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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Series
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Secondary resources collected by Madeleine Séguin, Secretary of the North American Committee, related to Jean Vanier

The series consists of monographs (in the form of letters) written by Jean Vanier regarding his work with L' Arche 1972-1979, correspondence regarding the financing of Faith and Sharing retreats 1972, and articles and newspaper clippings from Canadian newspapers on Jean Vanier and his work with the Faith and Sharing Federation 1972-1974.

Séguin, Madeleine

Collected material for Biography

Series consists of material accumulated by Flahiff during the course of writing "Always Someone to Kill the Doves: A Life of Sheila Watson", published by NeWest Press, 2005.

Series consists of 4 sub-series:

  1. Collected letters
  2. Collected records from Wilfred Watson fonds
  3. Transcriptions of selected letters from Wilfred Watson fonds
  4. Finding Guides and Research Tools

Photographs series

Series consists of one audio compact disc dated April 19, 2008. The CD contains photos taken of L'Arche, including photos of Jean Vanier, Henri Nouwen, Barbara Swanecamp, L'Arche Trosly Breuil, Père Thomas, Pope John Paul II, core members, and assistants. CD was created for the memorial service of Barbara Swanecamp.

Manuscripts

Series consists of draft manuscripts and typescripts of more than 150 books and articles, forewords and introductions, sermons, and talks by Henri Nouwen. The date range of the materials is from 1956 to 1996. The series contains drafts of 49 of his articles and drafts of 41 books (Nouwen published over 300 articles and 39 books in his lifetime). In addition to handwritten drafts or typescripts some files may also include loose notes (usually background reading notes), galley and print proofs, administrative papers, correspondence regarding the materials, and photographs and artwork used in the process of publication.

The materials in the Series reflect Nouwen’s general writing process: for the most part he hand-wrote his works on foolscap or in hard-back journals, often he created reading notes pertaining to the subject he was writing on, drafts were typed by an administrative assistant and then circulated to friends and other readers for comment. He saved all of the drafts, often incorporating the notes made by himself and other readers, in order to create one final work.

Common themes present in the drafts include: spirituality, love, God, psychology, theology, relationships, prayer, ministry, and Christian life. Nouwen often reflected on his own spiritual journey and experiences in his works in journal form. This writing was often deeply personal and it is for this reason that some of the manuscripts and drafts are restricted from use, including Man at the Watershed, A Spiritual Journey, Taken, Blessed, Broken, Given (parts of which were published in Life of the Beloved), The Inner Voice of Love, Adam, and Sabbatical Journey.

With exception of the sermons, most material has been published. Eight transcripts have been identified as unpublished, including a book on Anton T. Boisen based on Nouwen’s doctoral thesis, a draft of a work about Nouwen’s friend Richard Alan White, and notes for a book Nouwen began in 1991 regarding the trapeze and the spiritual life as well as some of the restricted material listed above. See file descriptions for more information on each work.

The series has been arranged into two sub-series:

    1. Books and articles
    1. Talks and sermons

Each of these sub-series has sub-sub-series, files, and items. They have been arranged chronologically.

Papers of Father John O'Connor

Series consists of a collection of hand-written and typed manuscripts, poems, translations and radio transcripts created and accumulated by Monsignor John O'Connor, as well as his correspondence, collected ephemera (including news clippings, Christmas cards, posters, pamphlets, and small press publications) and research notes. The majority of the material relates to O'Connor's friendship with the author G.K. Chesterton, although O'Connor also translated Latin religious poetry and composed his own verse and wrote prose pieces on literature, Church history, morality, religion and philosophy.

Manuscripts

Series consists of handwritten and typed manuscripts of essays on Newman, as well as various draft chapters from his PhD thesis, "The Published and Unpublished Anglican Sermons of John Henry Newman : Prolegomena to an Edition" (completed in 1974), and two copies of the final thesis.

Head of House and Regional Meetings

Series consists of 68 audio cassettes made during the course of Head of House meetings or Regional meetings of L'Arche International. The Head of House provides support for the Community Leader by taking direct responsibility for the home. The Leader administrates the overall community, but the Heads of Houses take on the responsibilities of the home for the Leader. The Community Leader regularly meets with Heads of Houses to hear details, issues, listen to questions, to make community announcements, and create a supportive community around any situations that may need support.

Faith and Sharing

Series consists of 103 audio cassettes and 15 videocassettes made during Faith and Sharing events. <p>The Faith and Sharing Federation /Foi et Partage is a bilingual Catholic organization with a mandate to deepen and foster the experience of Christian community through week long retreats. The principal function of the Faith and Sharing Federation is to organize annual retreats however they are also active during the year through local communities.</p> <p>The first Faith and Sharing retreat was held in Marylake, Ontario in 1968 and was led by Jean Vanier, A retreat is usually a five or seven day excursion to a retreat centre or church that consists of time for personal prayer, a presentation based on biblical scripture by one or more animators and group meetings where people can share their experiences. Mediation, relaxation and silence are a primary focus of the retreats; music and song are also considered important and there is often a theme song chosen for a retreat. There are

Photographs

Series consists of colour and black and white photographs (including negatives) accumulated by Nouwen, and colour slides taken by him and others. Photographs not taken by Nouwen were gathered mainly from friends and acquaintances through correspondence, over a period of approximately 30 years. The photographs were stored by Nouwen and his administrative assistant(s) in files, or displayed on one of several large bulletin boards Nouwen used in his office and photograph albums compiled. Some photographs that arrived with correspondence were kept in the General Files series with their letter of origin, while others which were not clearly attached to a letter were separated and added to this series.

Subject matter depicted in the photographs include professional portraits of Nouwen; Nouwen in both his professional and private capacities at: the Yale and Harvard Divinity Schools, and at L'Arche Daybreak (leading church services, at birthdays and Christmas celebrations), religious events (baptisms, first communions, ordinations and weddings); as well as his travels to Peru and Bolivia, the United States, France, and other countries; and with his family in the Netherlands both as a child and as an adult. Photographs also depict Nouwen's friends, their families, and L'Arche Daybreak assistants and core members. In addition, a large number of photographs in this series (approximately one fifth), document Nouwen's time spent in Germany with a flying trapeze troupe, The Flying Rodleighs.

Slides were taken by Nouwen of Martin Luther King, Jr’s civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, AL, in March 1965; of the University of Notre Dame; vacations, including a trip to Greece; and of Nouwen with Rodleigh Stevens of The Flying Rodleighs in 1995.

This series is arranged in three sub-series:

1.15.1. Photographs Accumulated by Henri Nouwen
1.15.2. Early Personal Photographs
1.15.3. Photograph Albums

The series include both file- and item-level descriptions. Photographs and slides are arranged in chronological order where possible.

Collected materials

Series consists of material collected by Nouwen on topics, people, and issues of interest. Nouwen used this material for articles, books, lectures, talks, sermons, general interest, and as reference for his duties as pastor, friend, researcher, and writer. Includes journal articles, books, sound recordings, newspaper clippings, photographs, newsletters, and manuscripts. See sub-series level descriptions for more detail.

The series has been arranged in the following six sub-series:
1.12.1. Materials regarding Thomas Merton
1.12.2. Circus material (excluding unpublished manuscripts which are located in the Manuscript Series)
1.12.3. Collected articles
1.12.4. Collected audio cassettes
1.12.5. Postcards and icons
1.12.6. Materials regarding Seward Hiltner

Assistants' Retreats and Meetings

Series consists of 169 audio cassettes and 7 videocassettes made during retreats and meetings given by and for assistants of L'Arche International. The assistants are those individuals that live and work in L'Arche communities and assist the core members. From email from Sr. Sue Mosteller, "L'Arche feels it's important to support those who live and work day in and day out in the homes with the people, so it calls them together for formation sessions, leadership training, and retreats for the spiritual journey. Because l'Arche is Ecumenical and Interfaith, the retreats are very beautiful with recognition of people's individual traditions and an attempt to find meaningful ways to pray and worship together. Often the meeting ends with a celebration of the Washing of the Feet - which symbolizes the serving and being served, the blessing and being blessed of each person in l'Arche."

L'Arche Renewals

Series consists of 242 audio cassettes made during l'Arche Renewal retreats. Renewal Retreats are part of an effort to support assistants that have lived for 10 years or more at l’Arche. These are organized by the l’Arche International Council. The assistants of 10 or more years are invited to come away for 10 weeks of conferences, sharing, a retreat, and an occasion to rest, pray, share, and learn about difference cultures and practices within l’Arche around the world. These events are very spiritual, and provide a great amount of support and enlightenment for those assistants.

Other events, talks, and speakers

Series consists of 838 audio cassettes and 15 videocassettes made during events or talks other than those designated by other series. Series also includes cassettes with talks by speakers at L'Arche events which are unidentified. These cassettes have been organized, when possible, by event or type of event, or by speaker (when only one speakers is present). There are also several cassettes of music that were likely used during retreats or events, as well as several commercial tapes of music and talks, that were collected by L'Arche Daybreak and kept for use by L'Arche members. <p>Series also includes the Tape Reference binder with a catalogue of cassettes that were kept at l'Arche Daybreak (box 56).

Publishing records and business correspondence

Series consists of correspondence, legal agreements, royalty statements, permission requests and other materials related to Watson's insolvent in publishing her own works of literature, solicitations from publishers to submit work, requests to adapt her work for film, theatre and radio, as well as her support and patronage of other publishing efforts. The series has been arranged alphabetically by publisher name or by primary correspondent. More general correspondence from publishers and periodicals regarding book purchases and subscription renewals can be found in the Financial and legal materials series.

Teaching material

Series consists of four-sub series containing materials created and generated by Watson during her career as a school teacher and as a university professor, including correspondence, course prospectus', student papers and exams, and lecture notes. This series also includes the material of Ph.D. candidates who were supervised by Watson after her retirement in August 1975.
Sub-series include:

  1. Elementary and secondary school teaching material
  2. University of British Columbia teaching material
  3. University of Toronto teaching material
  4. University of Alberta teaching material
  5. Post-retirement teaching material

Research and reference materials

Series consists of materials created and accumulated by Watson in the course of her research for various creative and academic activities, as well as material preserved by Watson for her own personal reference. This includes 3 sub-series:

  1. Reading notebooks
  2. Reading, research and reference notes
  3. Collected material

Personal records, artwork and artifacts

Series consists of 21 files of address books, diplomas, medals, awards and honorary degrees; artwork and drawings by herself and others; rosaries and other items and objects belonging to Sheila Watson.

File list includes:

Box 61

  • 2006 01 952 Baptismal Certificate, 1909
  • 2006 01 953 Address book [after 1957]
  • 2006 01 954 Address book [between 1958 and 1961]
  • 2006 01 955 Address book [after 1978]
  • 2006 01 956 Address book [June 1961]
  • 2006 01 957 Address book [after 1962]
  • 2006 01 958 Address book [ca. 1979]
  • 2006 01 959 Address book [between 1978 and 1979]
  • 2006 01 960 Address book [ca. April 16, 1979]
  • 2006 01 961 Address book [ca. 1981]
  • 2006 01 962 Address book [after 1981]
  • 2006 01 963 Address book [between 1985 and 1993]

Box 62

  • 2006 01 964 Material regarding 1965 University of Toronto convocation, 1965
  • 2006 01 965 Documents and award regarding Canada Silver Jubilee Medal, 1977
  • 2006 01 966 Lorne Pierce Medal from the Royal Society of Canada, May 29, 1984
  • 2006 01 967 Correspondence and certificate from the Federation of British Columbia Writers, 1987
  • 2006 01 968 Honourary Degree, University of St. Michael's College, 1995
  • 2006 01 969 Doherty and Martin family records
  • 2006 01 970 Drawings and paintings by Sheila Watson [after 1948]
  • 2006 01 971 Drawings and paintings by other artists belonging to Watson
  • 2006 01 972 Personal effects and belongings [after 1941]

Reference Material

Series consists of reference material compiled and retained by Wilfred Watson. Specifically, the series contains theses composed for and submitted to the University of Alberta's Department of English and presumably sent to Wilfred Watson for his perusal.

Personal Records

Series consists of items in the collection that are uniquely personal to Wilfred Watson, which includes ephemera, loose notes, poetry fragments, word play, jottings and citations made by Wilfred Watson on scraps of paper, cigarette packages and used envelopes.

Literary Drafts/Writings

Series consists of Wilfred Watson manuscripts, typescripts, drafts and notes regarding his writing, poetry, plays, short stories, miscellaneous papers and publications. Specifically, the series contains handwritten notes regarding an unknown philosopher; a typescript and published copy of the essay "McLuhan's collective wordplay"; manuscripts of poems; and a reflection paper titled "Mettre en conte le dream".

Community files

Series consists of correspondence files collected from a number of sources within Daybreak. Where possible, the source of the file has been identified in the file level description. The files document a wide range of activities and programs in the community.
The types of records include: incoming and outgoing correspondence re: community events and activities; minutes of meetings; research reports; newsletters and publications; articles and news clippings.
Subjects found in the series include: Dayspring II; training and retreats for assistants; Daybreak and L'Arche anniversaries; Jean Vanier events; Walkathon and other fund raising events: The Woodery and other work programs; spiritual life; Children’s Home project; admission of core members; and the administration of houses.
See file descriptions for more detailed content information.

Director - Board of Directors files

Series consists of minutes of meetings and files of the L'Arche Daybreak (earlier named Friends of L’Arche) Board of Directors. The records document the origins and development of all Daybreak programs, facilities and projects.
The types of records include: copies of core corporate documents; minutes of meetings; internal and external research reports; audited financial statements; regular operating reports of the Director and Community Leaders; proposals for new programs and projects; incoming and outgoing correspondence regarding Board organization, Board membership, and fundraising activities.
Subjects found in the series include: acquisition and development of houses; property development; development of the Dayspring and Dayspring II initiatives; the Woodery, Daybreak Farm, and other work programs; employment of senior management staff; recruitment of Board directors; staff remuneration and benefits; Daybreak and L’Arche anniversaries; financial status; fundraising events; pastoral services and spiritual life; relationships with L’Arche on the regional, national and international levels.
See file descriptions for more detailed content information.

Organizational records

Records document the foundation's mandate, activities, and history. They include the foundation's logo creation, "foundational statement", historic timeline, press cuttings, and newsletters.

Publications

This series includes two books written by Gila Margolin, "The Moving Swan" (2006), and "Where the Woods Meet the Water" (2014). There is one copy of the former and three copies of the latter, one in French ("La où les bois côtoient l'eau").

Gila Margolin, personal

This series is divided into two main categories:

The first contains copies of Gila Margolin's family tree (Margolin and Bergson), as well as a copy of a family photograph.

The second contains ephemera from Margolin's travels (brochures, tickets, a tote), and correspondence.

Published works

Series consists of published works written and collected by Nouwen during his lifetime. Although there are some of his earliest writings dating from 1956, the series is predominantly dating from 1970 to 1996.

The series has been arranged in the following ten sub-series taking into account the author(s), subject(s), and format of the records:

1.9.1. Articles by Nouwen
1.9.2. Articles co-authored by Nouwen
1.9.3. Interviews of and articles about Nouwen
1.9.4. Book reviews
1.9.5. Scrapbook 1956-1965
1.9.6. Scrapbook 1965-1982
1.9.7. Books by Nouwen
1.9.8. Books contributed to by Nouwen
1.9.9. Books about Nouwen
1.9.10. Guides

A more detailed description of each sub-series, as well as each subseries arrangement can be found in the sub-series descriptions.

Bibliography working files

Series consists of research notes, index cards, correspondence and draft manuscripts of Feeley's bibliography on Marshall McLuhan. Also includes a draft paper of an article by Feeley on Plato and McLuhan.

Correspondence with Marshall McLuhan

Series consists of 12 letters to James Feeley from Marshall McLuhan. The letters are predominantly from 1962-1965, but there is one letter from 1977. The series also consists of five letters from Feeley to McLuhan between 1964 and 1965.

Administrative files

Series consists of 2 files of administrative records created and used by Feeley from 1966-1970. One file pertains to Feeley's position as Administrative Assistant for Explorations, the other consists of material related to microfilming some of McLuhan's articles and other material.

Meeting minutes and reports

Series consists of agendas, minutes, reports (including budgets and other financial statements), proposals, and other materials prepared for meetings of committees and groups within the New Catholic Times. Series is divided into the following sub-series: 1. Membership and Board of Directors' meetings 2. Publishing Group meetings 3. Staff meetings.

History and Spirit of Faith and Sharing

The series consists of documents about the history and development of the Faith and Sharing Federation. This includes documents related to first retreats and the incorporation of the Faith and Sharing Federation as a registered charity. There is also material on the history and development of the regional groups. This includes correspondence from the regional delegates about the organization of annual retreats and meetings, 1972-1976, lists of attendees and representatives and newsletters detailing the activities of the regions. There is also a collection of annual reports for the period 1995 to 2002. There is also material on the organizational structure of the Faith and Sharing Federation and the North American Committee including a practical guide to the retreats and personal reflections on the Faith and Sharing movement by members of the North American Committee.

Correspondence of the North American Committee

The series consists of correspondence related to the organization of meetings of the North American Committee and the organizational structure for the North American Committee. Also includes letters of invitation to Bishops in the regions of North America to join the Committee and their replies, as well as letters on financial matters including requests for donations from the Faith and Sharing communities.

The correspondence of the North American Committee starts in 1979 and not in 1972. The North American Committee was formed in 1972 but it was not until 1978 when the Executive Committee was formed that there was visible leadership in the Faith & Sharing Federation. In the series entitled ‘Correspondence of the Regional Delegates’ there are documents which list the members of the North American Committee dating from 1973. However in a letter from December 1978 in the series ‘Documents related to the North American Annual Meetings', there is a list of the members of the North American Committee and a plan to form the Executive Committee in order to meet the expressed need for visible leadership. This suggests that up until that date the North American Committee did not have a visible leadership. This also explains why there was a limited amount of correspondence kept by the Secretary of the North American Committee up until that date.

The correspondence from 1999 to 2001 which appears in the original list produced by Séguin is not available in the archive and may have been kept by the Faith & Sharing Federation.

Financial Files

Series consists of annual and monthly financial reports of Faith and Sharing (later the Faith and Sharing Federation), including statements of income and expenditure, and income tax reports.

Sound recordings of Retreats

The series consists of sound recordings of Faith and Sharing retreats throughout North America between 1971 and 1993. The majority of the recordings feature retreat talks given by Jean Vanier, but contributions made by other Faith and Sharing members appear throughout.

Incoming correspondence

Series consists of Fred T. Flahiff's personal correspondence, deposited with the library due to its relevance to Flahiff's work on Sheila Watson. Includes 53 letters from Sheila Watson, 3 letters and 34 pages of poetry and 20 illustrations in ink and pastel (17 of which are photocopied) from Wilfred Watson. Also includes letters from others: one letter from B.J. Mitchell; one letter from a Mike (last name unknown), regarding an entry on Sheila Watson in the UBC yearbook "Totem" from 1931; one letter from Douglas M. Gibson, publisher at McClelland and Stewart.

Publisher files

Series consists of correspondence and other material related to the business of publishing. The files provide the researcher with detailed and comprehensive information about the genesis and publication of most of Nouwen's books, as well as biographical information about Nouwen the writer, the business man, and the man.

The series is arranged alphabetically and divided into nine sub-series based on names of the main publishers of Nouwen's books:
1.5.1. Ave Maria Press files
1.5.2. Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Group files
1.5.3. Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd. files
1.5.4. Doubleday files, Harper San Francisco files
1.5.5. Lannoo files
1.5.6. Orbis Books files
1.5.7. Verlag Herder files
1.5.8. General publisher files

With the exception of the General files, these files represent the major publishers that Nouwen worked with from 1973 to 1996. Although the files contain material on all books published up to Nouwen's death, since his first book was published in 1969, it can be presumed that some of the correspondence and documents from 1969 to 1972 are missing.

The files may include: business correspondence discussing book ideas, titles of books and other issues, including copies of outgoing letters containing Nouwen's response to all stages of publication; business documents such as draft manuscripts, revised manuscripts with annotations, responses to manuscripts by editors and other readers, draft illustrations and mock booklets for design purposes, galleys, page proofs, royalties and advance statements, original publisher/author agreements and contracts; personal correspondence between Nouwen and his editors. The files also contain outgoing correspondence by Nouwen's various assistants over the years, including Connie Ellis, Kathy Christie, Lydia Banducci, Margaret Sutton, Peter Weiskel, Joseph Sarno, Carol Plantinga, Deborah A. Hawkins and Vincent Masi.

The files relate primarily to book publication, however, they also contain material about the publication of articles and audiocassettes, video, material related to requests from publishers for endorsements, forewords and introductions to the books of other writers, and in some cases, especially in the General Publisher files sub-series, requests for permission to publish parts of Nouwen's work and translation rights to his books. Correspondence can be found from publishers in the Netherlands, the former East Germany, Belgium, England, France, Spain, Poland, Italy, South Africa, India, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

In all descriptions, working book titles are followed by published titles, if different.

Teaching materials

  • CA ON00389 F4-7
  • Series
  • 1966 - 1985, 1994; predominant 1971 - 1981
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Series consists of materials created by Nouwen for use in his capacity as a professor and instructor. These materials include notes for lectures, reading notes, class lists, handouts for students, class schedules, course evaluations, audio recordings of lectures, and records related to the administration of courses.

Series has been divided into two sub-series:

1.7.1. Course handouts, lecture, reading and students notes (1966 - 1994, predominant 1972 - 1981). This sub-series also includes 14 audio recordings of Nouwen's lectures and 357 art slides which he used in his lectures on Van Gogh.
1.7.2. Administrative records (1966 - 1994, predominant 1983-1985)

Further details can be found on the sub-series description level.

Audio-Visual Records

Series consists of audio-visual material collected by Wilfred Watson and includes three 1.5 mm audiotape reels, and are presumably sound recordings of Watson's theatrical productions or his public readings.

Correspondence with constituents

Series consists of Patrick O'Neill's correspondence with constituents, supporters, and government ministers in his role as MP for County Down (and later Mourne division) regarding the concerns of his constituency, including: inquiries relating to pensions, licenses, and agricultural subsidies; filling appointed and hired positions such as Postmaster, Inspector for Ministry of Education, or members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary; amendments of acts and bills (relating to public utilities, transportation, agriculture and fisheries, for example); issues such as temperance and gerrymandering; and matters relating to the development of nationalist politics, such as the creation of the National League and the activities of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians. Series also includes notes, official documents, and newspaper articles regarding the affairs of his constituency. Series is divided into the following sub-series: 1. Correspondence with constituents, 1926-1928 2. Correspondence with constituents, 1935-1936. Sub-series are arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject. Although Patrick O'Neill sat in parliament from 1921-1938, this fonds contains only correspondence records for the years 1926-1928 and 1935-1936. It is not known at this time where the other records reside; some may be found at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

Collected materials

Series consists of press cuttings, booklets, pamphlets, census reports, and correspondence, which Patrick O'Neill collected during his political career, relating to affairs in the town of Warrenpoint and his wider constituency of County Down as well as national issues including the Anglo-Irish dispute and the partition of Ireland. Series includes materials created predominantly during the period from 1920 to 1936, with some correspondence from 1875 to 1920.

Thesis

Series consists of a draft of Teresa V. O'Neill's thesis and correspondence related to the thesis.

Correspondence

Series consists of Laurent and Colette Potvins’ correspondence with members and representatives of the Roman Catholic Church and Papal Commission on Birth Control before and durring the Commission's meeting in the summer of 1966. Correspondence includes letters from Church representatives nominating and appointing the Potvins to the Commission; letters regarding background information about the Commission, its structure, composition and sub-sessions; and the drafting and production of reports for the Commission.

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