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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections
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Files: 90-97

These files consist of photocopies of handwritten correspondence (letters, postcards, cartes de visites and
telegrams) as well as typed/handwritten transcriptions of letters sent by Émile Zola between January of 1887
and June of 1888. Recurring correspondents include Henry Céard, Léon Hennique, Jacques van Santen Kolff,
Numa Coste, Edmond de Goncourt, Gabriel Thyébaut and Alfred Bruneau. The letters pertain to both
personal and professional matters, or sometimes both, as seen in the case where Zola sent most of his close
friends (The Charpentiers, Céard, Hennique, Guillemot, de Goncourt, etc.) a letter indicating his displeasure
with the Théâtre du Châtelet because they were playing an unauthorized version of Germinal. Zola refused to
attend himself and encouraged his friends to also boycott the show (letters dated April 21, 1888, in File #97).
Other works discussed in these files include La Terre and Le Rêve.

Files: 119-125

These files consist of photocopies and typed transcriptions of letters, postcards, cartes de visites and telegrams
sent by Émile Zola between October of 1892 and December of 1893. Recurring correspondents include
Ernest Vizetelly, Alfred Bruneau, Henry Céard, Georges Charpentier, Jacques van Santen Kolff, Gabriel
Thyébaut, Jeanne and Denise Rozerot, and Ely Halpérine-Kaminsky. Works discussed in these files include La
Débâcle, Le Docteur Pascal and Lourdes. The contents of the letters include both personal matters (his discussion
of his children and relationship with Jeanne Rozerot) and professional (both with the publication and
translation of his works and as the President of the Société des gens de lettres).

Files: 126-135

These files consist of photocopies and typed transcriptions of letters, postcards, cartes de visites and telegrams
sent by Émile Zola between January of 1894 and December of 1895. Recurring correspondents include Ernest
Vizetelly, Alfred Bruneau, Henry Céard, Georges Charpentier, Jacques van Santen Kolff, Gabriel Thyébaut,
Jeanne and Denise Rozerot, and Ely Halpérine-Kaminsky. Works discussed in these files include Le Docteur
Pascal and Lourdes. The contents of the letters include both personal and professional matters; his personal life
is quite prevalent in this period as seen in a letter to Jeanne Rozerot where he expresses his unhappiness with
his double life (dated July 13, 1894, in File #128). However, professional matters likewise influence his
writings, particularly as they relate to his work but also as his role with La Société des gens de lettres and the
criticism of Auguste Rodin’s Statue of Balzac, commissioned by Zola in 1891 as the President of the Society

Files: 163-172

These files consist of photocopies of handwritten correspondence and typed/handwritten transcriptions sent
by Émile Zola between July of 1901 and September of 1902. Recurring correspondents include Fernand
Labori, Denise Rozerot, Alfred Bruneau, Fernand Desmoulin, Ernest Vizetelly and Joseph Reinach. The
letters included in these files focus on Zola’s works (the development of Vérité, which would be published
posthumously, as well as various articles for journals). These files also include undated letters #1-165 retained
by the Zola Research Program (most of which were not included in the volumes). These letters are heavily
annotated and demonstrate the process of cross-referencing and researching that the Zola Research Program
staff undertook in their attempt to date the letters.

Files: 173-178

These files consist of undated letters sent by Émile Zola, most of which have not been published in the
volumes. The first half of the files contains the letters that have been arranged by the number given to them by
the Zola Research Program (#166 onwards). The second half of the files contains the same letters but
arranged alphabetically according to addressee. These undated letters are interesting because the annotations
document the process that the Zola Research Program underwent in attempting to date the letters (crossreferencing
with other letters that refer to a particular event, Zola’s location from which he wrote, tracking
references in the Letters by Contemporaries, etc).

Files: 193-205

These files consist of photocopies of correspondence written by Émile Zola between 1858 and 1902. These
files are photocopies of letters published in 2010 through the University of Montreal Press by Dorothy Speirs
and Owen Morgan. This publication was not within the scope of the original Zola Research Program project,
but it is titled as the eleventh book in the Émile Zola Correspondance series. For the most part, the
correspondence is composed of typed transcriptions of the letters, some of which are accompanied by
photocopies of the handwritten version. Some of the source information has likewise been documented, either
through annotation at the bottom of the transcription or by stapling a copy of the catalog to the transcription.
Each year is accompanied by a typed inventory – although this inventory does not correspond directly with the
letters in the file (sometimes there are letters listed in the inventory but not included in the file). Markings on
the transcriptions indicate that Speirs and Morgan were attempting to remove any letters that had already been
published in the Emile Zola Correspondance series (as seen on a letter that has been crossed out with the markings
"tome VIII, lettre 180"), implying that the letters in these files cannot be found anywhere else in this fonds.

Files: 255-260

These files consist of various correspondence sent to Émile Zola throughout January of 1892 to December of
1893, including photocopies of handwritten letters, postcards, cartes de visites as well as handwritten and
typed transcriptions of letters. Most of the letters discuss business deals (publications and translations) of La
Débâcle, Le Docteur Pascal and Lourdes. Recurring correspondents throughout these files include Ernest Vizetelly,
Antoine Guillemet, Gabriel Thyébaut, the family Charpentier (Georges, Paul and Georgette) and Eugène
Fasquelle. There are a number of letters from Ernest Vizetelly within these files that discuss various business
matters including arranging a dinner in 1893 between Zola and other English authors, translations of books
into English and a biography being written about Zola by R.H. Sherard

Files: 261-267

These files consist of photocopies of handwritten letters, postcards, cartes de visites, telegrams and
handwritten and typed transcriptions of letters sent to Zola between January and December of 1894.
Recurring correspondents include Ernest Vizetelly, Henry & Co. and Antoine Guillemet. File #264 contains a
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vast number of cartes de visites, most of which contain expressions of gratitude to Zola for the release of
Lourdes and his generosity in sending copies of the book to his friends, associates and acquaintances.

Files: 401-405

These files consist of photocopies of handwritten and typed letter, postcards, cartes de visites, telegrams and
some photocopies of newspaper clippings sent to Émile Zola between February 8 and March 31, 1898. This
period spans the trial of Zola as well as the interim period after his conviction, but before his exile. These files
were obtained from a distinct accession of Dreyfus Affair material from July and August of 1991.

Files: 448-472

These files consist of photocopies of letters written by and amongst Zola’s contemporaries with the surnames
M through to Alexandrine Zola’s letters to Doctor Larat. The files within have been arranged alphabetically by
author, with recurring correspondents possessing their own distinct files. Letters sent by Alexandrine Zola to
various correspondents dominate these files, with particular emphasis on letters to the Laborde family (Amélie,
Albert and Elina). The dates range from 1871 to 1922. File #460 contains nine original cartes de visites from
Alexandrine Zola to various correspondents, dated from 1903.

Files: 473-482

These files consist of photocopies of letters written by and amongst Zola’s family and friends, starting with
letters written by Alexandrine to Eugène Fasquelle through to Zola’s mother Émilie Zola and finishing with
letters written to and from Zola’s wife, mistress and children between 1903 and 1905. File #474 contains
letters sent to Alexandrine Zola by Eugène Fasquelle. The dates of letters in these files range from 1841 to

  1. The letters sent to and from Zola’s family are arranged chronologically.

Files: 483-496

These files consist of photocopies of letters written amongst Zola’s immediate family: Alexandrine Zola,
Jeanne Rozerot, Denise Émile-Zola (previously Rozerot), Jacques Émile-Zola (previously Rozerot) and
eventually Denise’s husband Maurice Le Blond and Jacques’ wife Marguerite Émile-Zola. The files within are
arranged chronologically, starting in 1906 and continuing through to 1924, including undated letters. There is
no clear indication as to why these letters have been compiled and preserved, as they could not have provided
context for the annotations in the published volumes (as they were all written after Zola’s death); however, it is
possible that these letters were collected to document the lives of Zola’s children, who would eventually have a
great impact on the development of the project because the children of Denise and Jacques provided the
primary and foremost source of letters.

Files: 1684-1801

These files consist of biographical cards for correspondents with surnames Colet to Hennique. Key
correspondents in these files include Numa Coste, Fernand Desmoulin, Louis Desprez, Edmond Duranty,
Gustave Flaubert, Edmond de Goncourt, Antoine Guillemet and Léon Hennique.

Drafts of Intimacy

File consists of typescripts of three chapters (seven) of Nouwen's first book, "Intimacy". The chapters included are: 'From Magic to Faith' (originally a student lecture by Nouwen) (includes three copies in Dutch, one in English); 'The Priest and His Mental Health' (one copy; English); and 'The Challenge to Love' (two copies; based on lecture notes). File also includes a typescript of an article entitled, "On the Possibility and Desirability of Love", a precursor to the chapter, 'The Challenge to Love'.

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).

Letters regarding A spirituality of peacemaking

File consists of fourteen letters from various readers of a draft of "A Spirituality of Peacemaking", sending their editorial responses. Includes letters from:

  • Dean Hammer
  • Art Laffin
  • Cindy (Antal?)
  • Ed Bednar
  • Claude Pomerleau
  • Alfred J. Sciarrino, Attorney at Law
  • Bob Durback
  • Gene K. Hoffman
  • Gail Stockholm
  • Robert T. Heller, Executive Editor, Doubleday
  • Bob Antonelli
  • Don Mosley (including a copy of his letter to President Jimmy Carter regarding the manuscript, and a brochure for Jubilee Partners)
    File also includes a page of notes (not by Nouwen), summarizing some readers' responses.

Drafts of Lifesigns

File consists of a photocopy of draft manuscripts of the Introduction, Chapter 1 ('Intimacy'), and part of Chapter 2 ('Fecundity'). Also includes an original handwritten manuscript for Section 2 of Chapter 2. File also includes a folder with notes possibly related to the manuscripts.

Notes by Nouwen for The road to Daybreak

File consists of notes by, or accumulated and annotated by, Nouwen in the process of preparing "The Road to Daybreak". File includes several copies of the notes and an original folder.

Drafts of Heart speaks to heart

File consists of a manuscript of the three prayers published in "Heart Speaks to Heart", including a note to Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant, from Nouwen. File also includes an early typescript of the Prologue, and a revised typescript of the complete text.

Drafts and notes for Mary, mother of the priest

File consists of handwritten notes and a draft manuscript, as well as six draft typescripts of various revised versions of "Mary, Mother of the Priests", a talk given by Nouwen at St. Michael's Cathedral (Toronto, ON), on May 31, 1988. The talk was given for Toronto priests in celebration of the Marian year. File includes correspondence with Sr. Sue Mosteller and Rev. Brad H. Massman with their comments on the manuscript. File also includes a draft of the talk in preparation for its publication by the Archdiocese of Toronto. Annotations on drafts (4) and (6) indicate that Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant, typed the final drafts.

Draft of Life of the Beloved

File consists of one draft of The Life of the Beloved by Nouwen. This draft contains two copies of a letter from Nouwen from September 27, 1991 on Daybreak letterhead, in which Nouwen explains why he wrote the manuscripts and what Fred Bratman thought of it. Nouwen writes "Fred was quite positive about the manuscript and felt that much of what I had written was very helpful, but he also was very clear that the manuscript presupposed too much and that many important questions secular people have were not touched at all." For this reason, Nouwen says that he has decided to do a lot more work on the manuscript, and he informs the readers of the letter that "the book will take a lot more work to finish and that I am committed to doing it."

The Flying Rodleighs - The Circus

File consists of a typescript of "The Flying Rodleighs - The Circus" (pages 1-32). File also contains a copy of "Circus Diary May 6th to 22nd, 1992." The first typescript ("The Flying Rodleighs") is likely the earlier of the two texts, and was an early draft of Nouwen's circus book.

Draft of The Flying Rodleighs - Chapters 1 and 2

File consists of typescripts of chapter I and chapter II of "The Flying Rodleighs." These typescripts are likely part of Nouwen's later work on his book about the circus. Nouwen describes his experience of going to the circus and meeting the Flying Rodleighs, and also describes his thoughts and emotions while learning more about the Rodleighs and their act.

Draft of Ministry and spirituality

File consists of a faxed manuscript for the introduction to "Ministry and Spirituality", sent to Kathy Christie, Nouwen's administrative assistant, by Nouwen on January 18, 1996, while he was in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Draft of Christus in Israel

File consists of a soft-bound draft typescript of an article entitled, "Christus in Israel", written by Nouwen after a visit to Israel with his uncle Toon Ramselaar in the late 1950s or in 1960.

Draft of Joden in Israel

File consists of a soft-bound draft typescript of an article entitled, "Joden in Israel", written by Nouwen after a visit to Israel with his uncle Toon Ramselaar in the late 1950s or in 1960.

Drafts of Selma 1965

File consists of five copies (three original copies, two original mimeographs) of a draft typescript of "Selma 1965: naar de 'deep, deep south'", about Nouwen's participation in the civil rights march from Selma, AL, to Montgomery, AL, in 1965. Nouwen wrote this paper while a theological fellow in the program of religion and psychiatry at The Menninger Clinic (Topeka, KS).

Draft of In memory of Gus van der Woude

File consists of a draft typescript of "In Memory of Gus van der Woude, 15 August 1975: 'Till Human Voices Wake Us', Selections From the Diary of Gus van der Woude". Includes an introduction by John S. Mogabgab. The diary is edited by Mogabgab with Henri Nouwen.

Drafts of Joel and Joelito Filartiga

File consists of a draft typescript of an article entitled, "Joel and Joelito Filartiga: The Agonizing Cry of a Doctor Artist", that Nouwen wrote on the life and work of Dr. Joel Filartiga. This story, in a shortened form, appears in "Compassion" (1982), as do Filartiga's drawings.

Draft book review of We drink from our own wells

File consists of a draft typescript of a book review by Nouwen of Gustavo Gutiérrez's, "We Drink from Our Own Wells: The Spiritual Journey of a People" (Centro de Estudios y Publicaciones, 1984), for which Nouwen also wrote the Prologue. The draft review refers to a working title, "Drinking from Your Own Well". It also contains minor corrections made in an unknown hand.

Draft of The suffering Christ

File consists of galley proofs of the article, "The Suffering Christ: Peacemaking across the Americas". Draft contains annotations and corrections in Nouwen's hand and others.

Draft of A spirituality of peacemaking

File consists of copies of galley proofs of the article, "Prayer and Resistance: A Spirituality of Peacemaking", using the working title, "A Spirituality of Peacemaking".

Draft of The icon of the Virgin of Vladimir

File consists of a draft typescript of an article entitled, "The Icon of the Virgin of Vladimir: An Invitation to Belong to God". This article was published in Nouwen's book, "Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons" (1987).

Draft of L'icone de la Sainte-Trinité

File consists of a draft typescript of an article entitled, "L'Icone de la Sainte-Trinité". The article appears to have been intended for publication in a larger work because it includes page numbers (pages 15 to 18), and a colour reproduction of the icon. A version of this article was published in Feu et Lumière (1986). Nouwen's writing on icons was then later published in his book, "Behold the Beauty of the Lord" (1987).

Drafts of The life in faith

File consists of a draft manuscript and seven draft typescripts of the article, "The Life in Faith". This paper is a reflection based on the life of Jesus. Nouwen argues that Jesus wants us to be inspired by the Holy Spirit to believe all his teaching about the Father, the Spirit, and Himself. Not only does believing help us in our lives, but it also brings immense joy to the Father. Believers find brothers and sisters in other believers. Themes include Jesus, the spiritual life and faith. It is not known if this paper has been published. Annotations on drafts (6) and (7) indicate that Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant, typed the manuscript on June 10, 1988.

Drafts of Becoming poor before God

File consists of notes entitled, "Formation", and two draft typescripts of an article entitled, "Becoming Poor Before God: Spiritual Formation at Daybreak". Describes how the Holy Spirit works through the poor and, in relationship with others, brings them to confidence and freedom. This was a talk Nouwen gave in Fall, 1988, for Spiritual formation at L'Arche Daybreak. Sue Mosteller's name has been deleted from draft (1) as a co-author.

Drafts of God's will, acceptance of

File consists of a draft manuscript and typescript of Nouwen's submission to the Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling, entitled, "God's Will, Acceptance of".

Draft of Preparing for death

File consists of handwritten notes and a draft manuscript of the introduction to "Preparing for Death". This article is regarding death and Nouwen's second near death experience from an infection. It has been published recently in a revised edition of Nouwen's book, "Beyond the Mirror".

Drafts of Power, powerlessness and power

File consists of a draft manuscript and typescript of "Power, Powerlessness and Power", including related correspondence. Folder (1) contains a fax copy of a manuscript and typescript. Folder (2) contains faxed correspondence between Nouwen's administrative assistants, Kathy Christie and Lydia Banducci, and Marion Hollis, of L'Arche Limited (Suffolk, England) and Zizi (last name unknown). Includes a fax copy of an illustration by Zizi (last name unknown), that Nouwen intended to use with this article.

Confession and forgiveness

Item consists of a manuscript and typescript of "Confession and Forgiveness", a sermon given to the Unitarian Fellowship (KS). Nouwen spoke on confession and forgiveness and suggests that just as we can treat people badly physically, we can also do so spiritually, by focusing on their weaknesses. Forgiveness is necessary.

The immaculate conception of the blessed virgin Mary

Item consists of a manuscript of "The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary", a sermon given by Nouwen for Advent. Nouwen suggests that Mary believed and was therefore prepared when visited by the angel Gabriel. Her life was her preparation for her call.

Sermon on Romans 13:10-12

Item consists of a manuscript of a sermon on Romans 13:10-12, which discusses rising from sleep. It is likely Nouwen gave this sermon during his time at the Menninger Foundation (Topeka, KS). He suggests that when we are sleeping the sleep of despair, it is dangerous and we are called to wake up and experience new light and new hope.

Why do you invite people for dinner?

Item consists of a manuscript of "Why do you invite people to dinner?", a sermon given by Nouwen to priests and seminarians at Moreau Seminary, University of Notre Dame, before the summer break. He writes about hospitality: that inviting someone to dinner is also an invitation to intimacy, and that so is the Eucharist.

Sermon on What do you think of the priest?

Item consists of a typescript of a sermon on "What do you think about the priest?", given by Nouwen to priests and seminarians at Moreau Seminary, University of Notre Dame, on April 24, 1967. Nouwen addresses the drop in the number of priestly vocations, which causes him to reflect on priesthood and vocation.

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