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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Subseries
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Books and articles

Sub-series consists of draft manuscripts and typescripts of many of Nouwen's published and unpublished books and articles, including forewords, introductions and afterwords for other authors' books. The sub-series represents Nouwen'...

Talks and sermons

Sub-series consists of draft manuscripts and typescripts of many of Nouwen's published and unpublished talks (including informal talks and formal lectures), and sermons (including several marriage homilies). The sub-series represents Nouwen&#...

Annual reports on the Regions

Sub-series consists of annual reports from Region 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7. Also includes pamphlets regarding local retreats and meetings and a booklet celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Faith and Sharing community in the Quebec region.

Materials regarding Thomas Merton

Sub-series consists of materials collected by Nouwen related to Thomas Merton. Sub-series includes newspaper articles, mimeographed letters from Merton, several copies of Merton’s manuscripts and several of Merton’s commercially produced audio cas...

Materials regarding the circus

Sub-series consists of materials collected by Nouwen about the circus with particular focus on the trapeze artists The Flying Rodleighs. Include books, articles, circus programmes and magazines. Sub-series also includes audio cassettes and typed ...

Collected articles

Sub-series consists of more than 70 articles collected by Nouwen for his research, writing, speeches, as reference for his duties as pastor, and for general interest. The sub-series consists of newspaper, magazine and journal articles as well as ...

Collected audio cassettes

Sub-series consists of 54 audio cassettes collected by Nouwen. The sub-series contains commercial and non-commercial audio cassettes.

Postcards and icons

Sub-series consists of approximately 500 postcards and icons collected by Nouwen. The postcards are blank except for three which contain letters on the verso. Nouwen maintained the collection of postcards and icons in three plastic index card boxe...

Materials regarding Seward Hiltner

Sub-series consists of articles and materials collected by Nouwen on Seward Hiltner. Materials were likely collected while Nouwen was at Notre Dame University and at Yale Divinity School. The material was likely collected for use in courses that ...

Awards and honourary degrees

Sub-series consists of awards and honourary degrees bestowed upon Henri Nouwen by various academic institutions, religious and community organizations, and literary associations, including correspondence and memorabilia relating to the awards and ...

Collected artwork

Sub-series consists of artwork depicting Henri Nouwen and other framed images and sculptures, which may have been displayed in Nouwen's office or living space.

Personal effects

Sub-series consists of non-religious objects belonging to Henri Nouwen, which were not a part of the collected materials from his office. Includes: personal effects including his car keys, army uniform, and suitcases; and ornaments and crafts.

Postcards, cards and prints

Sub-series consists of various blank postcards, greeting cards and reprints of artwork, including prints of icons, a collection of prints by Rembrandt van Rijn, and other reprints of mostly religious artwork. It is possible that Nouwen had intende...

Religious artifacts

Sub-series consists of religious artifacts owned by Henri Nouwen but not a part of the collected materials from his office, including psalms and prayers, rosary beads, stoles, vessels, large wooden crucifix, a tabernacle, and a gold chalice.

Early personal photographs

Sub-series consists of approximately 221 slides taken by or collected by Nouwen. These slides are early personal photographs of Nouwen's.

Photograph albums

Sub-series consists of 5 photograph albums containing approximately 781 photographs and ephemera taken by or collected by Nouwen. Included are early personal photographs of Nouwen's trips abroad, his time at seminary school and his tenure at ...

Invitations declined

Sub-series consists of correspondence and administrative instructions regarding invitations to Nouwen to speak. All of the invitations in this sub-series were declined.

Weekly calendars

Sub-series consists of Nouwen’s weekly appointment calendars from 1975 to 1996. Most contain ephemeral material (including personal notes, reminders, invitations and miscellaneous information) which has been removed and placed in separate envelopes.

Retreat and discernment notes

Sub-series consists of notes and notebooks written by Nouwen concerning his personal spiritual journey, including retreat and meeting notes, personal meditations and discernment notes.

Personal papers

Sub-series consists of personal papers collected by Nouwen over his lifetime for sentimental reasons including mementos, ephemera, and materials relating to his childhood, career and his friends. Sub-series has been organized in chronological order.

Family papers

Sub-series consists of papers Nouwen collected over the years relating to his family. Material has been organized in chronological order.

Official documents

Sub-series consists of official papers kept for legal, insurance and professional reasons, including immigration papers, and personal identification cards.

Ave Maria Press files

Sub-series consists of five files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Ave Maria Press, a publishing company located in Notre Dame, Indiana. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen or his assistants and Eugen...

Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Group files

Sub-series consists of seven files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Group, a publishing company located in New York, NY. In 1992 The Crossroad Publishing Company became a wholly-o...

Darton Longman & Todd Ltd. files

Sub-series consists of eleven files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Darton Longman & Todd Ltd., a publishing company located in London, England. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen/his assistants ...

Doubleday files

Sub-series consists of sixteen files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Doubleday, a publishing company located in New York, NY. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen or his assistants and Robert T. Helle...

Harper San Francisco files

Sub-series consists of fifteen files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Harper San Francisco, from (at various times) New York, Hagerstown, London, San Francisco, Cambridge, Philadelphia, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, ...

Lannoo files

Sub-series consists of ten files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Lannoo, a publishing company located in Belgium. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen or his assistants and Lieven Sercu, publisher for ...

Orbis Books files

Sub-series consists of seven files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Orbis Books, a publishing company located in Maryknoll, New York. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen or his assistants and Robert El...

Verlag Herder files

Sub-series consists of fourteen files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Verlag Herder, a publishing company located in Freiburg, Germany. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen/his assistants and Franz Joh...

General publisher files

  • CA ON00389 1-5-9
  • Subseries
  • 1984 - 1995, predominant 1987 - 1991
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of eighty files related to business dealings with publishers that Nouwen dealt with on an occasional basis. These files relate primarily to the publication of articles, requests to reprint passages from previously published boo...

General financial files

Sub-series consists of Nouwen's general financial files kept by his staff between 1980 and 1997. Includes material regarding bank accounts, credit cards, expenses, financial statements, frequent flyer programs, income from donations, honorari...

Ledgers

Sub-series consists of cash books and ledgers kept by Nouwen and his staff between December 1981 and April 1997. The cash books were used to keep track of Nouwen's daily expenses between September 1982 and June 1987. The ledgers were used to ...

Personal accountant files

  • CA ON00389 1-6-3
  • Subseries
  • June 1981 - April 1995, predominant January 1989 - December 1994
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of material sent by Nouwen's personal accountant (Joe Sarno) to Nouwen's office at Daybreak in January 1996. Includes the 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994 income tax returns and supporting documentation. Also in...

Expenses files

Sub-series consists of material regarding Nouwen's expenses. The files were started by Nouwen's staff after his arrival at L'Arche Daybreak in August 1986. Statements, invoices, and receipts (some with notes) were collected accordin...

Cheque and deposit books

Sub-series consists of cheque and deposit books for some of Nouwen's banking accounts. Includes Nouwen's used cheque books with carbon copies from his Bank of Montreal accounts. Includes deposit books for two of Nouwen's Bank of Mo...

Course lectures, handouts, reading, and student notes

Sub-series consists of bound volumes of materials and loose documents created and used by Nouwen for his teaching positions various academic institutions in both North America and Europe. This includes reading notes, preparation notes, lecture not...

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