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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Patrick O'Neill fonds
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An interrupted life: From the diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943

Item consists of a copy of an article called "An interrupted life: from the diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943" by Etty Hillesum. The article is an excerpt of a book of the same name. Etty Hillesum was a Dutch Jew who kept a diary during World War Two about her life during this time.

Must Women Weep?

Item consists of a photocopy of an article titled "Must Women Weep?" by Harrison Smith.

The narrator

Item consists of a copy of a page from a play, the title on the page is "The narrator". The page of the play is about love and is a speech given by the narrator. The play is called "The Ballad".

Standing his ground

Item consists of a magazine article called "Standing his ground" by Michael Norman. The article is about men, aggression, and anger.

That Dutch church

Item consists of a copy of an article called "That Dutch church" by John Wijngaards. The article is about the history of the church in the Netherlands.

US urges new plan to handle refugees

Item consists of a copy of an newspaper article called "US urges new plan to handle refugees" by Pornpimol Kanchanalak. The article is about Thailand's attempt to slow Vietnamese boat people and refugees from entering the country.

Collected audio cassettes

Sub-series consists of 54 audio cassettes collected by Nouwen. The sub-series contains commercial and non-commercial audio cassettes.

Postcards and icons

Sub-series consists of approximately 500 postcards and icons collected by Nouwen. The postcards are blank except for three which contain letters on the verso. Nouwen maintained the collection of postcards and icons in three plastic index card boxes. The first section contains postcards largely of a religious nature, including architecture churches, monasteries, etc. from around the world) and artwork by Van Gogh, Chagall, Rodin, Degas, Renoir, Barlach, and others, as well as postcards of New York. Also contains a photograph of a sculpture of Jesus on the cross and the three postcards with letters.
The second section contains postcards of a religious nature, including architecture (churches, monasteries, etc. from around the world) and artwork by Renoir, Van Gogh, Rodin, and others. Also contains postcards of people, flowers and nature scenes, and scenes of places from predominantly around the US.
The third section contains envelopes of icons and postcards. The envelopes are labelled "Icons", "Marthe Robin", "Archives", "Abbey of the Genesee", "Marthe Robin", "Genesee", "Rembrandt", "Check For Archives" and "Freiburg Cards". Also contains some loose cards in the back, as well as a photograph of a picture of Edith Stein in 1925 and a photograph of a church, inscribed in Dutch on the back. This box also contains icon ordination cards from the 25th anniversary of Nouwen's ordination.

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.

Administrative resources files

Series consists of administrative resources files which were maintained for Nouwen by Nouwen's administrative staffs from 1983 to 1997. These files contain materials collected by Nouwen in order to assist him with his roles as pastor, writer, researcher, and friend. In addition to subject-based material such as newspaper clippings and brochures, it is evident that Nouwen's administrative assistants at Daybreak used these files to hold administrative material related to liturgical events such as Christmas, Lent, and Easter, as well as other aspects of Nouwen's duties in the community. These files were likely maintained as a resource for Nouwen regarding his daily work.

The titles of the files are taken directly from the file labels created by Nouwen and his administrative assistants, unless otherwise noted. The files are arranged by subject or topic (such as Latin America, Vincent van Gogh, or Abbey of the Genesee), are in alphabetical order, and materials within the files have been maintained chronologically. Many of the materials have been placed in this series because they contain annotations, either by Nouwen or an assistant, saying "File" with the subject or name or "File - Resource files."

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.

Assistants file

File consists of a letter from Martha Robbins pertaining to being a teaching fellow for Nouwen during the spring of 1983.

Baptist peacemaker file

File consists of two brochures, Baptist Peacemaker International Spirituality #1 and Baptist Peacemaker International Spirituality #2. Within Baptist Peacemaker International Spirituality #2 there are annotations in Nouwen's hand.

Central America file

  • CA ON00389 F4-13-14100-1, 14100-2, 14100-3
  • File
  • [1982] - 1988
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of materials related to Central America, materials includes a variety of newsletters, Mesoamerica newsletters, newspaper articles, informational pamphlets, letters requesting support for causes and organizations, a preliminary report on “Education in the New Nicaragua” by Fr. Leonard Altilia for the Canada-Caribbean-Central America Policy Alternative and a copy of a manuscript pertaining to Honduras. File also contained several pages of handwritten notes in Nouwen's hand on Central America.

Photograph of view of city

Item consists of a slide (taken from a certain height) of a view of a city surrounded on one side by water.

Photograph of building

Item consists of a slide of a white building with an orange roof and clothes drying on a line; a house is visible in the background.

Photograph of unidentified boy

Item consists of a slide of an unidentified boy at an outdoor market, standing beside a pile of watermelons, holding a small one.

Photograph of view of coastline

Item consists of a slide (taken from a certain height) of the view of a coast line: trees, farmland, sea and an island. Shot 2.

Photograph of view of coastal town

Item consists of a slide (taken from a certain height) of the view of a coast line: trees, town, water, island and mountains in the distance. Shot 5.

Photograph of unidentified people

Item consists of a slide (taken from a distance) of unidentified people walking down a large sandy hill, with threes and the coast in the distance.

Photograph of unidentified man

Item consists of a slide of an unidentified man wearing a scarf on his head, visible on the other side of a white wall.

Photograph of narrow lane

Item consists of a slide of a narrow lane leading down a hill, lined with trees; two unidentified people are visible walking along it. Shot 2.

Photograph of mountains

Item consists of a slide (taken from below) of the sun shining on tree-covered mountains.

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