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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Series
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Organizational records

Records document the foundation's mandate, activities, and history. They include the foundation's logo creation, "foundational statement", historic timeline, press cuttings, and newsletters.

Publications

This series includes two books written by Gila Margolin, "The Moving Swan" (2006), and "Where the Woods Meet the Water" (2014). There is one copy of the former and three copies of the latter, one in French ("La où les bois côtoient l'eau").

Gila Margolin, personal

This series is divided into two main categories:

The first contains copies of Gila Margolin's family tree (Margolin and Bergson), as well as a copy of a family photograph.

The second contains ephemera from Margolin's travels (brochures, tickets, a tote), and correspondence.

Concerts and Events

This series is divided into two main categories:

The first contains audio recordings of Gila Margolin's concerts, music sheets and lyrics from her performances, and an audio recording by Jeffrey Houghton which depicts the origins of The Little Sisters of Joy.

The second contains promotional materials from events, mainly concerts and book launches. In many cases, concerts are given in the framework of book launches.

Photographs

Photographs document Gila Margolin's travels, friends, family, and concert performances.

Photographers credited throughout. Note that Kevin Low photographed all of the prints in the album.

General files

Series consists of more than 16 000 letters received by Henri Nouwen between 1964 and 1997. Some files include photographs and other printed material sent to Nouwen as enclosures. In some instances, a copy of Nouwen's typed letter of reply is also included in the file.

Papers of Father John O'Connor

Series consists of a collection of hand-written and typed manuscripts, poems, translations and radio transcripts created and accumulated by Monsignor John O'Connor, as well as his correspondence, collected ephemera (including news clippings, Christmas cards, posters, pamphlets, and small press publications) and research notes. The majority of the material relates to O'Connor's friendship with the author G.K. Chesterton, although O'Connor also translated Latin religious poetry and composed his own verse and wrote prose pieces on literature, Church history, morality, religion and philosophy.

Sketches/Artwork

Series consists of drawings created by Wilfred Watson; the series is comprised of seventeen ink, pastel, crayon, watercolour, gauche and graphite drawings. The majority of these drawings are figurative and most likely from the period when Watson was living in Nanaimo, B.C.

Reference Material

Series consists of reference material compiled and retained by Wilfred Watson. Specifically, the series contains theses composed for and submitted to the University of Alberta's Department of English and presumably sent to Wilfred Watson for his perusal.

Personal Records

Series consists of items in the collection that are uniquely personal to Wilfred Watson, which includes ephemera, loose notes, poetry fragments, word play, jottings and citations made by Wilfred Watson on scraps of paper, cigarette packages and used envelopes.

Literary Drafts/Writings

Series consists of Wilfred Watson manuscripts, typescripts, drafts and notes regarding his writing, poetry, plays, short stories, miscellaneous papers and publications. Specifically, the series contains handwritten notes regarding an unknown philosopher; a typescript and published copy of the essay "McLuhan's collective wordplay"; manuscripts of poems; and a reflection paper titled "Mettre en conte le dream".

Journals and notebooks

Series consists of two diaries kept by Wilfred Watson during his writing career and includes a diary created by Watson after 1958, and a second diary kept between 1984 and 1993.

Correspondence

Series consists of correspondence—specifically letters, cards, and notes with occasional enclosures that includes manuscripts, publications and photographs—created and accumulated by Wilfred Watson. Series is primarily composed of personal correspondence from friends and colleagues (Fred Flahiff, Northrop Frye, Ruth Humphrey, Janet Lander, M.E. Madsen, Marshall McLuhan, Rob Sanders, and Keith Swift), as well as correspondence from publishers (Northern Review Press and ECW Press, as well as the periodicals "Experiment" and "The Fiddlehead").

Audio-Visual Records

Series consists of audio-visual material collected by Wilfred Watson and includes three 1.5 mm audiotape reels, and are presumably sound recordings of Watson's theatrical productions or his public readings.

Incoming correspondence

Series consists of Fred T. Flahiff's personal correspondence, deposited with the library due to its relevance to Flahiff's work on Sheila Watson. Includes 53 letters from Sheila Watson, 3 letters and 34 pages of poetry and 20 illustrations in ink and pastel (17 of which are photocopied) from Wilfred Watson. Also includes letters from others: one letter from B.J. Mitchell; one letter from a Mike (last name unknown), regarding an entry on Sheila Watson in the UBC yearbook "Totem" from 1931; one letter from Douglas M. Gibson, publisher at McClelland and Stewart.

Administrative files

Series consists of 2 files of administrative records created and used by Feeley from 1966-1970. One file pertains to Feeley's position as Administrative Assistant for Explorations, the other consists of material related to microfilming some of McLuhan's articles and other material.

Collected material for Biography

Series consists of material accumulated by Flahiff during the course of writing "Always Someone to Kill the Doves: A Life of Sheila Watson", published by NeWest Press, 2005.

Series consists of 4 sub-series:

  1. Collected letters
  2. Collected records from Wilfred Watson fonds
  3. Transcriptions of selected letters from Wilfred Watson fonds
  4. Finding Guides and Research Tools

Research and reference material

Series consists of bound and loose leaf research and reference notes handwritten and typed by Douglas Ellory Pett relating to his thesis and extensive research on the early Anglican sermons of John Henry Newman. Includes detailed bibliographic entries on published works; meticulous notes on biblical references used by Newman in his sermons; transcriptions of Newman's correspondence and archival records; as well as notes on contemporary accounts of Newman's preaching activities.

Correspondence of the North American Committee

The series consists of correspondence related to the organization of meetings of the North American Committee and the organizational structure for the North American Committee. Also includes letters of invitation to Bishops in the regions of North America to join the Committee and their replies, as well as letters on financial matters including requests for donations from the Faith and Sharing communities.

The correspondence of the North American Committee starts in 1979 and not in 1972. The North American Committee was formed in 1972 but it was not until 1978 when the Executive Committee was formed that there was visible leadership in the Faith & Sharing Federation. In the series entitled ‘Correspondence of the Regional Delegates’ there are documents which list the members of the North American Committee dating from 1973. However in a letter from December 1978 in the series ‘Documents related to the North American Annual Meetings', there is a list of the members of the North American Committee and a plan to form the Executive Committee in order to meet the expressed need for visible leadership. This suggests that up until that date the North American Committee did not have a visible leadership. This also explains why there was a limited amount of correspondence kept by the Secretary of the North American Committee up until that date.

The correspondence from 1999 to 2001 which appears in the original list produced by Séguin is not available in the archive and may have been kept by the Faith & Sharing Federation.

Manuscripts

Series consists of handwritten and typed manuscripts of essays on Newman, as well as various draft chapters from his PhD thesis, "The Published and Unpublished Anglican Sermons of John Henry Newman : Prolegomena to an Edition" (completed in 1974), and two copies of the final thesis.

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."

Financial files

  • CA ON00389 F4-6
  • Series
  • December 1980 - December 1997, predominant August 1986 - September 1996
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Series consists of Nouwen's financial files dating from 1980 and 1997, predominantly from 1986 -1997. Prior to 1986 Nouwen's personal accountant kept the majority of Nouwen's records and likely discarded them after the mandatory seven years retention period. The records from this time period are therefore minimal and consist primarily of financial overviews, cash books and American bank and retirement accounts and insurance files. After 1986, the records become more detailed and voluminous, including files about Nouwen's income (stipends, donations and royalties), expenses, taxes, insurance, retirement plans, credit cards and bank accounts.

Although the boxes were in no discernable order, they have been arranged in the following six sub-series by taking into account both the function of the records and the Nouwen staff member responsible for the maintenance of the majority of the records in that grouping:

1.6.1. General Files
1.6.2. Ledgers
1.6.3. Personal Accountant Files
1.6.4. Expenses Files
1.6.5. Cheque and Deposit Books
1.6.6. Donations Files

A more detailed description of each sub-series, as well as each sub-series arrangement can be found in the sub-series descriptions.

The files were created and kept by various secretaries and financial secretaries that Nouwen hired to control his complicated and extensive financial accounts. In the mid-1970s Nouwen hired Joe Sarno as his personal accountant. Sarno was responsible for Nouwen's income tax returns, American bank accounts and retirement funds until 1994 when Nouwen decided to consolidate his accounts to Daybreak. Carol Plantinga served as his financial secretary from the mid-1970s to 1986. From 1983-1985 Nouwen's assistant Peter Weiskel also worked with the financial files. At Daybreak, Connie Ellis took on the roles of both administrative assistant and financial secretary. After Ellis' became ill in 1992 Kathy Christie became Nouwen's administrative assistant and Lydia Banducci was hired as his financial secretary. Christie remained with Nouwen until his death in 1996. In 1993 Banducci was replaced by Margaret Sutton. Sutton remained in this position until 1997. In 1994 Nouwen began to consolidate all his financial and accounting information at Daybreak. Completing Nouwen's 1994 tax return was Sarno's last responsibility as his accountant. In 1996 Sutton arranged for all the records created and kept by Sarno to be transferred to Daybreak. Nouwen began transferring his accounting to account manager Alka Vijan at Canada Trust in 1994.

Assistants' Retreats and Meetings

Series consists of 169 audio cassettes and 7 videocassettes made during retreats and meetings given by and for assistants of L'Arche International. The assistants are those individuals that live and work in L'Arche communities and assist the core members. From email from Sr. Sue Mosteller, "L'Arche feels it's important to support those who live and work day in and day out in the homes with the people, so it calls them together for formation sessions, leadership training, and retreats for the spiritual journey. Because l'Arche is Ecumenical and Interfaith, the retreats are very beautiful with recognition of people's individual traditions and an attempt to find meaningful ways to pray and worship together. Often the meeting ends with a celebration of the Washing of the Feet - which symbolizes the serving and being served, the blessing and being blessed of each person in l'Arche."

Federation meetings

Series consists of 40 audio cassettes made during Federation meetings of L'Arche International. The communities of l’Arche belong to the International Federation of l’Arche. This is the umbrella for all l’Arche communities around the world. There is an International l’Arche Board of Directors and International Council of l’Arche that organize, raise funds, and continue to keep the dynamism of all l’Arche communities in the world.

Many meetings happen at the level of the Federation – like International Board Meetings, International Council Meetings, Zone Meetings, International Retreats, and once every six years there is an International Federation Meeting with representatives from each of the 130 communities around the world. Elections for the International Council and Board take place at the Federation Meeting, as well as a celebration of new communities and introduction to the culture where the meeting is held. People with disabilities usually attend this meeting, and find it rich with meaning, lots of celebrations, and interesting learnings.

In 2012, the Federation Meeting will take place in Atlanta, GA, and will host around 300 people from around the world. The last meeting, in 2006, was held in Calcutta, India.

Video recordings of Nouwen

Series consists of video recordings of Nouwen as lecturer, retreat leader, conference leader and television program guest. Many of these videocassettes were given to Nouwen by the organizers's of events in which he participated. There is one sub-series in this series: video recordings accumulated by Nouwen, and there are several sub-sub series. Multiple cassettes from a single event are available for Nouwen at Earlham College; Nouwen at Catholic Charities Volunteer Development Conference; Nouwen on Robert Schuller's Hour of Power; Video Recordings of 'Overal et Nergens' and Nouwen at L'Arche Stratford. The remaining videocassettes consist of thirty-three videocassettes of addresses, lectures, interviews and sermons given by Nouwen at conferences, retreats, churches and other locations from 1983 to 1996.

Publisher files

Series consists of correspondence and other material related to the business of publishing. The files provide the researcher with detailed and comprehensive information about the genesis and publication of most of Nouwen's books, as well as biographical information about Nouwen the writer, the business man, and the man.

The series is arranged alphabetically and divided into nine sub-series based on names of the main publishers of Nouwen's books:
1.5.1. Ave Maria Press files
1.5.2. Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Group files
1.5.3. Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd. files
1.5.4. Doubleday files, Harper San Francisco files
1.5.5. Lannoo files
1.5.6. Orbis Books files
1.5.7. Verlag Herder files
1.5.8. General publisher files

With the exception of the General files, these files represent the major publishers that Nouwen worked with from 1973 to 1996. Although the files contain material on all books published up to Nouwen's death, since his first book was published in 1969, it can be presumed that some of the correspondence and documents from 1969 to 1972 are missing.

The files may include: business correspondence discussing book ideas, titles of books and other issues, including copies of outgoing letters containing Nouwen's response to all stages of publication; business documents such as draft manuscripts, revised manuscripts with annotations, responses to manuscripts by editors and other readers, draft illustrations and mock booklets for design purposes, galleys, page proofs, royalties and advance statements, original publisher/author agreements and contracts; personal correspondence between Nouwen and his editors. The files also contain outgoing correspondence by Nouwen's various assistants over the years, including Connie Ellis, Kathy Christie, Lydia Banducci, Margaret Sutton, Peter Weiskel, Joseph Sarno, Carol Plantinga, Deborah A. Hawkins and Vincent Masi.

The files relate primarily to book publication, however, they also contain material about the publication of articles and audiocassettes, video, material related to requests from publishers for endorsements, forewords and introductions to the books of other writers, and in some cases, especially in the General Publisher files sub-series, requests for permission to publish parts of Nouwen's work and translation rights to his books. Correspondence can be found from publishers in the Netherlands, the former East Germany, Belgium, England, France, Spain, Poland, Italy, South Africa, India, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

In all descriptions, working book titles are followed by published titles, if different.

Personal records

Series consists of records of a personal nature which were created and kept by Nouwen throughout his life. These materials are arranged into sub-series and files which reflect the main value of that grouping of personal records.

This series has been arranged into five sub-series:
1.4.1. Weekly calendars
1.4.2. Retreat and discernment notes
1.4.3. Personal papers
1.4.4. Family papers
1.4.5. Official documents

Series also contains two files: address books and mailing lists for books.

Homes Coordinator files

Series consists of correspondence and operations files of the Homes Coordinator. The Homes Coordinator was responsible for the overall direction and support of Heads of Houses, support and advocacy for core members.
The types of records include: minutes of meetings; internal reports; financial documents; regular operating reports of the Homes Coordinator; incoming and outgoing correspondence; forms and personnel documents.
Subjects found in the series include: staff management; budgets and financial management; and planning for homes.
See file descriptions for more detailed content information.

Property files

Series consists of files relating to Daybreak property leasing or acquisition and property management.
The types of records include: proposals for establishment of homes, incoming and outgoing correspondence regarding leasing or purchase of properties and renovations in Richmond Hill and Toronto; lease and sale documents; property closing books; Ontario government funding applications; municipal planning documents; site plans and building floor plans.
Properties included in the series: Avoca House, Centre Street, 26 Church Street, 55 Church Street, Eagle Point, Grandview, Mill Street, Mortimer Avenue, New House, Pick House, Stephenson Crescent, and Wolverleigh.
See file descriptions for more detailed content information.

Development Director files

Series consists of the records of the Development Director, charged with the responsibility for L'Arche Daybreak fundraising.
The types of records include: incoming and outgoing correspondence with donors, government agencies, and event venues; minutes of meetings; project and fundraising proposals; brochures and event promotional literature.
Subjects found in the series include: bequests and donations; special events, including fundraising events involving Jean Vanier; Dayspring II project; Daybreak information and promotional material.
See file descriptions for more detailed information.

Deceased Core Member files

Series consists of the key admission, personal documentation, program and medical records of Daybreak core members (residents).
The types of records include: personal documents (birth certificates, medical cards, passports, etc.); admission documents; member annual review reports; individual learning program reports; special event and unusual occurrence reports; incoming and outgoing correspondence with support professionals; medical/dental treatment forms and reports; medication records; financial and legal records.
Subjects found in the series include: Daybreak work programs; medical care; psychological and behavioral reporting.
See file descriptions for more detailed information.

Community files

Series consists of correspondence files collected from a number of sources within Daybreak. Where possible, the source of the file has been identified in the file level description. The files document a wide range of activities and programs in the community.
The types of records include: incoming and outgoing correspondence re: community events and activities; minutes of meetings; research reports; newsletters and publications; articles and news clippings.
Subjects found in the series include: Dayspring II; training and retreats for assistants; Daybreak and L'Arche anniversaries; Jean Vanier events; Walkathon and other fund raising events: The Woodery and other work programs; spiritual life; Children’s Home project; admission of core members; and the administration of houses.
See file descriptions for more detailed content information.

Director - Board of Directors files

Series consists of minutes of meetings and files of the L'Arche Daybreak (earlier named Friends of L’Arche) Board of Directors. The records document the origins and development of all Daybreak programs, facilities and projects.
The types of records include: copies of core corporate documents; minutes of meetings; internal and external research reports; audited financial statements; regular operating reports of the Director and Community Leaders; proposals for new programs and projects; incoming and outgoing correspondence regarding Board organization, Board membership, and fundraising activities.
Subjects found in the series include: acquisition and development of houses; property development; development of the Dayspring and Dayspring II initiatives; the Woodery, Daybreak Farm, and other work programs; employment of senior management staff; recruitment of Board directors; staff remuneration and benefits; Daybreak and L’Arche anniversaries; financial status; fundraising events; pastoral services and spiritual life; relationships with L’Arche on the regional, national and international levels.
See file descriptions for more detailed content information.

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