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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Subseries
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Membership and Board of Directors' meetings

Sub-series consists of notification of meetings, agendas, minutes, reports from committees (including budgets and other financial statements), proposals, forms updating the officers and directors, and other materials prepared for meetings of the New Catholic Times membership, including the annual meeting of the Board of Directors.

From 1976 to 1989, members referred to themselves as "the collective" and meetings, held approximately bi-weekly, were called Collective meetings. The annual meeting of the Board of Directors usually occurred in January or February. Records for Collective meetings for the years 1978 and 1979 are absent, as indicated on post-it notes in the records for 1980 and 1977. From 1990 on, members referred themselves as "the membership" and Membership meetings were held twice a year, with the business conducted at the fall meeting. Records for membership meetings after 1999 do not exist, though see sub-series 2 for records pertaining to meetings of the Publishing Group.

Staff meetings

Sub-series consists of agendas and minutes for meetings of the staff of the Catholic New Times for the years 2002-2006. Staff were responsible for the day-to-day aspects of producing the newspaper.

Publishing Group meetings

Sub-series consists of agendas, minutes, reports (including budgets and other financial statements), proposals, and other material prepared for meetings of the Publishing Group from 1990 to 2006. Records for the year 2000 do not exist. After the corporation's structural reorganization in 1990, the members of the corporation elected approximately 10 people from within the membership to form the Publishing Group, which met with the editor of the Catholic New Times about ten times per year to oversee all aspects of the production of the newspaper.

Documents describing the spirit, the structure and the format of retreats

Sub-series consists of documents regarding the organisational structure of the Faith and Sharing Federation, the spirit of the Faith and Sharing movement and a guide describing the format of the Faith and Sharing retreats. The majority of the documents are in two sets of the documents, one written in French and the other in English. Only a French copy of the 2010 Faith and Sharing Organization Structure was provided at the time of donation.

Annual reports on the Regions

Sub-series consists of annual reports from Region 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7. Also includes pamphlets regarding local retreats and meetings and a booklet celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Faith and Sharing community in the Quebec region.

School certificates

Sub-series consists of eighteen documents certifying Nouwen's completion of courses, degrees and programmes.

Book reviews

  • CA ON00389 F4-9-4
  • Subseries
  • 1972 - 1996, predominant 1981 - 1996
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of published articles as well as bookstore advertising, and transcripts of radio reviews regarding Nouwen's books, audio cassettes, and booklets. Also included are book reviews mentioning Nouwen's forewords and a book of which Nouwen was a contributing author. The articles are in various formats including entire publications, clippings, and photocopies as originally saved by Nouwen. This sub-series contains only those articles which Nouwen or his office collected.
In an attempt to re-establish a system similar to that originated by Nouwen, the Archives created one file to represent each reviewed book, etc., combining the various translations for a single book in the single file. On occasion, articles were photocopied by the Archives staff should more than one of Nouwen's books be mentioned; the copies were distributed to the appropriate book review files.

Articles by Nouwen

  • CA ON00389 F4-9-1
  • Subseries
  • 1960 - 1996, predominant 1974, 1976 - 1996
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of published articles written by Nouwen between 1960 and 1996. A majority of the articles are dated between 1975 and 1996 probably because in 1975 Nouwen began transferring the articles for storage at Yale. The articles are in various formats including entire periodicals, offprints, clippings, and photocopies as originally saved by Nouwen. Specific publications include Pastoral Psychology, Sojourners, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Feu et Lumiere, The New Oxford Review, National Catholic Reporter, Weavings, and Zaken die God raken. Articles from church newsletters and other sources with limited publication are also included. In addition to featuring unique writings, the articles also represent published material that has been excerpted, condensed, adapted and reprinted from Nouwen's books, articles, and conference speeches. This sub-series contains only those articles written by Nouwen which he collected and does not contain all of his published articles as is evident by several incomplete article series.
The files are arranged chronologically. Each file features one unique published article although photocopies of newspapers as well as business cards and letters indicating the source of the articles are also included. Each file/article has been described at the item level.

Articles co-authored by Nouwen

Sub-series consists of published articles co-written by Nouwen between 1970 and 1986. The articles are in various formats including entire periodicals, offprints, newsletters, clippings and photocopies. In addition to featuring unique writings including a book review, the articles also represent published material that has been excerpted, and reprinted from Nouwen's books, articles, and lectures. Specific books excerpted include Intimacy, Aging, and Compassion.

Scrapbook 1956-1965

  • CA ON00389 F4-9-5
  • Subseries
  • 1956 - 1965, predominant 1956 - 1958
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of original published articles written and cowritten by Nouwen, about Nouwen or of interest to Nouwen between 1956 and 1965. A majority of the articles are dated between 1956 and 1958 with others being undated and one article by Nouwen's uncle, Antonius (Toon) Ramselaar, written ca. 1965 (at p. 12). A photograph featuring a "Wayside Shine" in Dublin, Ireland is found on p. 8. All articles are described to the item level except for the two by Ramselaar.

Interviews of and articles about Nouwen

  • CA ON00389 F4-9-3
  • Subseries
  • 1974 - 1996, predominant 1983, 1987 - 1996
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of published articles representing interviews of and articles written about Nouwen between 1974 and 1996. The articles are in various formats including entire periodicals, offprints, clippings, and photocopies as originally saved by Nouwen. Specific publications include Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Catholic Times, Katholiek Nieuwsblad, Trouw, and Zaken die God raken. Articles from church newsletters and other sources with limited publication are also included. This sub-series does not contain all of the published interviews of and articles about Nouwen as is evident by several incomplete article series.

Scrapbook 1956, 1958

Sub-series consists of four original published articles written by Nouwen in 1956 and 1958. All articles are described to the item level. Two articles are copies of those found in the other scrapbooks. It appears that Nouwen prepared this scrapbook while studying at Nijmegen (1957-1964) and gave it to his mother in July 1975.

Scrapbook 1965 -1982

  • CA ON00389 F4-9-6
  • Subseries
  • 1965 - 1975, predominant 1970 - 1972
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of originals and photocopies of published articles written by Nouwen, about Nouwen, about his books, or kept by Nouwen between 1965 and 1982. A pen and ink sketch of Nouwen by Prof. Bainton during a lecture in 1972 is found at p. 35. All articles are described to the item level except for an article by A.C. Ramselaar, Nouwen's uncle, and the book reviews which are described at the file level. The book reviews include those for Intimacy, Bidden om het leven, Creative ministry, Een levende heenwijzing, and Met open handen.

Books by Nouwen

Sub-series consists of hard and soft cover books or booklets written by Nouwen or containing Nouwen's words, published between 1969 and 1996. The Archives has a variety of editions, printings and translations of his books. It is not certain how Nouwen obtained most of the English versions since, other than a handful of presentation copies, few were personally inscribed to him. Although it may be presumed that some were publisher gifts, since many of the books still have their price tags, it is possible that they were purchased by Nouwen or his associates.

Guides

Sub-series consists of one leader's guide to Nouwen's book Letters to Marc about Jesus. The book was produced by the publisher of Nouwen's book as a learning aid. Through a series of questions and exercises it attempts to help the reader gain in their own spiritual life through Nouwen's book. The book has been described at the item level.

Books contributed to by Nouwen

Sub-series consists of books written between 1974 and 1996 of which Nouwen co-authored, contributed a chapter, provided excerpts from his previously published works, or was interviewed. As well, Nouwen also provided introductions, forewords, prefaces, and recommendations to many books also included in this subseries. In addition to the books are photocopies of Nouwen's contributions to two other books not owned by the Archives. Paper notes and inscriptions within the books suggest that many of the books were given to Nouwen from the authors or publishers.

Books about Nouwen

Sub-series consists of four books written between 1985 and 1994 about Nouwen or containing a chapter about Nouwen. The two books written in 1994 represent student theses-like material on Nouwen's life. The other two books reflect on the lives of many individuals; Nouwen is represented in one chapter of each book. The books have been described at the item level.

Awards and honourary degrees

Sub-series consists of awards and honourary degrees bestowed upon Henri Nouwen by various academic institutions, religious and community organizations, and literary associations, including correspondence and memorabilia relating to the awards and award ceremonies.

Promotional material for lectures, workshops and special events

Sub-series consists of posters, pamphlets and programs of various lectures and workshops conducted by or involving Henri Nouwen and events attended by Nouwen, including a card of thanks, miscellaneous worksheets and a reserved sign marked with Nouwen's name.

Religious artifacts

Sub-series consists of religious artifacts owned by Henri Nouwen but not a part of the collected materials from his office, including psalms and prayers, rosary beads, stoles, vessels, large wooden crucifix, a tabernacle, and a gold chalice.

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.

Materials regarding the circus

Sub-series consists of materials collected by Nouwen about the circus with particular focus on the trapeze artists The Flying Rodleighs. Include books, articles, circus programmes and magazines. Sub-series also includes audio cassettes and typed transcripts of The Flying Rodleigh interviews carried out by Nouwen in November of 1991. Includes 12 audio cassettes, 1 videocassette and 15 volumes.

Materials regarding Thomas Merton

Sub-series consists of materials collected by Nouwen related to Thomas Merton. Sub-series includes newspaper articles, mimeographed letters from Merton, several copies of Merton’s manuscripts and several of Merton’s commercially produced audio cassette recordings of his talks to the monks and community of the Abbey of Gethsemani. Sub-series also contains Nouwen’s own records of the materials he collected on Merton. Sub-series also includes materials relating to Merton’s death in 1968 and homilies of funeral services held in his honour.

Collected articles

Sub-series consists of more than 70 articles collected by Nouwen for his research, writing, speeches, as reference for his duties as pastor, and for general interest. The sub-series consists of newspaper, magazine and journal articles as well as copied chapters from books and three manuscripts.
It is not known the exact purpose or reason these articles were kept, therefore, the archivist has arranged the sub-series in alphabetical order by title of the article. The articles in this series were likely collected and kept by Nouwen. There are other articles in 1.8.13. Henri Nouwen fonds - Administrative resources files. There are three files with a collection of articles (14081, 14082, 14083). These articles were likely given to Nouwen and so were filed with resources when they came in with letters.

Materials regarding Seward Hiltner

Sub-series consists of articles and materials collected by Nouwen on Seward Hiltner. Materials were likely collected while Nouwen was at Notre Dame University and at Yale Divinity School. The material was likely collected for use in courses that Nouwen was teaching from 1967 to 1975 at Notre Dame, the Joint Pastoral Institute in Amsterdam, Catholic Theological Institute of Utrecht, and Yale. The courses were on the topic of Pastoral Care. The material might also have informed Nouwen's Theology degree, but this needs more research. In a letter in the file titled "Nouwen correspondence regarding Hiltner material" Nouwen writes, "I am presently involved in research concerning Seward Hiltner, and am trying to collect as many of his writings as possible."
Seward Hiltner (1909 - 1984) was an American Presbyterian minister who lived his life and work focused on the interface between psychology and theology. He believed that the two disciplines are vital to each other and that together they were a decisive force in shaping pastoral care and counseling. In addition to many other positions, Hiltner was the theological consultant for the Menninger Clinic as well as executive secretary for the Council of Clinical Training of Theological Students (founded by Boisen in 1930).

Invitations declined

Sub-series consists of correspondence and administrative instructions regarding invitations to Nouwen to speak. All of the invitations in this sub-series were declined.

Weekly calendars

Sub-series consists of Nouwen’s weekly appointment calendars from 1975 to 1996. Most contain ephemeral material (including personal notes, reminders, invitations and miscellaneous information) which has been removed and placed in separate envelopes.

Retreat and discernment notes

Sub-series consists of notes and notebooks written by Nouwen concerning his personal spiritual journey, including retreat and meeting notes, personal meditations and discernment notes.

Personal papers

Sub-series consists of personal papers collected by Nouwen over his lifetime for sentimental reasons including mementos, ephemera, and materials relating to his childhood, career and his friends. Sub-series has been organized in chronological order.

Family papers

Sub-series consists of papers Nouwen collected over the years relating to his family. Material has been organized in chronological order.

Official documents

Sub-series consists of official papers kept for legal, insurance and professional reasons, including immigration papers, and personal identification cards.

Ave Maria Press files

Sub-series consists of five files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Ave Maria Press, a publishing company located in Notre Dame, Indiana. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen or his assistants and Eugene S. Geissler, Book Editor or Frank Cunningham, Editor for Ave Maria Press. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include In Memoriam, With Open Hands, Out of Solitude, Compassion, Love in a Fearful Land, and audio cassettes A Spirituality of Waiting, Aging and Ministry, Marriage and Ministry and Spirituality and the Family.

Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Group files

Sub-series consists of seven files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Group, a publishing company located in New York, NY. In 1992 The Crossroad Publishing Company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herder & Herder and its parent company Verlag Herder of Freiburg, Germany. The Continuum Publishing Group, as of 1992, was a separate independent publishing enterprise.

Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen and his assistants and Robert T. Heller, Associate Publisher or Ulla Schnell, Rights Manager/Executive Vice President for Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Group. Of note is that Heller was Editorial Director of Doubleday until 1988 when he moved to Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Group. Nouwen continued his business and personal association with Heller through this publishing company. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include In the Name of Jesus, The Living Reminder, The Road to Daybreak, Seven Sorrows of Mary (unpublished?), Beyond the Mirror (also referred to as A Glimpse Behind the Mirror), Show Me the Way, Life of the Beloved, Lifesigns, Here and Now (also referred to as Living in the Presence), Ukrainian Diary, Paths booklets, The Return of the Prodigal Son (also referred to as The Prodigal Son), Reaching Out, Creative Ministry, The Wounded Healer.

Darton Longman & Todd Ltd. files

Sub-series consists of eleven files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Darton Longman & Todd Ltd., a publishing company located in London, England. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen/his assistants and Teresa de Bertodano, Editor (1984-1989); Sarah Baird-Smith, Editorial Director (1989-1990); or Morag Reeve, Editor/Editorial Director for Darton Longman & Todd Ltd. (1990-1994). Of note is that in February 1989, Teresa de Bertodano joined Collins Publishers. Nouwen continued his business and personal association with her through this publishing company. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include In the Name of Jesus, Show Me the Way, Life of the Beloved, Lifesigns, Here and Now, The Return of the Prodigal Son (also referred to as The Prodigal Son), The Way of the Heart, Compassion, In the House of the Lord (published in the USA as Lifesigns), Behold the Beauty of the Lord, Letters to Marc about Jesus (also referred to as Letters to Marc), The Road to Daybreak (also referred to as Diary and L'Arche Diary and Journal), Beyond the Mirror (also referred to as A Glimpse Beyond the Mirror), and Time to Mourn Time to Dance, as well the Nouwen readers Seeds of Hope and Circles of Love (also referred to as Daily Readings) compiled by Bob Durback and John Garvey respectively.

Doubleday files

Sub-series consists of sixteen files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Doubleday, a publishing company located in New York, NY. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen or his assistants and Robert T. Heller, Editorial Director from 1982 to 1988 or Patricia Kossman, Senior Editor or William Barry, Associate Publisher for Doubleday. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include Lifesigns, The Return of the Prodigal Son (also referred to as Canvas of Love: Reflections on a Rembrandt), Compassion (also referred to as The Careful Embrace), In the House of the Lord (also referred to as Lifesigns),The Road to Daybreak, Reaching Out, The Genesee Diary, Clowning in Rome, The Wounded Healer, A Cry for Mercy, Creative Ministry, Aging, Downward Mobility, Peacemaking and The Inner Voice of Love (also referred to as Interrupted Love).

Harper San Francisco files

Sub-series consists of fifteen files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Harper San Francisco, from (at various times) New York, Hagerstown, London, San Francisco, Cambridge, Philadelphia, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, St. Louis, Sydney. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen/his assistants and John B. Shopp, Editor. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include The Wounded Healer, Thomas Merton, Intimacy, Making All Things New, Gracias (also referred to as South American Diary), A Letter of Consolation (also referred to as Dear Father), The Way of the Heart, Letters to Marc about Jesus, In the Name of Jesus, Beyond the Mirror, The Life of the Beloved, Our Greatest Gift (also known as Dying Well/Caring Well and In the Hour of Our Death), and The Living Reminder.

Lannoo files

Sub-series consists of ten files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Lannoo, a publishing company located in Belgium. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen or his assistants and Lieven Sercu, publisher for Lannoo regarding translation. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include The Wounded Healer, Gracias, A Letter of Consolation, The Way of the Heart, Letters to Marc, In the Name of Jesus, Beyond the Mirror (also referred to as A Glimpse Beyond the Mirror), Life of the Beloved, Reaching Out, With Open Hands, The Genesee Diary, Heart Speaks to Heart, Here & Now, Behold the Beauty of the Lord (also referred to as Icon book), Clowning in Rome, Lifesigns, The Return of the Prodigal Son (also referred to as Canvas of Love), Aging, The Road to Daybreak, The Ultimate Gift (published as Our Greatest Gift and Ons dagelijjks brood), Our Daily Bread (published in English as With Burning Hearts).

Orbis Books files

Sub-series consists of seven files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Orbis Books, a publishing company located in Maryknoll, New York. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen or his assistants and Robert Ellsberg, Editor-in-Chief for Orbis Books. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include Walk with Jesus: Stations of the Cross (also referred to as I Walk with Jesus), Gracias, A Cry for Mercy: Prayers from the Genesee, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life, Love in a Fearful Land, and Ukrainian Journal.

Verlag Herder files

Sub-series consists of fourteen files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Verlag Herder, a publishing company located in Freiburg, Germany. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen/his assistants and Franz Johna, Editor for Verlag Herder. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include A Cry for Mercy, Gracias, A Letter of Consolation, Aging, In Memoriam, Reaching Out, The Living Reminder, Clowning in Rome (also referred to as the Circus book), The Wounded Healer, The Way of the Heart, Behold the Beauty of the Lord (also referred to as the Icon book), Letters to Marc [about Jesus], The Road to Daybreak, In the Name of Jesus, The Return of the Prodigal Son (referred to as The Prodigal Son and Canvas of Love), Heart Speaks to Heart, Creative Ministry, Beyond the Mirror (referred to as A Glimpse Beyond the Mirror), Show Me the Way: Readings for Each Day of Lent (referred to as the Lenten book), The Life of the Beloved (also referred to as Becoming the Beloved), With Burning Hearts: A Mediation on the Eucharistic life (also referred to as the Eucharist book), Our Greatest Gift (also referred to as The Ultimate Gift and Dying Well/Caring Well), Here & Now and In the House of the Lord (referred to as In God's House - later published as Lifesigns), as well as Bob Durback's Seeds of Hope: A Henri Nouwen Reader and Returning: God's Love Call us Home (a Lenten booklet first published by Creative Communications).

General publisher files

  • CA ON00389 F4-5-9
  • Subseries
  • 1984 - 1995, predominant 1987 - 1991
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of eighty files related to business dealings with publishers that Nouwen dealt with on an occasional basis. These files relate primarily to the publication of articles, requests to reprint passages from previously published books, articles and cassettes, requests for endorsements of books by other authors, and translation rights. In addition to business and personal correspondence, the files may contain business documents such as draft manuscripts of books, articles, endorsements and introductions, book cover mockups, signed contracts, royalty statements and publishers' catalogues. Of special note are the St. Anthony Press files which contain draft copies of the Jesus and Mary book and the homilies "Mary, Mother of the Suffering Jesus" and "Mary, Mother of the Priests", as well as the files "Novalis" which contain drafts of Nouwen's 1992 meditations for Passion Sunday and the First Sunday in Advent.

General financial files

Sub-series consists of Nouwen's general financial files kept by his staff between 1980 and 1997. Includes material regarding bank accounts, credit cards, expenses, financial statements, frequent flyer programs, income from donations, honorariums, royalties and stipend, income tax, car, health and travel insurance and RRSP/retirement funds. Includes applications, correspondence, forms, informational pamphlets and booklets, invoices, newsletters, receipts, reports, and statements. Photographs accompany some correspondence (none of which are of Nouwen).
The files have been grouped chronologically according to the Nouwen staff member(s) responsible for the creation of the majority of the file. There are four groupings: files 1270-1281 consist of material from 1980 to 1986 created predominantly by Carol Plantinga and Peter Weiskel; files 1282-1303 consist material from 1986 to 1995 predominantly created by Connie Ellis; files 1304-1311 consist of material from 1984 to 1993 predominantly created by Lydia Banducci; and files 1312-1404 consist of material from 1985 to 1997 predominantly created by Margaret Sutton. Within each chronological grouping the material is arranged alphabetically by file title. There is also one file containing financial invoices, receipts, and financial statements from the period of 1956 - 1967.

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