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Books about Nouwen

Sub-series consists of four books written between 1985 and 1994 about Nouwen or containing a chapter about Nouwen. The two books written in 1994 represent student theses-like material on Nouwen's life. The other two books reflect on the lives of many individuals; Nouwen is represented in one chapter of each book. The books have been described at the item level.

Henri Nouwen: prophet of conversion

Item consists of a photocopy of a chapter of Annice Callahan's book Spiritual guides for today : Evelyn Underhill, Dorothy Day, Karl Rahner, Simone Weil, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen.

Manuscripts by Thomas Merton

  • CA ON00389 F4-12-1-14002-1, 14002-2
  • File
  • [mimeographed after 1968]
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of seventeen mimeographed copies of published and unpublished manuscripts written by Merton. Attached to several of the manuscripts are summaries of the work in Dutch. The file also contains a two page document describing Merton’s last recorded reflections and several of Merton's quotes by an unknown author. Mimeographed manuscripts have been arranged chronologically by the archivist and include:

File 14002-1:
“Isaac of Stella: An Introduction” - date unknown (38-238) 2 copies
“Is the World a Problem?” - April 1966 (38-238)
“Christian Humanism” - May 1966 (38-236)
“A Christian Looks at Zen” - July 1966 (38-237)
“Camus and the Catholic Church” - August 1966 (38-236)
“D.T. Suzuki: The Man and His Work” - August 1966 (38-237) 2 copies
“Love and Need: Is Love a Package or a Message?” - September 1966 (38-239)
“Three Saviors” - September 1966 (38-240)
“Faulkner and His Critics” - February 1967 (38-238)

File 14002-2:
“The Meaning of Malcolm X” - May 1967 (38-239)
“The Shoshoneans” - May 1967 (38-240)
“Camus: Journals of the Plague Years” - April 1967 (38-236)
“Openness and Cloister” - July 1967 (38-239) 2 copies
“The Hot Summer of Sixty-Seven” - August 1967 (38-238)
“Is the 'Contemplative Life' Finished?” - October 1967 (38-238)
“Conference on Prayer” - 1968 (38-237) 2 copies
“Monastic Experience and East-West Dialogue” - 1968 (38-239) 2 copies
“Merton View of Monasticism” - 1968 (38-239) (author unknown)

Materials created by Nouwen about the items collected on Merton

File consists of 34 typed 13 x 20 flash cards summarizing the material Nouwen collected on Merton, flash cards are in English. File also includes two typed summaries, in Dutch, of "Love and Solitude" and "The Monastic Theology of St. Aelred" as well as two black and white prints of Merton from 1941 and 1968.

Collected circus materials

File consists of a variety of materials related to the circus. Includes book lists in Dutch, sketches, a print price list, a copy of an excerpt from the book ‘A second birthday’ by William Stringfellow referring to the circus and a postcard picturing The Flying Rodleighs in action. The postcard is a promotion of the 1995/96 Wereld Sterren Circus. The file also consists of a long typed letter to The Flying Rodleighs from Nouwen dated May 14, 1991.

Circus decoupage

File consists of individual circus colour prints cut from a larger piece of paper, possibly wrapping paper, and glued to 8.5 x 11 sheets of white paper. File also includes a section of the larger paper the individual prints were taken from.

Circus programmes

File consists of six circus programmes dating from about 1993 to 1996. Three of the programmes are in German, two from ‘Circus Barum’ (ca. 1993 and ca. 1996) and one from ‘Der Grosse Asiatiche Circus’ (ca. 1993), three programmes are in Dutch from ‘Kerstcircus Ahoy 1994/1995’, ‘Wereld Sterren Circus 1995/1996’ and 'Circus Carré 1995'.

Materials about the trapeze by Steve Gossard

File consists of two versions of “A reckless era of aerial performance: The evolution of trapeze” a self-published book by Steve Gossard on the trapeze. The first book was printed in 1991 and bears an inscription to Nouwen from Gossard and the second is printed in 1994. Both books contain the article “Frank and the great leapers” by Gossard, published in Bandwagon, July/August 1990.

Interview typescript with Jon Griggs

File consists of an unbound copy of the typescript of the interview with Jon Griggs, catcher for The Flying Rodleighs, by Nouwen which occurred in November of 1991 in Kassel. Throughout this typescript Jon's name was incorrectly transcribed as John.

Interview typescript with Karlene Stevens

File consists of an unbound copy of the typescript of the interview with Karlene Stevens, the sister of Rodleigh Stevens, by Nouwen which occurred in November of 1991 in Kassel. This copy is the same draft as the draft in 14015, but it has different annotations.

Interview typescripts with Rodleigh Stevens

File consists of an unbound copy of the typescripts of the interview with Rodleigh Stevens by Nouwen, which occurred in November of 1991 in Kassel and which consists of two audio cassettes' worth of interview. File 14016-1 is the typescript of Tape 1 and file 14016-2 is the typescript of Tape 2. Throughout these typescripts Rodleigh Stevens' last name was incorrectly transcribed as Stephens.

Night after night

Item consists of a book given to Nouwen by the author. The book is a work of fiction.

Chrétiens: toutes dimensions

Item consists of a copy of a portion of a booklet called "Chrétiens: toutes dimensions", by Jean Vanier and Eric Julien. The article is about the Easter 1991 pilgrimage to Lourdes of 12,000 handicapped pilgrims from all over the world.

The clever retort

Item consists of a copy of a newspaper article called "The clever retort", by John Berendt. The article is about examples of witty and clever retorts throughout history.

The healing community

Item consists of an article called "The healing community" by Jean Vanier. The article is about healing and wholeness through belonging and the community.

Instruction on certain aspects of the "theology of liberation"

Item consists of a copy of an article called "Instruction on certain aspects of the "theology of liberation" by Joseph Card. Ratzinger. The article is an instruction given at the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith held in Rome, Italy, August 6, 1984 at the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord.

An interrupted life: From the diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943

Item consists of a copy of an article called "An interrupted life: from the diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943" by Etty Hillesum. The article is an excerpt of a book of the same name. Etty Hillesum was a Dutch Jew who kept a diary during World War Two about her life during this time.

Must Women Weep?

Item consists of a photocopy of an article titled "Must Women Weep?" by Harrison Smith.

The narrator

Item consists of a copy of a page from a play, the title on the page is "The narrator". The page of the play is about love and is a speech given by the narrator. The play is called "The Ballad".

Standing his ground

Item consists of a magazine article called "Standing his ground" by Michael Norman. The article is about men, aggression, and anger.

That Dutch church

Item consists of a copy of an article called "That Dutch church" by John Wijngaards. The article is about the history of the church in the Netherlands.

US urges new plan to handle refugees

Item consists of a copy of an newspaper article called "US urges new plan to handle refugees" by Pornpimol Kanchanalak. The article is about Thailand's attempt to slow Vietnamese boat people and refugees from entering the country.

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 boxes. The first section contains postcards largely of a religious nature, including architecture churches, monasteries, etc. from around the world) and artwork by Van Gogh, Chagall, Rodin, Degas, Renoir, Barlach, and others, as well as postcards of New York. Also contains a photograph of a sculpture of Jesus on the cross and the three postcards with letters.
The second section contains postcards of a religious nature, including architecture (churches, monasteries, etc. from around the world) and artwork by Renoir, Van Gogh, Rodin, and others. Also contains postcards of people, flowers and nature scenes, and scenes of places from predominantly around the US.
The third section contains envelopes of icons and postcards. The envelopes are labelled "Icons", "Marthe Robin", "Archives", "Abbey of the Genesee", "Marthe Robin", "Genesee", "Rembrandt", "Check For Archives" and "Freiburg Cards". Also contains some loose cards in the back, as well as a photograph of a picture of Edith Stein in 1925 and a photograph of a church, inscribed in Dutch on the back. This box also contains icon ordination cards from the 25th anniversary of Nouwen's ordination.

Hiltner Articles – 1957

File consists of copies of articles written by Seward Hiltner in 1957. Date unknown as to when Nouwen collected the articles; possibly while he was at the University of Notre Dame.

Hiltner Articles – 1960

File consists of copies of articles written by Seward Hiltner in 1960. Date unknown as to when Nouwen collected the articles; possibly while he was at the University of Notre Dame.

Hiltner Articles – 1963

File consists of copies of articles written by Seward Hiltner in 1963. Date unknown as to when Nouwen collected the articles; possibly while he was at the University of Notre Dame.

Hiltner Articles – 1967

File consists of copies of articles written by Seward Hiltner in 1967. Date unknown as to when Nouwen collected the articles; possibly while he was at the University of Notre Dame.

Hiltner Articles – 1968-1971

File consists of copies of articles written by Seward Hiltner between 1968 and 1971. Date unknown as to when Nouwen collected the articles; possibly while he was at the University of Notre Dame. File also contains a bound article with personalized handwritten note to Nouwen from Hiltner.

Hiltner - Papers, Manuscripts

File consists of copies of two short manuscripts by Seward Hiltner entitled, “Religious Anxiety and Values (Self Understanding By S. Hiltner)” (Abingdon Press, New York 1951), and “Clinical Pastoral Education: An Appraisal 1960”.

Hiltner - Curriculum Vitae

File consists of a copy of a curriculum vitae or biography of Seward Hiltner, in paragraph form, describing Hiltner's career and education.

Nouwen correspondence regarding Hiltner

File consists of correspondence between A.J. Van Den Blink, V.R. (full name unknown) (librarians/archivists at the Menninger Clinic), and Nouwen, regarding Nouwen’s interest in listening to audio tapes of Seward Hiltner housed in the archives. File also includes two copies of a bibliography of articles (one of which with the heading: "Articles to be Xeroxed on Inter-library loan for H.J.M. Nouwen Psych Dept."; a list of typed and handwritten notes of articles by Seward Hiltner, requested by Nouwen; an original typed letter to the National Council of Churches from Nouwen requesting pamphlets in which Nouwen writes "I am presently involved in research concerning Seward Hiltner, and am trying to collect as many of his writings as possible," and a letter of response; a copy of a typed letter from Hiltner to Mrs. Kay M. McKinney, Memorial Library, University of Notre Dame, granting permission to copy one of his articles for Nouwen; and interlibrary loan slips for material relating to Nouwen’s research on Seward Hiltner.

Frequent flyer - Delta Air

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's SkyMiles, previously Delta Air Lines Frequent Flyer, account with Delta Airlines. Includes information booklets and pamphlets, correspondence, and statements.

Frequent flyer - general and cards

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's various Frequent Flyer accounts. Includes information pamphlets, information gathered on frequent flyer programs, correspondence, and membership cards. Airlines include Delta, United, Canadian, Air Canada, Northwest, and US Air.

Master Card, receipts

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's Master Card account. Includes account summary print-outs, statements, a card, information pamphlets, and an application form.

Retirement - financial overview

File consists of material regarding an overview of Nouwen's retirement plans. Includes correspondence and forms from Human Resources Development Canada, CPP (Canada Pension Plan), Union Trust, TIAA CREF (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund), The Mutual Group, and The Prudential.

Retirement Fund (US) TIAA CREF

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's retirement fund with TIAA CREF (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund). Includes correspondence, statements, annual reports and magazines. Also includes a copy of Margaret Sutton's Power of Attorney.

Royalty statements 1995 - 1996

File consists of print-outs of royalty information for several different publishers from 1995 - 1996. Some of these pages have handwritten notes by an assistant of Nouwen indicating total earnings or giving information about the royalties involved. Publishers are as follows:
Ave Maria Press (July 1995 - December 1995)
Bantam Books (July 1995 - December 31, 1995)
Crossroads Continuum (January 1, 1995 - June 6, 1995)
Continuum Publishing Co. (July 1, 1995 - December 31, 1995)
Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd. (Period ending February 20, 1996)
Doubleday (July 1, 1995 - December 31, 1995)
Harper Collins Publishers (July 1995 - December 31, 1995)
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. (October 1994 - March 31, 1995)
Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers (July 1995 - December 1995)
St. Anthony Messenger Press (July 1995 - December 1995)

Sabbatical - Henri's extended coverage

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's extended health insurance, travel insurance, RRSP contributions and L'Arche Daybreak expenses during his sabbatical from September 1995 to August 1996. Includes correspondence, notes from meetings, and information booklets. Also includes a list of Nouwen's expenses from September to December 1995.

Ukraine expenses

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's expenses during his trip to the Ukraine in August 1994. Includes copies of notes and receipts.

US invoices in US Dollars

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's invoices in US dollars that were paid. Includes invoices, correspondence, and some notes.

Visa - US

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's US Visa account with Chase. Includes receipts with notes, statements, correspondence, and information pamphlets. Also includes material regarding a refund from Air Canada to the Estate of Henri Nouwen involving Nouwen's Bank of Montreal Master Card.

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