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Henri Nouwen fonds File
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Verlag Herder correspondence file

File consists of business correspondence concerning Behold the Beauty of the Lord and Letters to Marc; business documents including a colour image used for Geheilt durch seine Wunden, cover proof for Bilder gottlichen Lebens (Behold the Beauty of the Lord) and a royalty statement; personal correspondence including three German postcards addressed to Nouwen from Franz Johna and a letter from Nouwen to Dr. Hermann Herder responding to the death of Dr. Herder's father.

Verlag Herder correspondence file

File consists of business correspondence concerning The Life of the Beloved and Intimacy; business documents include royalty statements and other financial statements; personal correspondence including a letter from Nouwen to Mr. and Mrs. Hermann Herder thanking them for remembering his 60th birthday.

Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated

File consists of business correspondence concerning a request for Nouwen to contribute an endorsement for the book The Face of Prayer.

Ambo

File consists of business correspondence concerning With Open Hands, Gracias, In Memoriam, Making All Things New and Desert Wisdom: Saying from the Desert Fathers (introduction by Henri Nouwen); business documents including royalty statements for the Dutch version of Gracias and the 1985 Ambo catalogue.

Augsburg Fortress

The file consists of business documents including an original signed permission granted letter for the use of an excerpt of Nouwen's writing in Peacemaking: Day by Day, the associated cheque request, and the cheque receipt for Living in Deep/Lutheran.

Balans

File consists of business correspondence concerning In Memoriam (Moeder) and other Nouwen books published by Balans; business documents including royalty statements and a 1987 Balans catalogue.

Bruderhof

File consists of business correspondence concerning the Plough Publishing House, which was run by the Hutterian Brethren. Includes a copy of Christianity Today, March 15, 1985.

Companion (Br. Phil Kelly)

File consists of business correspondence concerning an interview between Nouwen and Mr. Phil Kelly which became a feature piece in the January 1990 Companion of Saint Francis and Saint Anthony magazine; business documents including a draft of the interview called: "Living the 'Second Loneliness' Henri J. Nouwen at Daybreak" as well as four Companion magazines from 1988 and 1989.

Editions Anne Sigier Inc

File consists of business correspondence concerning the interest of Mrs. Anne Sigier in Nouwen's books - possibly the French editions.

Editions du Moustier

File consists of business correspondence concerning A Letter of Consolation, Reaching Out, Letters to Marc about Jesus, Beyond the Mirror, The Return of the Prodigal Son, Behold the Beauty of the Lord, and The Life of the Beloved.

Eerdmans publisher

File consists of business correspondence concerning requests for Nouwen to write statements to promote Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. books, as well as proofs for Nouwen's comments.

Food First

File consists of a Fall 1982 and a Summer 1983 Food First News pamphlet.

Good News Publishers

File consists of business correspondence concerning an endorsement for Leanne Payne's The Broken Image.

InterVarsity Press

File consists of business correspondence concerning an endorsement for David Hansen's book The Art of Pastoring.

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.

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.

Accompaniment: individual requests for etc. file

File consists of a letter from Gregory Tucker requesting to spend time at Daybreak. File also includes a handwritten note, not in Nouwen's hand, summarizing the letter and saying that Nouwen is OK with the stay, if Tucker agrees to work with the Daybreak residents. File also consists of a letter from Joe Egan, Kathy Bruner and Sue Mosteller to Nouwen asking him to look over a document to be presented to Council on accompaniment. Attached are Nouwen’s typed notes and thoughts on accompaniment.

Advent 1988 - making the circle full file

File consists of a copy of "Making the circle full" the 1988 Advent booklet for Daybreak, without pictures. File also contains original sketches to be inserted into the designated locations in the booklet.

Advent book 1994 file

File consists of a copy of the 1994 Advent book and copies of typed letters from Nouwen and The Pastoral Team.

Advent/Christmas at Daybreak 1987 file

File consists of materials pertaining to Advent activities at Daybreak in 1987, such as a copy of a typed letter from Nouwen to Joe Egan, Beth Porter, and Jim Foran in regards to Advent meditations for 1987 at Daybreak, two copies of Nouwen’s typed proposal for the Advent meditations, an original and copy of a series of sketches with a typed notes containing a passage for the Reconciliation Service on December 15, 1987 at Dayspring. The file also contains a prayer booklet created for December 1, 1987 Dayspring service.

American spirituality reading notes

File consists of eight pages of typed reading notes titled "Over Spiritualiteit in Amrika" [On Spirituality in America]. The notes place spirituality in political, social economic, and religious context in the United States. These notes were possibly taken from a Dutch book on American spirituality, and could have been used for a class or for research for an article.

Archives file

File consists of materials pertaining to L'Arche Daybreak, materials include a newspaper article, an article from Equinox, a off print of a dictionary entry for Arche written by Nouwen and a L'Arche Daybreak folder with Friends of L'Arche Board of Directors information for 1991-1992.

Katholiek Nieuwsblad

File consists of Dutch business correspondence and two copies of the Katholiek Nieuwsblad newspaper.

Korda

File consists of business correspondence from Sister Ágnes Fülöp of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny concerning the Hungarian edition of Heart Speaks to Heart published by Korda.

Moorings

File consists of business correspondence from Timothy Jones, Managing Editor of Moorings, a division of The Ballantine Publishing Group at Random House Inc. informing Nouwen about the mission of the publishing house and inviting him to submit any proposals or ideas for future publications.

Morehouse Publishing

File consists of business correspondence from Deborah Grahame-Smith, Senior Editor. The first letter is from May 26, 1995, regarding a reprint of the book True Prayer by Kenneth Leech. Nouwen wrote an endorsement for the Harper edition, and Morehouse is asking permission to reprint it with the book. The second letter, from March 31, 1992, is concerning an endorsement for a forthcoming publication entitled The Saints Among Us by George Gallup.

Novalis

File consists of business correspondence concerning The Return of the Prodigal Son, Our Greatest Gift, Life of the Beloved, With Burning Hearts, Here and Now, and Life Signs, and the possibility of Novalis translating these books into French; business documents including a published booklet: Au nom de Jesus; two copies of a draft and final copy titled "Passion Sunday;" and Nouwen's endorsement of the book To Love Again: Finding Comfort and Meaning in Times of Grief.

Our Sunday Visitor

File consists of a letter from the Our Sunday Visitor editorial staff concerning the publication of Nouwen's article on his ministry in an issue of their magazine.

Paulist Press

File consists of business correspondence concerning a book about Francis de Sales, Jane de Chantal: Letters of Spiritual Direction, for which Nouwen was to write the introduction (the draft manuscript of the book was culled from the file), the video From the House of Fear to the House of Love and mention of a Lenten book; business documents including a copy of the contract-letter for From the House of Fear to the House of Love, drafts of Nouwen's reviews, introductions of Jean Vanier's books, and the book volunteer and royalty statements.

Poleridge Press

File consists of a Poleridge Press catalog, two issues of the magazine "The Fourth R," and an order form.

Radix Magazine

File consists of business correspondence concerning a request to print Nouwen's article Intimacy, Fecundity and Ecstasy in Radix magazine. Includes a copy of the November/December 1983 issue of the magazine.

Resurrection Press Ltd

File consists of business correspondence from Resurrection Press asking Nouwen to consider publishing work with them. Includes a copy of their Fall/Winter catalogue and two press articles about Resurrection Press and editor Emilie Cerar. Letter from 1995 asks Nouwen to write a blurb for a book of Lenten Reflections, titled Season of New Beginnings, by Mitch Finley

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