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Tactics - General File #3 [part two]

File is comprised of newspaper clippings, photocopies and brief reports, some of which have been pasted on paper. Contents have been annotated and organized according to subject based classification scheme and include articles and notes concerning the spread of Communism and Communist relations with Canada and the USA.

Drafts of Aging

File consists of two typescripts of "Aging". Draft (1) is entitled, "Aging and Ministry", by Nouwen, with Peter J. Naus and Don McNeill, with many thanks to Walter Gaffney (1971 - 1974). Draft (2) is entitled, "Aging", by Nouwen and Walter J. Gaffney (Photography by Ron P. van den Bosch) (1974).

Files: 268-274

These files consist of photocopies of handwritten letters, postcards, telegrams, cartes de visites and
handwritten and typed transcriptions of correspondence to Émile Zola written between January of 1895 and
March of 1896. Frequent correspondents include Ernest Vizetelly, Eugène Fasquelle, Fernand Xau, Alfred
Bruneau, Guiseppe Giacosa and various family members (including his cousin Carlo Zola and his niece Elina
“Lili” Laborde). Most of the contents of the letters are concerned with the publication and subsequent
translations of Zola’s Rome, including a number of Letters of Contemporaries discussing the translation of
Rome in the United States. This increase in both the popularity and intellectual presence of Zola in the U.S. is
evidenced in the number of American correspondents and the photocopies of newspaper and journal articles
attached that discuss Zola’s works. As with some of the other files in this series, on some letters, Zola has
written brief notes to himself about responding to the letters (as can be seen on a letter from Ernest Vizetelly,
dated May 25, 1895, in File #268).

Files: 413-417

These files consist of photocopies of handwritten and typed letter, postcards, cartes de visites telegrams and
some photocopies of newspaper clippings of undated items from the 1991 accession of Dreyfus Affair
records. The last file in this box (File #417) also contains miscellaneous items from the Dreyfus Affair subseries.

Files: 1227-1279

These files consist of articles, chapters from books and off-prints relating to Émile Zola and/or Naturalism
written by authors with surnames Sanders to Scott. The dates of works published in these files range from
1891 to 1991. Recurring scholars include J.B. Sanders, Rita Schober and Naomi Schor. File #1268 contains an
original 1891 article by Aurélien Scholl, titled “L’Amant de sa femme."

The silence of God

Item consists of two draft typescripts of "The Silence of God", a Lenten meditation regarding Jesus before the Sanhedrin, Pilate and Herod. Nouwen argues that as Jesus stands before his accusers he is silent, not out of disdain or arrogance, but because those asking him to perform are doing so from curiosity and sensationalism. Nouwen suggests that Jesus only speaks when we come with a real desire to know him and receive his word into our hearts. This is one meditation in a Lenten series given by Nouwen at Battell Chapel in 1980.


Sub-series consists of one leader's guide to Nouwen's book Letters to Marc about Jesus. The book was produced by the publisher of Nouwen's book as a learning aid. Through a series of questions and exercises it attempts to help the reader gain in their own spiritual life through Nouwen's book. The book has been described at the item level.

Albert Lantoine, Autograph letters to Léon Deffoux

  • Autograph letter with envelope from Albert Lantoine to Léon Deffoux, dated July 24, 1918. Thanks Deffoux for sending his book on le testament Goncourt. Evokes Zola and the Dreyfus Affair.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Lantoine to Léon Deffoux, dated January 14, [19]19 – on letterhead of «Le livre mensuel, 24, rue de Navarin (9e) Paris» Lantoine thanks Deffoux for sending his article. He sollicits his help on various matters related to literary criticism.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Lantoine to Léon Deffoux, dated October 3, (1919, from internal evidence – reference to a book by Marcello Fabri (La force de vivre) published by Le livre mensuel] - on letterhead of «Le livre mensuel, 24, rue de Navarin (9e) Paris» Asks Deffoux how to proceed to submit a book to the Académie Goncourt, for its annual literary prize. Le livre mensuel just published a novel by Marcello Fabri – which could be considered for the prize.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Lantoine to Léon Deffoux, dated October 26, 1921. Talks about his last book, a copy of which he is sending to Deffoux. Invites Deffoux to join his group of free masons; he would be honoured to have him as a colleague, but will understand if Deffoux refuses.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Lantoine to Léon Deffoux, dated November 2, 1921. Refers to an offer he made to Deffoux [and that Deffoux seems to have declined]. Lantoine reiterates his esteem for Deffoux.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Lantoine to Léon Deffoux, n.d. (reference to an article published in Le Mercure about Sarajevo – check) Offers an article on Bulgaria – where he gave a series of confences. Asks Deffoux to help him find an issue of the Mercure de France (1st May ?), in which there is an article on Sarajevo by Poncins.
  • Two empty envelopes addressed to Léon Deffoux, stamped 3-XI-1921 and 20-10-21, with header: «Le livre mensuel»

A.l.s. from Émile Zola to an unknown correspondent

  1. A.l.s. from Émile Zola to an unknown correspondent, Médan, 1 December 1881, 1 p.
    Note : This letter is written on black-bordered paper. Zola’s mother had died on 17 October, 1880.
    Zola authorizes his correspondent to translate his play, Les Héritiers Rabourdin, and to perform it in Germany, as long as his correspondent shares with him the proceeds of the performances.
    Les Héritiers Rabourdin is a three-act comedy written by Zola in 1873-1874. It was performed at the Théâtre Cluny in Paris from the 3rd to the 20th of November 1874, but met with little success.
    Published in Correspondance, vol. IV, p. 241-242 (letter 175-A).

Easter greetings

Item consists of 1 picture postcard with a divided back with an Easter greeting. The postcard has 1 George Washington one cent U.S. postage stamp.

Ferdinand Fabre Dossier, J.B. Sanders letter

-Autograph letter from Jacques Duviard to J.B. Sanders, Versailles, 17 November 1977. Sends to Sanders photocopies of letters from Ferdinand Fabre, his great grandfather, to Emile Zola (not attached) and authorizes Sanders to publish them in the context of the Emile Zola Correspondence.
-Various photocopies of articles about F. Fabre.

Marriage homily for Rick and Margaret [last names unknown]

Item consists of a manuscript of a marriage homily given by Nouwen at the wedding of Rick and Margaret (last names unknown). Nouwen suggests a good marriage consists of giving to each other, giving to others, and giving to God, as well as forgiving each other, others and God.

Death and Christ

Item consists of a typescript for "Death and Christ", a sermon given by Nouwen in which he suggests that death, which we do not want to confront, is also a way to life. Nouwen looks at how we avoid death in our culture and how we need to be willing to face our own death, which can become a sign of glory.

Letters from Cardinal Bernardus Alfrink, Archbishop of Utrecht

File consists of letters from Cardinal Bernardus Alfrink, Archbishop of Utrecht. Alfrink was Nouwen's bishop. Also includes two long letters fron Nouwen (in Dutch). Also includes correspondence from Rev. George J. Parnassus of St. Raymond's Catholic Church in Downey, CA.

Gramont, Louis de, Rolande

Gramont, Louis de, Rolande. Pièce en quatre actes (cinq tableaux), Paris, Tresse & Stock Éditeurs, 1888. – With annotations throughout. Copy marked «Souffleur». With printed dedicace: «A Antoine, directeur du Théâtre-Libre et aux interprètes de Rolande. Reconnaissance profonde, Gramont.»

A joyful Christmas

Item consists of 1 novelty picture postcard with a divided back of an angel with coloured in flowers. The postcard has 1 Benjamin Franklin one cent U.S. postage stamp.

Visit of Fr. Marcel Curinckx - May 20 - June 14, 1991

File consists of correspondence with Fr. Marcel Curinckx, a Belgian Priest, regarding a visit to L'Arche Daybreak. Includes correspondence between Nouwen and Joe Vorstermans regarding arrangements for Fr. Curinckx's visit. Many of the letters are in Dutch.

Letter from Sr. LaVerne Dolphin, BVM

File consists of a letter from Sr. LaVerne Dolphin, BVM and two typed letters from June E. Hagan, Nouwen's administrative assistant, regarding financial aid to continue her ministry with female inmates.

Muskoka Woods - May 22, 1991

File consists of correspondence with Maurice Charbonneau, regarding a retreat lead by Nouwen and Carl MacMillan at Muskoka Woods Sports Resort, Rosseau, Ontario. The theme of the retreat was " Wounds, Challenges, Life, and Growth." Includes a brochure for the resort, copies of details of conferences/workshops sponsored by the Muskoka Centre that year. Also includes correspondence from MacMillan to Nouwen regarding details of the day's activities.

Anniversary of Don McNeill's Ordination - May 23 - 28, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's attendance at the Ordination Anniversary celebration for Don McNeill at Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame, Indiana. Includes a long letter from McNeill speaking of his experiences in Chile. Also includes correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen speaking at Bethany House, Oakland, California. Includes letters from Joe Collins requesting to see Nouwen while he is in California. Includes postcards, programs, and a travel itinerary for the week. Also includes an essay in French entitled Les Deux Premières Étapes du Cheminement Spirituel à L'Arche à la Lumière des Exercices Spirituels de Saint Ignace by Frank Janin.

Letters from Glenn Douglass

File consists of two letters from Glenn Douglass. In letter from September 20, 1982, Douglass thanks Nouwen for his gift of appreciation (a copy of Yushi Nomura's book). File includes a copy of a typed letter from Nouwen from August 13, 1982, from the Abbey of the Genesee, expressing appreciation for Douglass' help during Nouwen's 25th anniversary of ordination celebration (Douglass drove people to and from the airport). Nouwen said he would send Douglass a gift.

Letter from Sr. Ellen Downes

File consists of a card from Sr. Ellen Downes in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Nouwen's Ordination, gifting Nouwen with thirty masses and two novenas of masses from Fr. Edward of the Salesian Missions of New Rochelle, NY.

1991 Diocesan Clergy Conference, Anglican Church of Canada - June 3 - 5, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's leadership with Bishop J.C. Fricker at the Diocesan Clergy Conference for the Anglican Church of Canada, at the Trent Conference Center, Peterborough, Ontario. Includes minutes from planning meetings, agenda for the conference, liturgical materials for each of the services, and details about the Trent Conference center. Also includes many letters to Nouwen reflecting on the conference, notes on the conference in Nouwen's hand, an a letter from Nouwen detailing how the conference should be structured. The theme of the conference was "Living the Spiritual Life - A Conference of Priestly Spirituality."

Letter from Jack Doyle, MSW

File consists of a letter from Jack Doyle, MSW, coordinator of Training for the Family Counselling of Greater New Haven Inc., requesting a letter of recommendation for Jeanne Sulavik, and a typed letter from Mabel Treadwell, Nouwen's administrative assistant.

Visit by Theatre and Company - June 14, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material from Kate Holt, regarding a visit to Daybreak by a group from Theatre and Company. Includes information about the theatre company and reviews of their last two shows. Also includes a thank-you letter from Stuart Scadron-Wattles.

Visit of Fr. Marc Roseeuw and Greet Cassier, Belgium TV - June 14 - 20, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material from Fr. Marc Roseeuw, regarding a visit to Daybreak, with his cousin Greet Cassier, to finish a film for Belgium TV. They wanted to get some footage of the liturgy and life in the house. The majority of the materials are in Dutch. Includes a memo from Nouwen to Daybreak discussing the event.

Letters from J. Edward Dudgeon

File consists of letters from J. Edward Dudgeon, a musician and activist, and a typed letter from Nouwen, donating money for Dudgeon to produce a record.

Letters from Greg and Ellen Youngchild

File consists of letters from Gregory (Greg) Youngchild and Ellen Youngchild. Greg was a teaching assitant to Nouwen. Also contains original notes for their wedding homily by Nouwen.

Nouwen, Henri J.M.

Draft book review of Aging in America

File consists of a draft typescript of a book review by Nouwen of Bert Kruger Smith's "Aging in America" (1973), written by Nouwen while at Yale Divinity School. File also includes an original book cover for "Aging in America", annotated by Nouwen.

Christmas greetings

Item consists of 1 embossed picture postcard with a divided back of a forest scene with holly surrounding it. The postcard has 1 Benjamin Franklin one cent U.S. postage stamp.

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