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Powhatan, Louisiana

File consists of 172 slides of a trip taken by Nouwen. These photographs mostly depict landscapes or unidentified people, although there are several of unidentified cities. Many of the photographs have an imprint which indicates the photographs were taken between August and November 1961. It is likely that Nouwen was in Powhatan, Louisiana, at this time. Slides include photographs of a rural setting, including a man riding a tractor in a field, Leone's Grocery store (in Powhatan, LA), other small grocery stores and gas stations, a lake, children sitting on porch steps, a white church, fields, the building of a house, boys on horseback, a building on fire, a second white church, people on a beach and cotton workers. While in Powhatan, Nouwen likely traveled and took photographs of the cities he visited, including Baton Rouge, LA (P3337, P3340) and Houston, TX (P3344, P3355). There are also two photographs of three nuns on a beach (P3349, P3350). There are four photographs of Nouwen in the file (P3283, P3315, P3320, P3897).

Photographs of the Grand Canyon and Sedona

File consists of 158 photographs, most likely taken by Nouwen, featuring the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and other landscapes located in Arizona. Nouwen is depicted in three of the photographs. For the most part, contents of the pictures feature views of the Grand Canyon, the landscape as taken from a vehicle driving on a road, and rock formations in Sedona, including the Chapel of the Holy Cross. There are two unidentified men in several of the photographs, and these men were possibly colleagues of Nouwen's at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, KS.

Photograph of Henri Nouwen looking at the Grand Canyon

Item consists of one photograph of Henri Nouwen leaning against a short fence with his hands on the railing, and looking at the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. The photograph was taking slightly behind Nouwen, and he is seen in profile, with the Canyon in front of him and in the background. Nouwen is wearing sunglasses, a tan sweater, and light coloured pants.

Photographs of army training in the Netherlands Antilles

File consists of 211 photographs taken in the Netherlands Antilles (also known as the Dutch Antilles), likely taken by Nouwen. This was likely a training exercise trip taken by members of the Dutch army, including Nouwen while he was a chaplain in the Dutch army.

There are photographs taken while on a hike to the top of a mountain [Christoffelberg], including photographs of several men in green army fatigues, and one photograph of Nouwen in fatigues sitting atop a rock. It appears as though the army conducted a hike, and then were able to sightsee on the island of Curacao.

Other contents of photographs include: a yellow villa (landhuis?); Koffiehaus Jan Cristian in Westpunt [Jan Cristian coffee house]; landscapes including beaches, mountains, cacti, and cactus flowers, and cliffs; city streets and shops; a group of men (likely the same men as depicted in fatigues) socializing; three black children; a group of older people and some children (possibly other Dutch people visiting); people of various ages jumping on a trampoline outside. There are also photographs of men working outside installing some sort of machinery, including one photograph of Nouwen, and also photographs of men at a beach, including one photograph of Nouwen.

Photograph of Henri Nouwen

Item consists of one photograph of Henri Nouwen. Nouwen is working outside with a group of men. He is bent and lifting up one side of a piece of plywood. He is wearing a blue long-sleeved shirt and black pants, as well as black socks and brown sandals.

Photographs of trip to Brazil

File consists of 63 photographs, including some commercial slides, of Brazil. The photographs were likely taken by Nouwen while on a family trip to Brazil. Depicted in the commercial slides is Sao Paolo and important buildings. The contents of the photographs include: Nouwen family members, including Laurent J.M. Nouwen and Maria Nouwen; a horse race; ships and boats; city streets and a fruit market; children and others on a beach; nuns in front of a hospital (P5065), in front of other buildings, and standing with small groups of people; a red dirt road; construction on a house.

Photographs of Dutch ship

File consists of 9 slides featuring photographs taken aboard a Dutch naval ship, likely as part of a tour. Several unidentified people in plainclothes are visible in the photographs, as well as several men in naval uniforms. Shown in one photograph is a man sunbathing on a beach chair. Also depicted is a plane with the label "KON MARINE" [short for Koninklijke Marine, or "Royal Navy", part of the Dutch Ministry of Defence]. Photographs depict the parts of the large ship, including one photograph taken of the unidentified people on the bridge (the room with the steering wheel). Harry Derkx and [his?] children appear in some of the photos.

Unidentified photographs of [Mexico]

File consists of 8 slides featuring photographs of an unidentified location, possibly in Mexico. This includes three photographs of ruins, possibly Mayan ruins, as well as five photographs of an unidentified city.

Photograph of Henri Nouwen

Item consists of one photograph of Henri Nouwen, possibly taken while he was in Rome. Nouwen is seated at a desk and is looking through a thin book or collection of papers. He is wearing glasses as well as a dark suit and a white priest's collar. Visible behind him is part of a plant, a lamp, and there is a painted portrait of, Nouwen's mother, Maria Nouwen, on the wall.

Photograph of Nouwen

Item consists of a slide of Nouwen, wearing a white collared shirt and gray pants, standing between two stone sculptures of (warriors?), (pretending?) to hold up the broken arm and hand of one sculpture.

Photograph of unknown couple on their wedding day

Item consists of one photograph of an unknown couple on their wedding day. The bride and groom are sitting inside of a car in the back seat, and are smiling out of the window at the photographer. There are raindrops on the car.

Page 5 of Album 3

File consists of page 5 of Album 3. There is one photograph on the page [P6427]. Taken by Ron van den Bosch, the photo is a head shot of Henri Nouwen standing along a canal in Utrecht.

Latin America - Bolivia file

  • CA ON00389 F4-13-14190
  • File
  • 1982 - 1988, predominant 1986 - 1988
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of letters from Félix Gregori and Alcibíades Rodriguez Suarez as well as newsletters pertaining to Latin America called "Andean focus" and "Update". File also contains a photograph attached to the letter dated December 23, 1986, in which Alcibíades Rodriguez Suarez asks Nouwen to sponsor his four month old son to be baptized.

Photograph of Michael Alex

Item consists of one photograph of a small boy, approximately four months old, sitting on a stone ground with grass behind him. This is the son of Aleibiades Rodriguez Suarez, a man from Bolivia that wrote to Nouwen asking him to sponsor the boy so he could be baptized.

Peru file

File consists of materials relating to Peru, such material include letters written in Spanish, Peru Update newsletters and a newspaper article. File also contains two photographs attached to the letter dated August 21, 1984.

Rabbula: Icon of glory file

File consists of materials relating to the Rabbula: Icon of Glory, these materials include three photographs of icons with a sticky in S. Ron's hand: "The Slide Program Icon Glory will offer the information on these."; two audio cassette tapes of the slide show and a paper copy of a slide show. The file also contains a manuscript pertaining to Rabbula Gospel. The materials appear to have been given to Nouwen by S. Ron.

Framed triptych photographs of two unidentified boys

Item consists of one frame with three photographs of unidentified boys, including one photo (left) of a blond boy age 3-5 years in a striped sweater, one photo (right) of a blond boy age 8-10 years in a brown sweater and tie, and one photo of both of these boys together with different clothing.

Charcoal drawing of Henri Nouwen

Item consists of one charcoal sketch of Henri Nouwen with his hands on a person kneeling before him, by an unknown artist, mounted on cardstock. The image is emulating the painting 'The Return of the Prodigal Son' by Rembrandt van Rijn, with Nouwen taking the place of the father figure.

Ink drawing of Noah's Ark

Item consists of one framed ink drawing of Noah's Ark by Brenda [Lean] with a brass plaque affixed to frame, inscribed "H.J.N. Ma Nuad 1991", which Nouwen likely received from Maynooth College (Kildare, Ireland) following his guest lecture there in 1991.

Bearers of the Burden

Item consists of one framed print of "Bearers of the Burden" by Vincent van Gogh. The print is black and white, possibly taken from an etching, and features workers in a field carrying bags. Visible is a religious shrine.

Postcards, cards and prints

Sub-series consists of various blank postcards, greeting cards and reprints of artwork, including prints of icons, a collection of prints by Rembrandt van Rijn, and other reprints of mostly religious artwork. It is possible that Nouwen had intended to send these materials with correspondence, as there are several copies of some prints and postcards.

Photograph of unidentified woman in South America

Item consists of a photograph of an unidentified woman standing next to a hostel, likely in South America, under a sign that states: "Instalacion de un Albergue Casa Madre de Dios Proyecto Financiado por el Fondo Social de Emergencia".

Photograph of Myra and Elizabeth Alexander

Item consists of a photograph of Myra Alexander at the altar during a religious ceremony before three priests, with her mother, Elizabeth, and an unidentified woman standing behind her.

Photograph of Nouwen in clerical robes

Item consists of a photograph of Nouwen wearing clerical robes, standing next to an open tabernacle with his eyes closed and arms outstretched, palms facing upwards.

Photograph of Nouwen at University of St. Jerome's College

Item consists of a photograph of Nouwen seated with students and/or colleagues at a long table in a dining hall at University of St. Jerome's College (Sault Ste. Marie, ON), where he gave a lecture entitled, "Spirituality of Marriage".

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