photographs of Israel

File consists of 59 slides featuring photographs taken around Israel. It is likely that Nouwen took these photographs while on a trip to Israel in the late 1950s. It does not appear as though Nouwen is in any of the photographs. Some photographs do feature individuals, but the photographs mostly feature landscapes and buildings, including photographs of Nazareth, Haifa, Judea mountains, and a kibbutz.
The slides are numbered, in Nouwen's hand, and included in the file is a list which matches the numbers and briefly describes the contents. List is in Dutch.

Page 9 of Album 3

File consists of page 9 of Album 3. There is one photograph on the page [P6431]. Taken by Ron van den Bosch, the photo is a partial body shot of Henri Nouwen along a canal in Utrecht.

Page 9 of Album 5

File consists of page 9 of Album 5. There are six photographs on the page [P6632, P6633, P6634, P6635, P6636, P6637]. Included are photos of Arthur and Lillenor Habvard, sitting in wicker chairs on a beach, in Scheveningen with Laurent Nouwen in September 1948; Henri, Maria, Laurent, Laurent J.M., Laurien and Paul Nouwen in Scheveningen at the side of their home; Arthur and Lillenor Habvard seated outdoors with Maria and Laurent Nouwen in Meijendel, the Netherlands, in September 1948; Laurent J.M. Nouwen with a horse in Beaxem, where the Nouwen's were summering; and two boys named Paulo and Luca [Cavatorta?] at the Colosseum in 1950.

August 1985

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's participation in August Desert Wilderness, an event protesting nuclear testing, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Includes a copy of a letter from Jim Antal to Anne Bucher and a letter from Jim to Nouwen regarding the event. Nouwen gave a talk on August 6th. Also includes a pamphlet about the event, a postcard, and photograph of Jim and family.

Photographs of Christmas Eve at L'Arche Daybreak

File consists of three photographs of Christmas Eve celebrations at the original Dayspring chapel at L'Arche Daybreak; the photographs depict Nouwen, Emily Hurst and her daughter, core member, Helen Humphries and assistant, John Guido.

Letters from Nouwen's 25th Anniversary of Ordination

File consists of letters, telegrams and greeting cards sent to Nouwen on the occassion of the 25th anniversary of his Ordination. The letters have been numbered by the Archivist. The list of correspondents includes:

  1. Br. M. Alexis
  2. Bob Durback
  3. Bob Serigan
  4. Br. James
  5. Kathy Begina
  6. Walter and Jet Gaffney
  7. Robert Jay Lifton, M.D.
  8. Marge and Tom Melizzi
  9. [Juanita Gerken?]
  10. Jean [Emmons]
  11. June E. Hagan
  12. Jane Bouvier
  13. Kathy Sennott
  14. Phyllis Howelb
  15. Madeline and Dorothea McGinley
  16. Art Laffin
  17. Steve and Carol Berry
  18. Sr. Gabriel Marie
  19. Caroline S. Wales
    20.Manette and Harry Adams
  20. Sr. Catherine
  21. Ken and Lenore Smith-Aman
    23.Joseph G. Kelly
  22. Kay Hartlage and Eileen Walsh
  23. Peg Oetjen
  24. Elaine Fitzpatrick
  25. Barbara Grecco
    28.Mary Fern [Hollis]
  26. Don McNeill
  27. Virginia van Dooren
  28. Tom and Ada Karlin (telegram also from Meg and Ovidio Penalver, Agnes Baker and Laura Shilter)
  29. Sr. Doreen, CP
  30. Frank and Sandy (Sandra) Cihlar
    34.Ellie Drury
  31. Mary Ann Logue
  32. Mabel and John Treadwell
    37.Covenant Peace Community (Rev. Hud Richard)
  33. Gerry McCrane
  34. Fr. John Eudes Bamberger
    40.David [Schlaver?]
  35. Rose and Dan Lucey
  36. Carol [Plantinga]
  37. Jeff [Merkle]
  38. Frank Yeomans
  39. Br. Christian [photograph removed]
    46.Hans and Ann Hermans
  40. Frank Yeomans, Maria Malanchuk, Arlene Ganem, Brad Wolcott and Vincent [last name unknown]
    48.Carolyn Beehler
    49.Callie and Wim Stone
    50.Caroline S. Wales
    51.Steve and Carol Berry
    52.John and Marjorie Mogabgab
    53.Rudy Hokanson and Susan Miller
    54.Sr. Marci [Marcelline] Yurkovic
  41. Anne and Mary [lastname unknown]
    56.unknown prayer card and photograph [photograph removed]
  42. Br. Anthony, OCSO [photograph removed]
    58.Elaine Blondin Kriedel
  43. P. and C.
  44. Br. Theodore.

Letters from Mich and Mary Zeman

File consists of letters from Mich and Mary Zeman, including two typed letters of recommendation for Mich Zeman and a very long typed letter from Nouwen, as well as a joint letter written by Nouwen and Mich to members of their fall 1980 course, Spiritual Direction.

Photographs of Nouwen celebrating Eucharist

File consists of two photographs of Nouwen celebrating the Eucharist at Lake St. George; Francis Maurice (dark gray suit) and other unidentified (L'Arche Daybreak?) community members are also visible.

Photographs of Martin Sheen and others

File consists of two photographs of actor Martin Sheen standing with various unidentified adults and children, possibly in Ireland or the United Kingdom.

Photographs of Rosie Decker

File consists of two photographs of L'Arche Daybreak core member Rosie Decker lying asleep on a bed.

Page 8 of Album 5

File consists of page 8 of Album 5. There are seven photographs on the page [P6625, P6626, P6627, P6628, P6629, P6630, P6631]. Taken in the late 1940s the photos include scouts camping in Oosterwijk in 1949; Maria and Laurien Nouwen with a bicycle in 1950; children in a horse drawn carriage in Mook in August 1949; a shot of a cliff in Dinant, Belgium taken in 1948; three males, one of them possibly Wim [Klink?], at the top of a tower in Apeldoorn in 1949; and Laurent J.M. Nouwen with a horse named [Vingtaine?] in Mook in August 1949. The annotations on the page read: "1949 [Fourajeur?] in Oosterwijk", "1948 Rots van Dinant" and "Pasen. 1949. Op de toren in Apeldoorn Ferry en Wim [Klink?]".

Page 8 of Album 14

File consists of page 8 of Album 14. There are three photographs on the page [P8485, P8486, P8487]. Taken on February 3, 1964 at the Hooge Hoenderberg, Maria and Laurent J.M. Nouwen are seen conversing and drinking with friends at a party in celebration of Henri Nouwen completing his psychology doctoral exam. Included in the photos are Guus Albregts, Lien Otto, Nel Laumans, Wil and Willem van der Grinten and Philip and Puck van Campen.

P8485: Nel Laumans (nee Ramselaar), Maria Nouwen, Guus Albregts, Wil van der Grinten, Philip van Campen

P8486: Lien Otto (nee Rameslaar), Nel Laumans (nee Ramselaar), Puck van Campen, Maria Nouwen

P8487: Philip van Campen, Professor Willem van der Grinten, Laurent J.M. Nouwen

Page 8 of Album 3

File consists of page 8 of Album 3. There is one photograph on the page [P6430]. Taken by Ron van den Bosch, the photo is a head shot of Henri Nouwen along a canal in Utrecht.

Commercial slides

File consists of 137 commercial slides, collected by Nouwen. These slides feature images of a statue of Erasmus (Rotterdam, the Netherlands); the steamer boat "President" (New Orleans, LA); Bourbon Street in New Orleans, LA; images of the S.S. Maasdam of the Holland America Line (possibly the ship on which Nouwen worked as chaplain in 1961); Mammoth Cave, KY; Sawyer's demonstration slide of a Mirascreen projection for slides; Curacao; unknown South American city; 'New York City Skyscrapers'; 'Pope Paul VI in the U.S.A.'; University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN); New York City, NY; Native American dancers from Buffalo Ranch; two sets of slides featuring the Abbey of Gethsemani (Trappist, KY); Mexico; Mexican folklore dances; 'My Old Kentucky Home' (photographs of a home and actors inside); the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia in Cordoba, Mexico; paintings by Holbein and Frans Hals; and the Gemini IV space walk from June 3-7, 1965.

Page 8 of Album 10

File consists of page 8 of Album 10. There are seven photographs on the page [P7605, P7606, P7607, P7608, P7609, P7610, P7611]. Carol Plantinga [P7605], Bob Massie [P7607], Mich Zeman [P7608, P7611], Joseph Nunez [P7610], Mary Zeman [P7610] (partially visible) and other unidentified friends and colleagues are seen working and drinking in Henri Nouwen's office.

Photographs of assistants and core members during skit

File consists of three photographs of L'Arche Daybreak assistants and core members during a skit. Photographs depict: Gord Henry, Sr. Sue Mosteller, Lorenzo Sforza-Cesarini, Nathan Ball, Alan Steers, David Harmon, John Bloss, and others.

Letters from Ada Palieri

File consists of letters from Ada Palieri, writing from Italy, who translated Nouwen's published works into Italian for Queriniana.

Lannoo correspondence file

File consists of business correspondence concerning The Prodigal Son (also referred to as Canvas of Love), Aging, and Lifesigns; business documents including three Dutch drafts of The Prodigal Son and a colour photographic image for the book cover, a colour photograph of a blade of grass, and royalty statements.

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