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Henri Nouwen fonds
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Living Reminder Retreat brochure

Item consists of one brochure from The Upper Room (Nashville, TN) on its Living Reminder Retreat, which uses Nouwen's book of the same title as a reflection on personal ministry.

Geresrveered sign

Item consists of a 'reserved' sign with Henri Nouwen's name in black ink for an unknown event.

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.

Two briefcases

File consists of two suitcases, one brown (E118) and one black (E119) with a combination lock, owned by Nouwen in the course of his life.

Place mat

Item consists of one turquoise woven place mat.

Plaster sculpture

Item consists of one glazed plaster sculpture of a hand with "Michael Barret 1991" carved on bottom. Sculpture is glazed with white paint with blue and purple swatches.

Wooden acrobat toy

Item consists of one painted wooden acrobat toy on a wooden stand given to Nouwen by Joseph and Brad for Christmas. There is a handwritten note from Joseph and Brad on the wooden stand.

Wooden sculpture

Item consists of one wooden sculpture, all carved from one block of dark wood. The bottom of the wood features the carved inscription 'The Remnant' and possibly a signature of the artist. The sculpture features a seated figure with its legs pulled to its chest, and one arm wrapped around the body. The other arm is resting on the floor, with its palm facing upward and cupped. The figure is sanded smooth with a finish, while the base is left rough.

Army socks

Item consists of one pair of olive green socks that were part of Henri Nouwen's military uniform. There is a label with 'Nouwen' sewed onto each sock.

Sailor doll

Item consists of one sailor doll with a hat with the label, "Holland-America Line". Henri Nouwen likely collected this doll while on contract as the chaplain for the Holland America Line in 1962. The doll has a soft body and a hard plastic head. The face is painted on.

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.

Prayers and psalms

File consists of three prayers by Nouwen entitled "A Parable," "Father," and "May the face...".

Stoles

File consists of one variegated magenta wool stole with large tassels, one multi-coloured stole made from woven cotton possibly made in Central or South America, and one blended red woolen stole.

Two icons

File consists of two icons. Icons are:
E138: Possibly from the Ukraine or Russia, in a plastic silver frame. Print of a saint holding a large wooden cross and wearing purple and red robes, as well as a crown. Text next to the figure is in Russian.
E139: Print of "the Savior of Zvenigorod" affixed to wooden base. This print is likely a copy of a fresco or painting, as parts of the artwork are missing.

Glass chalices and paten

File consists of two clear glass chalices, and one clear glass paten. One of the chalices is slightly larger than the other. These chalices were used by Nouwen while he was a priest at L'Arche Daybreak. The cups were made by a glassblower in Vermont, Simon Pearce. Nouwen liked the clear glass because the wine could be seen, and many people could drink from them. He wrote, in Can You Drink the Cup, "These glass cups speak about a new way of being a priest and a new way of being human."

Wooden tabernacle

Item consists of one wooden tabernacle. The item has two doors in the front, which lock [key included]. The tabernacle would have been used to store the Eucharist.

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".

Photograph of Nouwen at dogwood tree planting

Item consists of a photograph of Nouwen digging earth at a dogwood tree planting in his honour at Yale University, with Bob Massie (plaid shirt), Mary and Mich Zeman (long beard) watching.

Photograph of Carol Plantinga, Bob Massie and others

Item consists of a photograph of Carol Plantinga digging earth at a dogwood tree planting in Nouwen's honour at Yale University, with Bob Massie (plaid shirt), Mary and Mich Zeman (long beard, looking down) watching.

Photograph of Nouwen watching llamas

Item consists of a photograph of Nouwen standing to one side, smiling at the camera as five llamas walk past during his trip to Morochata, Bolivia.

Photograph of unidentified bride and groom

Item consists of a photograph of an unidentified bride, wearing a white shirt and blue skirt, and groom, wearing a bowtie, standing in a pew and surrounded by other unidentified guests.

Photograph of unidentified bride and groom

Item consists of a photograph of an unidentified bride, wearing a white shirt and pink skirt, and groom, wearing a checkered tie, standing outdoors covered in white confetti; other unidentified guest are visible beside and behind them.

Photograph of unidentified mother and infant

Item consists of a photograph of an unidentified mother, wearing a yellow shirt, breast feeding her infant, wearing a white bonnet and wrapped in a white blanket, while standing outdoors before or after the infant's baptism.

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