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Baby Book

File consists of a baby book given to Nouwen’s mother at the time of his birth.

Poem to Oma

File consists of a poem for Oma, Nouwen’s grandmother (Maria Rutten?).

Boisen – classroom material 2

File consists of Anton T. Boisen’s classroom materials used in a course entitled, "Types of Mental Illness: A Beginning Course," for use in the Training Centers of the Council for the Clinical Training of Theological Students. File contains Parts 1 and 2 of “Types of Mental Illness: A Beginning Course”.

Boisen – classroom material 1

File consists of Anton T. Boisen’s classroom materials used in a course entitled, "Types of Mental Illness: A Beginning Course," for use in the Training Centers of the Council for the Clinical Training of Theological Students. File contains Part 1 of “Types of Mental Illness: A Beginning Course” and copies of Boisen's case studies.

Distribution card

File consists of a distribution card issued to Nouwen. This card identified Nouwen and indicated what resources he received following the Second World War.

Report cards

File consists of one report card and two honour cards. The report card is for the school year 1948 - 1949 at St. Aloysius College, Nouwen's Gymnasium. This report card includes a certificate of honourable mention from July 1949 in the subjects Religion, Dutch, and Geography. The two honour cards are from the school year of 1944 - 1945 (Nouwen's first year at Gymnasium) for Nouwen having earned first place in his class in a subject. The first card recognizes Nouwen for Latin, and the second card for an unknown subject [Bijbljesch?].

Papers from Gymnasium

File consists of two essays handwritten by Nouwen while attending the Gymnasium. Essays include a summary on Gerard Brom, etc., and one entitled, “Salvation is Never Born in Noisiness" (possibly for a religion class or Dutch).

Getuigschrift Gymnasium A

Item consists of a diploma from St. Aloysius College, Nouwen’s Gymnasium in The Hague. Document declares that Nouwen has favourably passed his exams, and is fully qualified to study at a university in Theology, Arts, Law and other faculties. It is signed by multiple people including Nouwen, using the name Harrie.

Gymnasium records

Sub-series consists of essays written by Nouwen during his years at Gymnasium - a grammar school in the Netherlands for students aged 12 to 18 years who aim to attend university. Top students would learn Latin and Greek.

Typescript on exegesis

File consists of a typescript on exegesis, which includes a biblical historiography, the pentateuch, the ark of the covenant, the route of the exodus, and the didactic books of the Old Testament. The header on the pages reads: "Rosendaal, 1952-'53."

Certificate for Tonsure

Item consists of a certificate from Archbishop Bernardus Johannes Alfrink, dated July 18, 1954 , which certifies that Nouwen has received his tonsure (a symbolic cutting of the hair during the process of being ordained). Received while Nouwen was studying at the seminary to be ordained.

Certificate for the reception of the first two minor orders

Item consists of a certificate from Archbishop Bernardus Johannes Alfrink, dated November 14, 1954, which certifies that Nouwen has received the first two minor orders (Porter and Lector; Latin: priores). Received while Nouwen was studying at the seminary to be ordained.

Typescript and notes on J.H. Newman

File consists of several typescripts in various stages of editing for a paper entitled, De Meimaandgedachten van J.H. Newman, by Nouwen. File also contains lists of books pertaining to Newman organized by the libraries in which they can be found, as well as handwritten reading notes and preliminary notes for the paper by Nouwen.

Certificate for the reception of the second two minor orders

Item consists of a certificate from Archbishop Bernardus Johannes Alfrink, dated July 17, 1955, which certifies that Nouwen has received the second two minor orders (Exorcist and Acolyte; Latin: ulteriores). Received while Nouwen was studying at the seminary to be ordained.

Paper on De Mariadevotie van John Henry Newman

File consists of a handwritten draft of a paper by Nouwen, including his handwritten corrections, entitled, "De Mariadevotie van John Henri Newman" ("The Devout Marie by John Henry Newman"). File also contains a typescript version of the paper, again with corrections in Nouwen’s hand.

Reading notes

File consists of handwritten reading notes by Nouwen. It is possible that these were reading notes for the writing of De Mariadevotie van John Henry Newman by Nouwen. The notes cover the following texts:
The Mariology of Cardinal Newman by Francis G. Friedel, SM, 1928
Meditations and Devotions by Rev. W.P. Neville
The New Eve: Catholic Belief in Our Lady (from Letter to Pusey)
The Development of Christian Doctrine ed. C.F. Harrold, 1949
The New Eve by J.H. Newman, 1952
The life of John Henry Cardinal Newman, W. Ward, 1912
La Mariology de Newman par Mgs. H. Francis Davis
Sermon Notes of J.H. Card. Newman, 1913

Materials relating to mission work

File consists of materials relating to mission work, including pamphlets and a typescript by J.B. Moeller titled "Missie en Liefde" ["Mission and Love"]. Pamphlets include: several issues of Annalen (no. 688, 687, 686, 685, 684, 683, 682, 681, 679); De Medische Missiezusters; "Rapport 'Missie en technische Bijstand'"; "Centrum Lectuurvoorziening Voor de Missie - Rijsenburg"; "Helpthen bidden"; several issues of S.P.L. (no. 62, 6160, 59, 58); "Inrichting van de Missie Vereniging Sint Franciscus Xaverius Seminarie Rijsenburg"; "Priester-Missiedag"; Brits Kameroen (Nederlands Medisch Missie Comite).

Dispuut “De Toorts”

Item consists of a certificate with the title Dispuut “De Toorts” that is dated March 7, 1956, and given by Corpori Studiosorum Noviomagensium [University of Nijmegen] from a group called Caroli Magni, and the Roland Society. It is likely that this is a certificate from a student society at the University of Nijmegen that is granting Nouwen membership.

Writings on Ireland

File consists of a spiral-bound notebook with handwritten prose by Henri Nouwen, possibly in part or whole draft of articles on Ireland.

Subdeacon certificate

Item consists of a certificate from Archbishop Bernardus Johannes Alfrink, dated July 22, 1956, which certifies that Nouwen has been ordained subdeacon. Received while Nouwen was studying at the seminary to be ordained.

Deacon certificate

Item consists of a certificate from Archbishop Bernardus Johannes Alfrink, dated November 18, 1956, which certifies that Nouwen has been ordained deacon. Received while Nouwen was studying at the seminary to be ordained.

Draft of De koningin van Ierland

File consists of a draft typescript of an article entitled, "De Koningin van Ierland", that was likely partially published with several other articles by Nouwen about Ireland in 1956.

Travel journal from Ireland

File consists of a red exercise book containing a journal about Nouwen's trip to Ireland. Parts of this journal were published in articles about Ireland in 1956. Journal starts with an entry from August 15th. There also are reading notes in the journal, and notes on conversations. Some notations are in English. Mentioned in the journal are Neil O'Duffy (with reference to storytelling and fairy tales, local history, and customs), and other storytellers, with some notes on Irish tales. Also included are notes in English about synthetic coffee, with some of these notes in English.

Course notes on ethics

File consists of notes relating to a course on ethics, taught by Prof. van Boxtel during the 1955-1956 school year. The notes are typed and handwritten. Typed notes may have been written by J. Vossen.

Brieven van lezers

Item consists of an article which criticizes Nouwen's article "Toekomstige parkeerplaats tussen de sterren" [according to a brief translation].

Seminary diploma

Item consists of a certificate dated July 21, 1957, that is certifying Nouwen's graduation from the seminary. Certificate is signed by the rector of the Rijsenburg Seminary.

Theology diploma from Corpus Studiosorum Nobiomagensium Carolus Magnus

File consists of one theology diploma from Corpus Studiosorum Nobiomagensium Carolus Magnus. This diploma is likely Nouwen's degree from the seminary, which he received after his ordination. The diploma has a raised red wax seal with a ribbon. Diploma is dated November 5, 1957.

Draft of Over twijfel enherkenning

File consists of a draft typescript of "Over Twijfel Enherkenning", a homily written by Nouwen in Heeswijk, The Netherlands, on June 2, 1957. The subject of this homily is Matthew 28: 16-20, and the theme of doubt.

"Toekomstige parkeerplaats tussen de sterren"

Item consists of an article which defends Nouwen's article "Toekomstige parkeerplaats tussen de sterren" after an accusation of Nouwen of being "ensconced behind the walls of the Pius - convict" [according to a brief translation].

Materials relating to Rijsenburg Seminary

File consists of materials relating to Rijsenburg Seminary. This includes newspaper clippings on Rijsenburg Seminary, the events and students of Rijsenburg; programs from events for priests; typed notes on "vindicamus dagen" [restoration days] in Hilversum; a handwritten poem by Brigitta Bruisman in honour of "your" (presumably Nouwen's) ordination; a letter from J. Nieuwenhuis, editor of De Bazuin, thanking Nouwen for sending a copy of his article on Newman; handwritten notes by Nouwen;, and two letters to Nouwen, one from Paul Minchen, and the other from an unknown person.

Roland Society certificate

Item consists of a certificate with from the Roland Society at the University of Nijmegen (Studiosorum Noviomagensium), dated November 22, 1957. The certificate has a red wax seal with word ‘Roland’ inscribed in it and an impression of a drawing of a man with a sword.

Ordination material

File consists of material from Nouwen’s ordination ceremony on July 21, 1957 in Utrecht and on July 28, 1957 in Scheveningen, including reminder cards, dinner menu and a copy of the photograph of Nouwen as a child playing priest.

Seminary records

Sub-series consists of essays and notes written by Nouwen during his time in the seminary. Nouwen spent 1950-1951 at the minor seminary at Apeldoorn, then spent 1951-1953 at the Diocesan Seminary in Rijsenburg, Holland, studying Philosophy, and 1953-1957 studying Theology. Nouwen was ordained on July 21, 1957.

Het teken van de tempel

File consists of typescript of a text titled "Het teken van de tempel" ["The Sign of the Temple"], likely written by Nouwen while he was at the Seminary. Cover page includes a quote in French of A. Leboisset on the mystery of the Temple.

Ordination certificate

Item consists of a certificate from Archbishop Bernardus Johannes Alfrink, dated July 21, 1957, which certifies that Nouwen has been ordained priest. Received while Nouwen was studying at the major seminary in Rijsenburg to be ordained.

Letter to Ton Delemarre

File consists of one letter from Henri Nouwen to Ton Delemarre. Delemarre was a friend of Nouwen's from college.

Course notes: Asthma

File consists of course and reading notes on Asthma, as well as notes on Biecht. Paper is of varying sizes, and multiple pens were used. The notes are based on an internship at an asthma clinic for children. The notes, which are comprehensive also contain details about a "Sinterklass" party that Nouwen may have organized and attended at the clinic.

Certificate from Bernardus Johannes Alfrink

Item consists of a certificate from Archbishop Bernardus Johannes Alfrink, dated September 10, 1957. The certificate grants Nouwen, a member of their archdiocese, the faculties of the church. This gives him permission to preach and to hear confessions while studying at the University of Nijmegen.

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