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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections
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Faith and Sharing Federation fonds

  • CA ON00389 F5
  • Fonds
  • 1968-2012

The fonds consists of administrative, organizational, summary and financial records relating to the Faith and Sharing Federation. The records range in date from 1968 to 2012. The fonds is composed of eight series:

  1. History and Spirit of Faith and Sharing
  2. Documents of the Secretary, North American Committee
  3. Correspondence of the North American Committee
  4. Documents related to participation in the Canadian Conference of Catholic Lay Associations
  5. Faith and Sharing Bulletins
  6. Financial Files
  7. Sound recordings of Retreats
  8. Secondary resources collected by Madeleine Sguin, Secretary of the North American Committee, related to Jean Vanier

The majority of the records are textual however, as indicated, the fonds includes almost 200 recordings of retreats, including many talks by founder Jean Vanier.

Faith and Sharing Federation

Henri Nouwen fonds

  • CA ON00389 F4
  • Fonds
  • 1910 - 1997, 1964 - 1996 predominant

Fonds consists of 15 series:

  1. Manuscripts
  2. General files
  3. Calendar files
  4. Personal records
  5. Publisher files
  6. Financial files
  7. Teaching materials
  8. Nouwen’s education records and study notes
  9. Published works
  10. Video recordings of Nouwen
  11. Sound recordings
  12. Collected materials
  13. L'Arche Daybreak administrative files
  14. Ephemera and artifacts
  15. Photographs

Nouwen, Henri J.M.

Marjorie Lamb/ Alert Service fonds

  • CA ON00389 F3
  • Fonds
  • 1931 - 1968

The Marjorie Lamb/ Alert Service fonds is primarily comprised of the research and publishing files of Marjorie Lamb in her capacity as a public speaker and the author of the Alert Service newsletter. The newsletter, which she published in the 1950s and 1960s sought to expose and counteract Communist activities in Canada. Her files extensively document the labour movement, Cold War political issues at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, and radical social movements in Toronto and across Canada. Implicit throughout the records are the issues of domestic espionage and propaganda.

Lamb, Marjorie

Little Sisters of Joy fonds

  • CA ON00389 F19
  • Fonds
  • 1999-2019

The collection documents the Little Sisters of Joy and the part that Gila Margolin plays in it.

It is divided into five series:

  1. Organizational records
  2. Publications
  3. Concerts and Events
  4. Photographs
  5. Gila Margolin, personal

Little Sisters of Joy

Zola Research Programs fonds

  • CA ON00389 F17
  • Fonds
  • 1873-2008

Fonds consists of documents relating to the Zola Research Program and the publication of the 10 volume "Émile Zola Correspondance" series, including project files, inventories, reference materials, photocopies of Émile Zola’s correspondence and other documents related to the project. The project files contained in this fonds document the development and activities of the Zola Research Program. Project files records include inventories of various letters, funding information, budgetary forms, donor agreements, publicity documents and summaries of the project written both by external entities (newspapers) and internal figures (members of the Program staff). Also included are supplementary documents that were collected to create a broader contextual framework. Each letter is be supported with annotations and background information on the correspondents, events or people discussed in the letters as well as the social and political state of France during the 19th century. While the collection of letters by Zola was the primary mandate of the project, along the way the Program collected a vast number of reference materials to broaden the perspective. This fonds contains the off-prints, various documents (both collected by Zola and collected by the Zola Research Program about various 19th century figures) and bibliographies. Books collected by the Program are now the basis of the Émile Zola Collection in the Rare Book Collection of Kelly Library.

The correspondence is composed mostly of photocopies of handwritten letters, post cards, cartes de visites, telegrams and typed transcriptions of letters. The correspondence is a mixture of professional and personal letters that discuss various matters from the publication of Zola’s main works to the birth of his children. It is clear from the various handwritings and documentation styles that multiple figures were involved in the processing of the letters. However, as a Research Associate and long-term member of the team, Dorothy Speirs was the primary figure creating, processing and cross-referencing the letters. This can be seen through the presence of her initials on most of the documents. Additionally, as Project Archivist Hélène Issayevitch organized the letters and maintained the record-keeping practices throughout. It is important to note that after the dissolution of the Zola Research Program in 1995, Speirs continued collecting reference materials and adding them to the collection. As a result, there are a number of documents contained within that extend outside the dates of the Program. The result of this continued research is an additional publication completed in 2008, in association with Owen Morgan.

This collection remains the largest repository of Émile Zola’s letters available in North America. In recent years, the descendants of Zola have divided the estate, including the letters, resulting in a dispersal of the documents. This collection represents the largest single collection of Zola’s letters that is accessible and open to the public. Additionally, this fonds contains a fountain of information on key figures in the Naturalist Movement of the 19th century, as well as other well-known artists, scholars, intellectuals and political and social figures, including J.K. Huysmans, Edmond de Goncourt, Gustave Flaubert, Édouard Manet, Alfred Bruneau, Paul Alexis, Henry Céard, Léon Hennique, and Guy de Maupassant - all of which can be found either through personal discussions in the letters or supplementary documentation. The hidden value in this fonds lies in the plethora of reference resources that are available. The fonds also houses a vast number of off-prints that explore various aspects of Zola’s life as well as the broader Naturalist community of the 19th century. Some other significant pieces include original 19th century illustrated theatrical pamphlets from the Théâtre Libre, various original newspaper clippings and original letters by Émile Zola, Alexandrine Zola, Paul Alexis and Jules Claretie.

Fonds is arranged into 6 series:

1) Project Files series: consists of a variety of records that document the development of the project over the years, including funding information, publicity and marketing documents, donor agreements, budgetary forms and some correspondence amongst various scholars.

2) Letters by Zola series: consists of photocopies of letters written by Zola between 1856 and 1902. This series also contains an original letter by Émile Zola, dated June 22, 1890 (File #107).

3) Letters to Zola series: contains photocopies of letters written to Zola between 1858 and 1902. This series also contains an original letter by Alexandrine Zola to Émile Zola, dated May 27, 1890 (File #248).

4) Letters by Contemporaries series: consists of photocopies of letters sent between Zola’s family and contemporaries. This series contains an original letter from Paul Alexis to Léon Hennique, dated September 19, 1887 (File #420).

5) Collected and Reference Material series: contains photocopies of documents about the project and the various correspondents in the fonds (documents written by or about Émile Zola, documents about his family and correspondents, off-prints of works written about Émile Zola and naturalism, project inventories of letters and bibliographies). Series contains a variety of original documents including newspapers and theatrical pamphlets.

6) Alphabetical Index Forms series: consists of biographical and contextual information on correspondents of Émile Zola, figures mentioned in the letters, or the main journals for which he wrote.

Zola Research Program

Fred Flahiff fonds

  • CA ON00389 F15
  • Fonds
  • 1956-2006

Fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts and transcripts of archival material and accumulated by Fred T. Flahiff, professor of English at the University of St. Michael's College. Includes research materials and manuscripts related to Flahiff's biography of author Sheila Watson, "Always Someone to Kill the Doves: A Life of Sheila Watson", and his role as executor of her estate and custodian of her personal papers.

Includes five series:

  1. Incoming correspondence
  2. Collected Material after Sheila Watson's death
  3. Collected Material for biography
  4. Material related to publication of biography

Flahiff, F. T. (Frederick Thomas)

James Feeley fonds

  • CA ON00389 F14
  • Fonds
  • 1963 - 2006

Feeley collected monographs, copies of articles and newspaper clippings for the project and corresponded with McLuhan to verify facts and locate material. Fonds consists of three series:

  1. Bibliography working files, 1962-2006

  2. Letters to Feeley from Marshall McLuhan, 1964-1965, 1977

  3. Administrative and working files as Explorations Administrator, 1966-1970

Feeley, James

Douglas Ellory Pett fonds

  • CA ON00389 F12
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1978

Fonds consists of the archival materials received in conjunction with the book collection of Rev. Douglas Ellory Pett (B.A., B.D., Ph.D.) of Truro, Cornwall, England, who wrote a thesis on Newman "The Published and unpublished Anglican sermons of John Henry Newman : Prolegomena to an Edition". Fonds is comprised of the following series: Manuscripts Research and reference notes

Pett, Douglas Ellory

Catholic New Times Inc. fonds

  • CA ON00389 F10
  • Fonds
  • 1975-2006

Fonds consists of minutes, reports, proposals, and other materials prepared for meetings of committees and groups within Catholic New Times from 1976-2006. Fonds also includes incoming and outgoing correspondence from 1975-1983; documents relating to the incorporation of the Catholic New Times in 1976 and subsequent changes in directors; materials documenting the mission and structure of the corporation and processes and procedures for producing the newspaper; subject files containing clippings and reports from organizations of interest to Catholic New Times members and staff; and audio-visual materials created by and for the Catholic New Times. Fonds is comprised of the following series:

-Legal documents and administrative records
-Meeting minutes and reports
-Correspondence
-Working files
-Subject files
-Audiovisual materials

Catholic New Times

Unknown workshop on power

Item consists of one set of workshop notes in Nouwen's hand on the issue of power. There are ten sheets of notes in the set.

Geresrveered sign

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

Wainwright House Fall 1994 program

Item consists of the Fall 1994 program for Wainwright House (Rye, NY), highlighting Nouwen's lecture on "Prayer and Ministry" and the event "A Thanksgiving Offering: Communal Dinner with Henri Nouwen for the Benefit of Daybreak, the L'Arche Community in Toronto," both in November.

Thirteenth Annual Connecticut Ecumenical Forum pamphlet

Item consists of one pamphlet for the Thirteenth Annual Connecticut Ecumenical Forum (West Hartford, CT) in which Nouwen was the John F. Whealon Memorial Lecturer, presenting two lectures on "Power, Powerlessness and Power: L'Arche Community" and "Three Disciplines of Spiritual Life: Solitude, Community and Ministry."

Christian Counselling Services card

Item consists of a card of thanks given to Nouwen for his participation in the 25th anniversary celebration for the Christian Counselling Services (Toronto).

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.

Bulletin of Yale University Divinity School

Item consists of one copy of the Bulletin of Yale University Divinity School, Series 67, Number 8, April 1971, which includes programs for study; there is no mention of Nouwen.

Notes from Covenant Retreat 1994

Item consists of one set of workshop notes from a Covenant Retreat given by Nouwen in May 1994. Topics included in the notes are the compassionate covenant, the new covenant, Vincent van Gogh, compassion and pain, compassion and joy, compassion and healing, history of the covenant, the personal covenant, and the universal covenant.

Collection théâtrale André Antoine

  • CA ON00389 C8
  • Collection
  • 1880 - 1985

The collection consists of: papers from director André Antoine; letters from Antoine; letters to Antoine from various playwrights, whose plays he staged; photographs of actors and actresses; letters from various members of Antoine's family; 40 autograph letters from Emile Zola; letters from and to journalist Léon Deffoux; letters from and to Maurice LeBlond, Emile Zola's son-in-law; letters from and to playwright Georges Ancey and his wife; several first editions of Zola's novels, some with bound autograph letters. Throughout are photocopied documents, collected by Sanders, as contexual material about the era and referenced events or articles within the correspondence. Also included are original letters sent to Sanders from the friends and relatives of those whose letters appear in the 19th century correspondence.

Sanders, James B.

Plowman Family Postcard Collection

  • CA ON00389 C7
  • Collection
  • 1902-1932

Collection consists of 312 postcards received or collected by members of the Plowman family. The collection has been arranged as follows:

1.) Postcards addressed to Olive Plowman (178; 1903-1932, predominant, 1908 - 1919)
2.) Postcards addressed to Charles Plowman. (15 postcards)
3.) Postcards addressed to Samuel Plowman (9 postcards)
4.) Postcards addressed to Ellen Plowman (53 postcards)
5.) Postcards addressed to Charles and Ellen Plowman (21 postcards)
6.) Postcards addressed to the Plowman family (3 postcards)
7.) Unaddressed postcards (33 postcards)

The postcards have been arranged chronologically. Undated cards have been placed at the end of the sections. The majority of the postcards are addressed to either 120 MacPherson Avenue (Toronto) or 96 MacPherson Avenue (Toronto), while the remaining 11 postcards are addressed to various hotels, inns, sanatoriums, and homes in Buffalo (NY), Rochester (NY), Long Beach (CA), San Francisco (CA), Petaluma (CA), and San Benito [?] (CA).
The collection includes greeting cards for birthdays, Easter, Christmas, New Years, Halloween, St. Patrick's day, the 4th of July, Valentine's day, Mother's day, and Thanksgiving. The collection also includes popular novelty cards such as photographic portrait postcards or postcards decorated with glitter. Numerous postcards depict buildings and streetscapes, the aftermath of the San Fransisco earthquake of 1906, and advertisements for barbershops, department stores, and hotels.

Plowman Family

L'Arche Audiovisual Collection

  • CA ON00389 C5
  • Fonds
  • 1968 - 2004

Collection consists of audiovisual materials featuring recordings of events given by and used by members of l'Arche International/Internationale. This material includes 1708 audio cassettes, 37 videocassettes, 8 film reels, and 78 audio reels. Much of the material features recordings created at L'Arche retreats internationally, such as the Covenant Retreat, Renewal Retreat, and Faith and Light Retreat. Prominent speakers include Jean Vanier, Henri Nouwen, Joe Egan, Robert Larouche and Sue Mosteller.

The majority of the audio files feature Jean Vanier, usually speaking at retreats. The film reels are recordings made and collected by L'Arche Daybreak, and feature a CBC film on Daybreak (from 1970), pilgramages and trips made by Faith and Light and Daybreak. There is also a film reel of Jean Vanier.

Collection has been arranged into eight series:

  1. Head of House and regional meetings
  2. Covenant retreats
  3. Faith and Sharing
  4. Federation meetings
  5. Assistants' retreats and meetings
  6. L'Arche Renewals
  7. Other events, talks, and speakers
  8. Audio reels and film reels

Collection also includes a binder which functioned as a catalogue for many of the cassettes that were housed at l'Arche Daybreak until 2004 and 2006. This binder is located in series 7.

L'Arche Daybreak (Association)

Father John O'Connor Collection

  • CA ON00389 C2
  • Collection
  • 1884-1952

Collection consists of hand-written and typed manuscripts, correspondence, poems, translations and radio transcripts created by Monsignor John O'Connor. The records were purchases and accumulated by Father Kevin Scannell as part of his G.K. Chesterton research.

Fonds has been arranged into one series:

  1. Papers of Father John O'Connor

O'Connor, John

G.K. Chesterton Archival Collection

  • CA ON00389 C1
  • Collection
  • 1888-1978

The collection consists of manuscripts of many published works, illustrations from Chesterton's time at the Slade School of Art and later, correspondence with family and friends, and albums of press clippings. There are also microfiche copies of the papers of Chesterton's wife Frances (1875-1938), including her plays and poems. Additionally, the collection contains material added by Dorothy Collins after Chesterton's death.
In addition to the Chesterton papers on microfiche the G.K. Chesterton Archival Collection contains 10 original illustrations as well as one of Chesterton's sketchbooks. Most of the sketches date from his period at the Slade School of Art, but there are several from earlier.
The Papers of Monsignor John O'Connor (1870-1952) are also a part of the G.K. Chesterton Archival Collection. Monsignor O'Connor was the Catholic priest who became the model for Chesterton's character "Father Brown". In February 1903 O'Connor wrote to Chesterton, and the following year they formed an immediate bond of friendship which was to last more than thirty years. In 1921 O'Connor was present at Chesterton's reception into the Catholic Church. The papers of Monsignor O'Connor include a number of manuscripts of his poems and essays, Christmas greetings from the Chesterton's, personal letters, and newspaper clippings by and about Chesterton.

Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith)

Letter from The Diocese of Bridgeport

File consists of a letter from Rev. Msgr. Andrew T. Cusack, Vicar for Clergy and Religious, on behalf of the Diocese of Bridgeport (CT) Ministry for Clergy and Religious and a long typed letter from Nouwen.

Catholic Conference of the Archdiocese of Toronto - May 17, 1991

File consists of correspondence from Doreen Cullen, regarding Nouwen's involvement in developing a conference for parish volunteers, for the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto. The letter requests time to sit with Nouwen and discuss ideas. A letter of response from Nouwen's secretary states that Nouwen was unable to respond to this request because he was out of the country.

Ontario Theological Seminary - May 11, 1991

File consists of correspondence with Dr. Ian Rennie, regarding Nouwen being the speaker for the graduation service at the Ontario Theological Seminary, Willowdale, Ontario. There is no indication of Nouwen's topic.

Letters from Jerry (Gerry) Diment

File consists of letters from Gerry (Jerry) Diment of the Shalom Community of Kalmazoo, MI and three typed letters from Nouwen and a short typed note from June E. Hagan, Nouwen's administrative assistant.

7th Annual Canadian Association of Christian Therapists (A.C.T.) Conference "The Abuse and Use of Power" - May 4 -5, 1991

File consists of correspondence, with Kenneth Fung, and other material regarding Nouwen speaking at the 7th Annual Canadian A.C.T. Conference at the Mount Carmen Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Nouwen spoke on "Healing the Wounded Healer." Includes schedule, flyer, and notes from the conference. Also includes a travel itinerary for a trip to New York where Nouwen attended the wedding of Fred Bratman and Robin.

Visit to Freiburg, Germany - April 1, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's trip to Freiburg, Germany. Includes travel itinerary and receipts. The majority of the correspondence is in German.

Letter to Patricia DiFabio

File consists of a short typed letter to Patricia DiFabio, of Pendle Hill, from Mabel Treadwell, on behalf of Nouwen.

Share Grief, Aurora - March 27, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material, with Fr. Don McLean and Michael MacNamara, regarding Nouwen speaking at the Lenten Series of Seminars at Our Lady of Grace Church, Aurora, Ontario. Nouwen spoke on "Why Does Our Faith Cause Us So Much Grief." Includes flyers for Nouwen's talk, flyers for the Lenten series, and notes in Nouwen's hand for his talk.

Letter from Elinore Detiger

File consists of a letter from Elinore Detiger of The Tiger Trust in The Netherlands to Paul A. Nouwen (Nouwen's brother), and a long typed letter from Nouwen, regarding Marilyn Ferguson, and Detiger's search for golden yellow octagonal crystals used by the Incas in healing ceremonies.

Visit by Barb Martens and Bonnie Kinnuen - March 22 - 28, 1991 [textual

File consists of correspondence, with Barb Martens and Bonny Kinnuen, regarding a visit to L'Arche Daybreak. Barb and Bonny were both students at the Wertburg Theological Seminary. Includes letters from both Barb and Bonny expressing their desire to visit Daybreak and a copy of Nouwen's response offering them an opportunity to spend time in the community. Also includes a thank you note from Bonny.

Annual National Prayer Breakfast, Ottawa - March 21, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material, mainly with Jim Edwards, M.P. and Bill Bussiere, regarding Nouwen's participation in the National Prayer Breakfast in Ottawa, Ontario. Nouwen gave the address for the breakfast on the theme "Beloved." Includes invitations, programs, music, travel itinerary, travel costs, a transcript of the event including Nouwen's address, and notes in Nouwen's hand for the address. Correspondence regarding arrangements for the event and thank-you letters from many people are included with a copy of Nouwen's response. A videotape of the event and a photograph of Nouwen with Brian Mulrooney were sent to Nouwen with a letter from Jim Edwards but are not in the file. Also includes a signed program by Brian Mulrooney. Some of the materials are in French.

St. Paul's Church - March 20, 1991

File consists of a letter from Rev. William J. Hockin, regarding Nouwen being the Liturgist on March 20th as part of the Lenten Noonday Series at St. Paul's Church, Toronto, Ontario. The theme of the series was "Finding the Peace."

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