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English Department, Graduate Drama Centre and Cinema Studies administration files

Subseries consists of administration files relating to various review and advisory committees and include the English Department Graduate Planning Committee and the Research Advisory Committee. The English Department became a centralized university department in 1975, before it was four separate college departments, including University College English Department, of which Anne Lancashire was a faculty member. Files are organized to reflect this separation of the department. Also included are administration files relating to various committees relating to the Graduate Drama Centre and Cinema Studies.

Constitutional Working Group

The series begins with the records of the Constitutional Working Group (CWG), whose purpose was to "advise the Attorney General and support the Deputy Ministers' Committee in the work which it is undertaking in the post-Meech environment."

Phases

Ontario Government Records on Constitutional Renewal records relate to a variety of meetings and groups (including those in other subseries) that were kept by Prof. Cameron, typically in chronological order (ex. one file per month) or by project phases. These files include minutes, draft reports, briefing books, correspondence, and other records.

General correspondence of Nathanael Burwash

This series consists of a copybook of Burwash's outgoing correspondence arranged chronologically and indexed by surname of correspondent at the beginning of the volume. The letters deal with a variety of financial and academic matters relating to Victoria University, most notably the raising of funds for the new Birge-Carnegie Library.

General correspondence of Richard P. Bowles

The letters in this series touch upon virtually every aspect of university life and illustrate the wide-ranging nature of the President's duties during this era. In addition to being concerned with financial and administrative matters such as the sale and rental of property, the creation and maintenance of physical plant, staff appointments and salaries, scholarships and bursaries, changes in the internal governing structure of the University and, of course, fund-raising during a time of economic stringency, Richard Bowles was responsible for both the creation and implementation of educational policy in light of Victoria's on-going relationships with the United Church of Canada and the University of Toronto. There is considerable material relating to curriculum, especially the shape of theological education.

While Bowles provided strong leadership to the Victoria community, he was sometimes frustrated by the demands of his office: "'The more I write theology and read books, the bigger the grudge I develop toward executive and administrative duties of the kind which necessarily fall upon the President of this institution.'" [Sissons, 295] Yet, despite rising enrolment figures, one cannot help but be struck by the intimacy which still characterized the President's relationship with Victoria students and alumni. Bowles frequently gave both personal and academic advice to students and wrote detailed and knowledgeable letters of recommendation for graduates. While both the First World War and Church Union are referred to in the letters in this series, the tremendous impact of these two events on life at Victoria does not emerge as clearly as one might have expected.

General correspondence of Walter T. Brown and Harold Bennett

Sub series consists of correspondence, 1949–1950, which deals with a range of academic and administrative matters, and includes material relating to the illness of Walter T. Brown, which led to Harold Bennett acting on an interim basis as President.

A severe cerebral hemorrhage in January 1949 so impaired Brown's general health and, specifically, his power of speech that he was unable to perform his duties and consequently retired at the end of June. Until the appointment of a new President in 1950, the office was held on an acting basis by Harold Bennett, then Dean of Victoria College. The series, while very small, resembles the general correspondence of other Presidents in the range of its subject matter, with the addition that much of it deals with Brown's illness.

General correspondence of A.B.B. Moore

Sub series consists of correspondence, 1956–1963, which includes letters of recommendation for Victoria students and graduates, personal letters, and invitations.

Unfortunately, Moore's general correspondence files for the years from 1950 to 1955 and from 1964 to 1970 are not in this series; this gap is somewhat compensated for by the fact that the bulk of the correspondence generated during Moore's term of office was stored in the general and specific subject files which form separate series. Perhaps because of the more specialized filing system, most of the letters in this series are somewhat more personal in nature than was the case in the general correspondence of Moore's predecessors. The correspondence consists largely of letters of recommendation for Victoria students and graduates; inquiries regarding admission or funding; letters to parents, personal friends, university officials and ministers; invitations to university or church-related events; requests for names of suitable candidates for ministerial and academic postings. Moore's interest in overseas missions is also apparent.

General correspondence of A.B.B. Moore, John E. Hodgetts, Goldwin S. French, and Eva Kushner

Sub series consists of correspondence, 1963–1991, predominantly from the term of Goldwin S. French (1973–1987), including personal letters, letters of recommendation, invitations, and correspondence re miscellaneous issues and events. Includes general correspondence of A.B.B. Moore, John E. Hodgetts, Goldwin S. French, and Eva Kushner.

Chaucer course

Sub-series consists of records relating to Johnston's teaching of the course on Chaucer, 1959-2004, including assignment and test sheets, lecture notes, and bibliographies.

Graduate student files

Graduate Student Files, including correspondence, letters of recommendation, student assessments, graduate research, drafts of dissertations.

Research and teaching files

Comments on and revisions to manuscripts, book reviews, essay topics and reading lists for courses, subject correspondence files, microfilm copies (3 reels, 35mm.) of manuscripts in the PRO (“Reflections on the Roman Commonwealth) – [manuscript attributed to Locke but identical w. Walter Moyle’s Essay Upon the Roman Clth.], the Bodleian Library (Locke Ms e, “Treatise on the Civil Magistrate [autumn 1660]), and the Library of Union Theological Seminary, New York (McAlpin Collection: 1. Overton: An Arrow; 2. Lilburne: Rash Oaths; 3. To the supreme authority.)

Other events

Sub-series consists of 168 audio cassettes and 9 videocassettes from other assorted events, talks, and retreats given by l'Arche International. These cassettes do not explicitly fit into the other series in the l'Arche International collection. They have been arranged according to the type of event whenever possible. Sub-series also includes a binder which functioned as a catalogue of the majority of the cassettes that were housed at l'Arche Daybreak. This binder reflects many of the same series, and is located in box 56.

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 notes, typed lecture summaries, course handouts and syllabi, many of which are heavily annotated by Nouwen. It also includes lectures, letters, notes, assignments and course evaluations produced by Nouwen's students and teaching assistants. In addition to the course-specific bound volumes, there are two bound volumes that are labelled as "miscellaneous class material" that relate to Nouwen's early career from 1959 to 1976. This sub-series has been divided into 22 sub-sub series based on the course titles and subjects which Nouwen taught between 1961 and 1994, except for one sub-sub series involving the two-volume set of collected class materials mentioned above.
The sub-sub series are:

  1. Developmental Psychology
  2. Psychology of Personality
  3. Abnormal Psychology
  4. Psychology of Religion
  5. Pastoral Care
  6. Christian Spirituality
  7. Ministry to the Elderly
  8. Hospitality
  9. Discipline and Discipleship
  10. Prison Ministry
  11. Collected Class Materials
  12. The Life and Works of Thomas Merton
  13. Ministry and Spirituality
  14. Ministry in Non-Religious Institutions
  15. The Ministry of Vincent Van Gogh
  16. Compassion
  17. Education and Community
  18. Hesychasm
  19. Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry
  20. Spiritual Direction / Spiritual Life and Spiritual Direction
  21. Introduction to the Spiritual Life
  22. Early Dutch course material

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.

Menninger Clinic records

Sub-series consists of materials pertaining to Nouwen's fellowship at the Menninger Clinic (Topeka, KS), between 1964 and 1966, working in clinical pastoral education, writing and research. Sub-series includes his case study for the fellowship as well as Nouwen’s day book or diary following his immediate time after the clinic.

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 award ceremonies.

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.

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.

Books contributed to by Nouwen

Sub-series consists of books written between 1974 and 1996 of which Nouwen co-authored, contributed a chapter, provided excerpts from his previously published works, or was interviewed. As well, Nouwen also provided introductions, forewords, prefaces, and recommendations to many books also included in this subseries. In addition to the books are photocopies of Nouwen's contributions to two other books not owned by the Archives. Paper notes and inscriptions within the books suggest that many of the books were given to Nouwen from the authors or publishers.

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 cassette recordings of his talks to the monks and community of the Abbey of Gethsemani. Sub-series also contains Nouwen’s own records of the materials he collected on Merton. Sub-series also includes materials relating to Merton’s death in 1968 and homilies of funeral services held in his honour.

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 transcripts of The Flying Rodleigh interviews carried out by Nouwen in November of 1991. Includes 12 audio cassettes, 1 videocassette and 15 volumes.

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 Nouwen was teaching from 1967 to 1975 at Notre Dame, the Joint Pastoral Institute in Amsterdam, Catholic Theological Institute of Utrecht, and Yale. The courses were on the topic of Pastoral Care. The material might also have informed Nouwen's Theology degree, but this needs more research. In a letter in the file titled "Nouwen correspondence regarding Hiltner material" Nouwen writes, "I am presently involved in research concerning Seward Hiltner, and am trying to collect as many of his writings as possible."
Seward Hiltner (1909 - 1984) was an American Presbyterian minister who lived his life and work focused on the interface between psychology and theology. He believed that the two disciplines are vital to each other and that together they were a decisive force in shaping pastoral care and counseling. In addition to many other positions, Hiltner was the theological consultant for the Menninger Clinic as well as executive secretary for the Council of Clinical Training of Theological Students (founded by Boisen in 1930).

University of British Columbia teaching material

Sub-series consists of one file containing two notices of appointment of Watson as a sessional lecturer at the University of British Columbia for the 1949/50 and 1950/51 terms and a memo regarding examination returns.

Income payments and honorariums

Sub-series consists of four files containing income receipts from various employers of Sheila Watson, as well as honorariums she received in payment of her professional activities as a writer and speaker.

Files include:

  • 2006 01 862 Canada Council honorariums and grants
  • 2006 01 863 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) honorariums and royalty receipts
  • 2006 01 864 University of Alberta paychecks and employment records
  • 2006 01 865 University of Toronto statements of earnings

Telephone bills

Sub-series consists of one file containing telephone bills for the Watson's home line in Nanaimo, B.C.

Ephemera from Watson Library books

Sub-series consists of one file of loose notes, letters, dustjackets, promotional material and other assorted ephemera found in volumes of the Watson library collection. Each piece of ephemera is linked to the individual library volume.

Scrapbook 1956, 1958

Sub-series consists of four original published articles written by Nouwen in 1956 and 1958. All articles are described to the item level. Two articles are copies of those found in the other scrapbooks. It appears that Nouwen prepared this scrapbook while studying at Nijmegen (1957-1964) and gave it to his mother in July 1975.

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.

Family papers

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

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, St. Louis, Sydney. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen/his assistants and John B. Shopp, Editor. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include The Wounded Healer, Thomas Merton, Intimacy, Making All Things New, Gracias (also referred to as South American Diary), A Letter of Consolation (also referred to as Dear Father), The Way of the Heart, Letters to Marc about Jesus, In the Name of Jesus, Beyond the Mirror, The Life of the Beloved, Our Greatest Gift (also known as Dying Well/Caring Well and In the Hour of Our Death), and The Living Reminder.

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 Ellsberg, Editor-in-Chief for Orbis Books. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include Walk with Jesus: Stations of the Cross (also referred to as I Walk with Jesus), Gracias, A Cry for Mercy: Prayers from the Genesee, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life, Love in a Fearful Land, and Ukrainian Journal.

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