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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections File
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Reading notes on Boisen

File consists of reading notes written by Nouwen while in the Netherlands in preparation for his thesis proposal, including notes on "The Exploration of the Inner World" (Harper and Brothers, New York, 1952), by Anton T. Boisen. File includes the English version of his dissertation used for discussion with Seward Hiltner. File also contains notes for other interviews such as with Paul Pruyser, Thomas Klink, and Dr. Carroll Wise, all from March to April 1964. [ed. note: Nouwen began at the Menninger Clinic in September 1964.]

Notes from Die seelische Entwicklung des Menschen im Kindes und Jugendalter

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen on Die seelische Entwicklung des Menschen im Kindes und Jugendalter [Psychological development in childhood and adolescence] by H. Remplein. The first two parts are found on the long pages and the third part is found on the smaller size pages. The file also contains typed notes pertaining to Die seelische Entwicklung des Menschen im Kindes und Jugendalter.

Notes from lectures on Epilepsy

File consists of handwritten lecture notes by Nouwen from Dr. K.V. de Loo’s course on Diagnostic Testing and Epilepsy tests, Psychology Department, University of Nijmegen.

Notes from lectures on Psychiatry

File consists of handwritten lecture notes by Nouwen from a course on Psychiatry, Psychology Department, University of Nijmegen, including notes on the psychological approach [to psychiatry]. Last two pages of notes do not appear to be in Nouwen’s hand.

Reading notes

File consists of handwritten reading notes on the topic of phenomenological philosophy, including notes on the phenomenology theories of Merleau Ponty. These notes were likely taken for a class taken during Nouwen's Psychology degree program.

Course notes from class of F.J.J. Buytendijk

File consists of lecture notes for a course taught by F.J.J. Buytendijk, likely titled "Vergelijkende Psychologie" [Comparative Psychology]. The bulk of the notes are on smaller lined paper. The notes on larger paper seem to be a summary of the notes on smaller paper.

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.

Course notes: Sociale Geografie - The Deep South

File consists of course and reading notes from a Sociale Geografie [Social Geography] course on the Deep South of the United States. The course was likely taken in 1962. Material includes a reading list with titles in both English and Dutch. Many of the course and reading notes are in English.

Typescript on Gordon William Allport

File consists of a typescript essay by Nouwen entitled, "Gordon William Allport: Een beschouwing over zijn betekenis voor de godsdienst en pastorale psychologie" ("Gordon William Allport: A contemplation of his meaning of religion and pastoral psychology"), for the Catholic University of Nijmegen.

Een Onderzoek Betreffende de Pastorale Vorming van Legeraalmoezeniers

File consists of a hard bound copy of Nouwen’s, "Een Onderzoek Betreffende de Pastorale Vorming van Legeraalmoezeniers: met bijzondere aandacht voor aalmoeseniers van Militaire Hospitalen" ("A Research Regarding the Pastoral Formation of Army Chaplains with special attention for army chaplains in military hospitals"). Manuscript includes some annotations and handwritten notes by Nouwen and a newspaper clipping of an article on Prof. Dr. Han M.M. Fortmann from May 1964. Tucked into the back pages of the manuscript is a note dated August 28., 1965 from AJvdB which comments on Nouwen's writing [ed. note: it is believed that AJvdB is commenting on "Evaluation of Six Months Clinical Pastoral Training" (see file #313)]. The very back page contains a note from Nouwen saying he regrets he did not find them at home, here is his manuscript ("scriptie"), and he would like it returned to him when he is done [recipient unknown - perhaps it is AJvdB]. Based on this note, it is believed this paper was submitted by Nouwen as his "doctoraal scriptie" (major paper for obtaining the doctorandus degree).

Verslag van een stage bij van den Bergh's en Jurgens Fabrieken N.V.

File consists of an essay by Nouwen titled "Verslag van een stage bij van den Bergh's en Jurgens Fabrieken N.V." [Report of an internship with Van den Bergh and Jurgens factories NV.]. This is a report of Nouwen's time as an intern at Unilever. Report includes drawings and pasted in diagrams of his work and the factory. His internship was conducted from July 1 - August 1, 1958.

Critische notities bij H. Remplein

File consists of three drafts of an essay by Nouwen titled "Critische notities bij H. Remplein: "Die Seelische Entwicklung der Menschen im Kindes und Jugendalter" [Critical notes by H. Remplein: The Mental Development of People in Childhood and adolescence]." One draft is held by a metal clip inside a folder. One draft (presumably the first draft) is handwritten.

Report on voluntary population protection

File consists of a report titled "Rapport Oefening Copex" which is about voluntary service in the population protection group of Nijmegen. This was completed on December 31, 1960 as part of the Psychologisch Laboratorium at the University of Nijmegen. Report includes a copy of an official form documenting Nouwen's voluntary undertaking of a post in the 'Bescherming Bevolking' [Population Protection] of Nijmegen in the function of Aide at the command post. This form is dated October 2, 1960, and is signed by Nouwen. Nouwen likely used his own volunteer experience of participating in an exercise of civilian protecting during war situations or disasters.

Pastoral Supervision in Historical Perspective

File consists of a hard bound copy of the first draft of Nouwen’s "Pastoral Supervision in Historical Perspective", possibly written while at the Menninger Clinic. Typed note on the cover page by Nouwen: "(This study is meant to be a first rough draft. It is not at all ready for circulation. I therefore would appreciate it if you would limit the use of this material to the members of the supervision seminar. I hope you will not let it be read by others. Before it is ready for any further circulation I would like to have it corrected by Doctor Hiltner and Doctor Southard and rewrite parts of it. I hope that you will be so kind as to send me your critical remarks which come out of your discussion and which I can use while rewriting it. Many thanks for your cooperation."

Evaluation of Six Months Clinical Pastoral Training

File consists of a soft bound manuscript by Nouwen entitled, "Evaluation of Six Months Clinical Pastoral Training", as well as typescript portions of the manuscript. This is a reflection on the first two semesters Nouwen spent at the Menninger Clinic. The evaluation took place at Topeka State Hospital.

Dagboek 5 januari – 21 februari 1966

File consists of a bound copy of Nouwen’s diary from January 5 to February 21, 1966, written while he was visiting various universities in the United States, including schools in Princeton, Ossining, Notre Dame, Louisville, Dallas, Houston, and Miami. This trip could have been research by Nouwen into schools for a possible doctoral program in Theology. Nouwen visited Seward Hiltner at Princeton.

Document from Nijmegen University

File consists of one document (13.8 x 11 cm) which declares that Nouwen was enrolled at the University of Nijmegen in the school year 1971-1972, and has access to all lessons. Card includes Nouwen's area of study, which is Theology, and his student number.

Administrative thesis material

File consists of a blank form to apply for a thesis (with spaces for a title and supervisors); a thesis proposal typed on Prof. Dr. J.J.G. Prick's letterhead including a summary of the paper, but this is likely a draft as there are a few typographical errors; a draft for a doctoral thesis proposal with annotations and corrections by Nouwen; a letter from the Social Sciences Faculty at University of Nijmegen written by the Dean of Faculty, O. Schreuder, which outlines Nouwen's Thesis director (Professor Prick), the title of the thesis (De betekenis van Anton T. Boisen's acute psychose in verband met zijn vraag naar de verhouding tussen geestesziekte en religieuze bekering [The significance of Anton T. Boisen's acute psychosis related to his question about the relationship between mental illness and religious conversion]). The letter goes on to say the thesis defense date has yet to be set, and the committee will consist of Dr. W.J. Berger (Pastoral Psychology), Prof. Dr. K.J.M. van de Loo (Clinical Psychology), and Prof. Dr. F. Haarsma (Pastoral Theologian).
File also includes a letter to Nouwen regarding his request for the appointment of a thesis director for his PhD. They sent him a candidate's guideline for a PhD thesis.

Lecture at the Theologische Akademie Utrecht

File consists of typed notes for a lecture given by Nouwen at the Theologische Akademie Utrecht on Wednesday March 10, 1971 on the theme: "Zoals de ouden zongen..." ["As the old sing"].

Notes on "Naming the Whirlwind"

File consists of Nouwen's notes on a book by Langdon Gilkey titled "Naming the Whirlwind: The renewal of God language" (published in 1969). Nouwen also refers to the book as "Making the Whirlwind." Nouwen summarizes the book in his notes. Nouwen summarizes Gilkey's writing on Anton T. Boisen, Russell Dicks, Richard Cabot, and Caroll Wise on page 54, and Seward Hiltner and Thomas Klink on page 55 of his notes.

Typescript and reading notes for De Moderne Spiritualiteit

File consists of a typescript essay by Nouwen entitled, “De moderne spiritualiteit: Bespreking van Louis cognet; La spiritualité moderne, (Histoire de la spiritualité Chrétienne IIIXX Aubier 1966) ("Modern Spirituality: A discussion of Louis Cognet 'La spiritualité moderne'"). Typescripts also contain some handwritten annotations by Nouwen, as well as typed notes.

Een Functionele Godsdienstpsychologie

File consists of a hard bound translation of P.W. Pruyser’s "A Dynamic Psychology of Religion" (New York, 1968) by Nouwen and J. Wissink. It is possible that this translation was done in preparation for, or during, Nouwen’s doctoral studies in 1970-1971.

Theologisch Dagboek 1970 - 1971

File consists of Nouwen’s diary, titled "Theologisch Dagboek" [Theological Journal] which documents Nouwen's Theology studies from October 1970 to July 1971. Volume also contains brief reading notes.

Het teken van het kind

File consists of a typed text titled "Het teken van het kind" ["The sign of the child"] from Christmas 1970 at Dominicuskerk in Amsterdam.

De Bazuin

File consists of a copy of the July 5, 1970 publication of the weekly newsletter De Bazuin ["The Trumpet"] (Jaargang 53, NR. 39). Article on the front page is titled 'Het militair privilege van de theologie-student' ["The Military Privilege of the Theology Student"] by M. van den Berg. The article on pages 4-5 is titled "Amerika: Revolutie beter dan Zelfmoord" ["America: Revolution is better than suicide"] which is by Machiel van Nijkerk and was taken from an interview and compiled by the editors.

Collected notes on Boisen

File consists of handwritten and typed notes presumably created by Nouwen in preparation of his dissertation [De betekenis van Anton T. Boisen's acute psychose in verband met zijn vraag naar de verhouding tussen geestesziekte en religieuze bekering [The significance of Anton T. Boisen's acute psychosis related to his question about the relationship between mental illness and religious conversion], as well as typed reading notes on Boisen and a document by Dr. J.J.G. Prick and Calon on intelligence and dementia. File includes a note from Prick regarding Jung. This note was possibly from a conversation or a class with Prick. Deals with a thesis proposal [dated 1951 but this cannot be correct Nouwen was in seminary at the time]. File also contains reading notes of "Een schets van intelligentie en dementie" by Prick and Calon, with notes of other books, dated February 8, 1971.

Anton Boisen and his Psychology of Religion

File consists of three copies of a typescript by Nouwen titled "Anton T. Boisen and His Psychology of Religion: Summarizing Notes and Quotations from 'The Exploration of the Inner World.'"

Lulu Wendel and Anton Boisen

File consists of copies of letters to Lulu Wendel from Anton T. Boisen, and manuscripts by Wendel entitled, "From Bedlam to Bethlehem", collected by Nouwen. Letters to Wendel from Boisen are regarding a manuscript she wrote about her own experience (citing Boisen) in 1961 (letters are dated 1961 and 1962). There are two copies of Wendel's manuscript; one complete version with illustrations, and one without. File also includes an article by Wendel entitled, “A Visit,” and a Christmas portrait of the Wendel family in 1970. The material was sent to Nouwen by Wendel in 1971.

Boisen Information Requests

File consists of a letter to Nouwen from Harper & Row Publishers in response to his request for the manuscript of Boisen's autobiography. File also contains a transcript of an interview with Paul Pruyser taken by Dwight Norwood on June 14, 1967 (see note to archivist field), as well as a letter from Pruyser to Nouwen dated August 15, 1967, in response to Nouwen’s request for Pruyser's impressions of Boisen.

Boisen – Classroom materials

File consists of copies of materials used by Boisen in the training centres of the Council for Clinical Training of Theological Students. File contains materials related to course work separated into groups, as well as tests and lecture notes.

Boisen - Miscellaneous manuscripts and outlines

File consists of copies of manuscripts of articles, speeches and a blank case analysis form from 1934 - 1957. File also contains a copy of an unidentified manuscript, pages 39 to 94, and Boisen's Curriculum Vitae.

Collected materials – articles and excerpts

File consists of article and excerpts by Boisen collected by Nouwen for study and teaching. The articles are arranged alphabetically by the authors’ last names. Articles match those in "Religion and Mental Health," edited by Boisen (1959).

Council for the clinical training of theological students

File consists of materials relating to the Council for the Clinical Training of Theological Students. These materials date from 1933 - 1949. File includes brochures, meeting minutes and the 1949 annual catalogue of students of theology in Canada and the United States.

Religion and mental health

File consists of an unbound copy of "Religion and Mental Health: Collected Papers," edited by Anton T. Boisen, revised in 1959. Manuscript also includes article by Boisen entitled, "Scientific Method Study of Human Nature.”

Boisen - Articles 1916 - 1928

File consists of articles by Anton T. Boisen written between 1916 and 1928 and collected by Nouwen at an unknown time. Many of the articles are original printed versions. The articles are arranged chronologically by year of publication.

Boisen - Articles 1930 - 1939

File consists of articles by Anton T. Boisen written between 1930 and 1939, and collected by Nouwen at an unknown time. Many of the articles are original printed versions. The articles are arranged chronologically by year of publication.

Boisen - Articles 1940 - 1948

File consists of articles by Anton T. Boisen written between 1940 and 1948, and collected by Nouwen at an unknown time. Many of the articles are original printed versions. The articles are arranged chronologically by year of publication.

Boisen - Articles 1951 - 1959

File consists of articles by Anton T. Boisen written between 1951 and 1959, and collected by Nouwen at an unknown time. Many of the articles are original printed versions. The articles are arranged chronologically by year of publication.

Boisen - Articles 1960 – 1961, n.d.

File consists of articles by Anton T. Boisen written between 1960 and 1961, and undated articles, collected by Nouwen at an unknown time. Many of the articles are original printed versions. The articles are arranged chronologically by year of publication.

Boisen – Articles about Boisen

File consists of articles about, or in appreciation of, Boisen. The articles were published between 1944 and 1967, and collected by Nouwen at an unknown time.

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