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

Series consists of files relating to special projects carried out by the members and staff of the New Catholic Times, including the development of a mission statement in 1993, a readership survey, the reorganization of the corporation's structure in 1989, and a proposal for purchasing street boxes from which to sell the newspaper. Series is arranged chronologically. A list of files is available.

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.

Thesis

Series consists of a draft of Teresa V. O'Neill's thesis and correspondence related to the thesis.

Teaching materials

  • CA ON00389 F4-7
  • Series
  • 1966 - 1985, 1994; predominant 1971 - 1981
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Series consists of materials created by Nouwen for use in his capacity as a professor and instructor. These materials include notes for lectures, reading notes, class lists, handouts for students, class schedules, course evaluations, audio recordings of lectures, and records related to the administration of courses.

Series has been divided into two sub-series:

1.7.1. Course handouts, lecture, reading and students notes (1966 - 1994, predominant 1972 - 1981). This sub-series also includes 14 audio recordings of Nouwen's lectures and 357 art slides which he used in his lectures on Van Gogh.
1.7.2. Administrative records (1966 - 1994, predominant 1983-1985)

Further details can be found on the sub-series description level.

Teaching material

Series consists of four-sub series containing materials created and generated by Watson during her career as a school teacher and as a university professor, including correspondence, course prospectus', student papers and exams, and lecture notes. This series also includes the material of Ph.D. candidates who were supervised by Watson after her retirement in August 1975.
Sub-series include:

  1. Elementary and secondary school teaching material
  2. University of British Columbia teaching material
  3. University of Toronto teaching material
  4. University of Alberta teaching material
  5. Post-retirement teaching material

Subject files

Series consists of newspaper clippings and photocopies of articles, press releases, newsletters, reports, one photograph, and other materials from organizations of interest or pertaining to issues of concern to New Catholic Times members and staff.

Student material

Series consists of four files containing materials created by Watson during her career as a student at the University of British Columbia and as a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto. This includes administrative documents, official correspondence, and front matter related to her Ph.D. thesis , "Wyndham Lewis and Expressionism: Icon Recognition: Configurations in the Flux". No documentation survives of Watson's primary or secondary school education, nor her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of British Columbia, including her M.A. thesis on Addison and Steele.

File list includes:

  • 2006 01 705 Statement of marks from the University of British Columbia, 1950
  • 2006 01 706 Correspondence and official documentation regarding doctoral studies at the University of Toronto, 1957 -1965
  • 2006 01 707 Correspondence regarding Ph.D. thesis, 1956, 1965 - 1966
  • 2006 01 708 Photographic negatives, bibliography and list of illustrations for Ph.D. thesis, 1965

Sound recordings of Retreats

The series consists of sound recordings of Faith and Sharing retreats throughout North America between 1971 and 1993. The majority of the recordings feature retreat talks given by Jean Vanier, but contributions made by other Faith and Sharing members appear throughout.

Sound recordings

Series consists of audio cassettes of Nouwen giving lectures at universities, speaking at churches, conferences and other engagements, parts of and complete books on tape and recordings from radio shows and interviews. Some of the material was professionally produced and some are amateur recordings.

Sound Recordings series

Series consists of eleven audio cassettes of lectures and retreats given by Nouwen from 1985 to 1994. Specifically, there are two audio cassettes from a ALT Brugge Retreat on the topics of Prayer and Reconciliation. There are two audio cassettes which contain a Mass given by Nouwen on Compassion. There is one audio cassette titled "La Visitation" and another titled "Francais – Homelie – Houietie". There are also five audio cassettes of Nouwen leading a seminar on the Gospel of St. John while he was at L'Arche Trosly-Breuil.

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.

Session reports and presentations

Series consists of documents and reports presented to the members of the Papal Commission during the 1966 meeting of the commission. The 1966 meeting was divided into eight sessions:

1.) A – Session Theologique I (April 13 – 28, 1966),
2.) B – Session Theologique – Medicale (May 2-6, 1966),
3.) C – Session Demographique I (May 4 -7, 1966)
4.) D - Session Pastorale (+rhythme) (May 9-14, 1966)
5.) E - Session Theologique II (May 23 – 28, 1966)
6.) F - Session Demographique II (June 1-4, 1966)
7.) G - Session Pleniere (June 5-8, 1966)
8.) Session des Membres: cardinaux, eveques et prêtres (June 20-25, 1966).

Also included are documents and reports created and presented by the members of the Papal Commission.

Files within the series are organized based on session and presentation order within the session.

Secondary resources collected by Madeleine Séguin, Secretary of the North American Committee, related to Jean Vanier

The series consists of monographs (in the form of letters) written by Jean Vanier regarding his work with L' Arche 1972-1979, correspondence regarding the financing of Faith and Sharing retreats 1972, and articles and newspaper clippings from Canadian newspapers on Jean Vanier and his work with the Faith and Sharing Federation 1972-1974.

Séguin, Madeleine

Research and reference materials

Series consists of materials created and accumulated by Watson in the course of her research for various creative and academic activities, as well as material preserved by Watson for her own personal reference. This includes 3 sub-series:

  1. Reading notebooks
  2. Reading, research and reference notes
  3. Collected material

Research and reference material

Series consists of notes, reports, essays, pamphlets, articles and clippings created and accumulated by the Potvins in the course of their research surrounding birth control and the Papal Commission on Birth Control. Some material was mailed to the Potvins by birth control and contraception specialists. It is unknown if the material was sent to all members of the Commission, if these reports were requested by the Potvins in preparation for their participating in the Commission, or if the material was collected for their general research.

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.

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.

Publishing records and business correspondence

Series consists of correspondence, legal agreements, royalty statements, permission requests and other materials related to Watson's insolvent in publishing her own works of literature, solicitations from publishers to submit work, requests to adapt her work for film, theatre and radio, as well as her support and patronage of other publishing efforts. The series has been arranged alphabetically by publisher name or by primary correspondent. More general correspondence from publishers and periodicals regarding book purchases and subscription renewals can be found in the Financial and legal materials series.

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.

Published works

Series consists of published works written and collected by Nouwen during his lifetime. Although there are some of his earliest writings dating from 1956, the series is predominantly dating from 1970 to 1996.

The series has been arranged in the following ten sub-series taking into account the author(s), subject(s), and format of the records:

1.9.1. Articles by Nouwen
1.9.2. Articles co-authored by Nouwen
1.9.3. Interviews of and articles about Nouwen
1.9.4. Book reviews
1.9.5. Scrapbook 1956-1965
1.9.6. Scrapbook 1965-1982
1.9.7. Books by Nouwen
1.9.8. Books contributed to by Nouwen
1.9.9. Books about Nouwen
1.9.10. Guides

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

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").

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.

Professional activities materials

Series consists of correspondence, research materials and drafts related to Watson's role as an editor, contributor and consultant to the works of other publications, cultural bodies and creative efforts, all functions resulting from her professional role as an author and educator. The series is divided into 3 sub-series:

  1. Editorial, collaborative and contributive materials.
  2. Canada Council papers.
  3. Public readings, interviews and conference material.

Photographs series

Series consists of one audio compact disc dated April 19, 2008. The CD contains photos taken of L'Arche, including photos of Jean Vanier, Henri Nouwen, Barbara Swanecamp, L'Arche Trosly Breuil, Père Thomas, Pope John Paul II, core members, and assistants. CD was created for the memorial service of Barbara Swanecamp.

Photographs

Series consists of colour and black and white photographs (including negatives) accumulated by Nouwen, and colour slides taken by him and others. Photographs not taken by Nouwen were gathered mainly from friends and acquaintances through correspondence, over a period of approximately 30 years. The photographs were stored by Nouwen and his administrative assistant(s) in files, or displayed on one of several large bulletin boards Nouwen used in his office and photograph albums compiled. Some photographs that arrived with correspondence were kept in the General Files series with their letter of origin, while others which were not clearly attached to a letter were separated and added to this series.

Subject matter depicted in the photographs include professional portraits of Nouwen; Nouwen in both his professional and private capacities at: the Yale and Harvard Divinity Schools, and at L'Arche Daybreak (leading church services, at birthdays and Christmas celebrations), religious events (baptisms, first communions, ordinations and weddings); as well as his travels to Peru and Bolivia, the United States, France, and other countries; and with his family in the Netherlands both as a child and as an adult. Photographs also depict Nouwen's friends, their families, and L'Arche Daybreak assistants and core members. In addition, a large number of photographs in this series (approximately one fifth), document Nouwen's time spent in Germany with a flying trapeze troupe, The Flying Rodleighs.

Slides were taken by Nouwen of Martin Luther King, Jr’s civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, AL, in March 1965; of the University of Notre Dame; vacations, including a trip to Greece; and of Nouwen with Rodleigh Stevens of The Flying Rodleighs in 1995.

This series is arranged in three sub-series:

1.15.1. Photographs Accumulated by Henri Nouwen
1.15.2. Early Personal Photographs
1.15.3. Photograph Albums

The series include both file- and item-level descriptions. Photographs and slides are arranged in chronological order where possible.

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.

Personal records, artwork and artifacts

Series consists of 21 files of address books, diplomas, medals, awards and honorary degrees; artwork and drawings by herself and others; rosaries and other items and objects belonging to Sheila Watson.

File list includes:

Box 61

  • 2006 01 952 Baptismal Certificate, 1909
  • 2006 01 953 Address book [after 1957]
  • 2006 01 954 Address book [between 1958 and 1961]
  • 2006 01 955 Address book [after 1978]
  • 2006 01 956 Address book [June 1961]
  • 2006 01 957 Address book [after 1962]
  • 2006 01 958 Address book [ca. 1979]
  • 2006 01 959 Address book [between 1978 and 1979]
  • 2006 01 960 Address book [ca. April 16, 1979]
  • 2006 01 961 Address book [ca. 1981]
  • 2006 01 962 Address book [after 1981]
  • 2006 01 963 Address book [between 1985 and 1993]

Box 62

  • 2006 01 964 Material regarding 1965 University of Toronto convocation, 1965
  • 2006 01 965 Documents and award regarding Canada Silver Jubilee Medal, 1977
  • 2006 01 966 Lorne Pierce Medal from the Royal Society of Canada, May 29, 1984
  • 2006 01 967 Correspondence and certificate from the Federation of British Columbia Writers, 1987
  • 2006 01 968 Honourary Degree, University of St. Michael's College, 1995
  • 2006 01 969 Doherty and Martin family records
  • 2006 01 970 Drawings and paintings by Sheila Watson [after 1948]
  • 2006 01 971 Drawings and paintings by other artists belonging to Watson
  • 2006 01 972 Personal effects and belongings [after 1941]

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.

Personal photographs

Series consists of Watson's personal photograph collection, including: photographs from the late nineteenth century belonging to her parents, Mr. C.E. Doherty and Mrs. Elweena Doherty; photographs, (some of which have been scanned), of Watson as an infant and child, along with her siblings and parents; pictures taken by Watson while teaching in Dog Creek, British Columbia, and while at the University of California, Berkeley taking a summer course; pictures taken by the Watsons while on vacation in Nanton, Alberta; pictures taken during the couple's year living in Paris, France; pictures of domestic activities and socializing while Watson was living in or visiting Edmonton, Alta., Toronto, ON, London, England and Vancouver, B.C.; photographs of Watson's nieces and nephews, and the children of her friends, particularly Barbara J. Mitchell, the sons of Diane and Frank Bessai and her godson Peter Bruckmann; and photographs of her pets. Also includes a number of professional portraits of both herself and her husband Wilfred.

A complete item list of the series can be found in Appendix of the finding guide.

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.

Personal Memorabilia

Series consists of personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and other memorabilia that Patrick O'Neill collected during his political career and in his personal life, including relics of St. Anthony and St. Oliver Plunket contained within a leather pouch.

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.

Other events, talks, and speakers

Series consists of 838 audio cassettes and 15 videocassettes made during events or talks other than those designated by other series. Series also includes cassettes with talks by speakers at L'Arche events which are unidentified. These cassettes have been organized, when possible, by event or type of event, or by speaker (when only one speakers is present). There are also several cassettes of music that were likely used during retreats or events, as well as several commercial tapes of music and talks, that were collected by L'Arche Daybreak and kept for use by L'Arche members. <p>Series also includes the Tape Reference binder with a catalogue of cassettes that were kept at l'Arche Daybreak (box 56).

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.

Nouwen's education records and study notes

Series consists of research notes, papers and essays, and reading notes created by Nouwen throughout his own education. Series includes records related to Nouwen's advanced degrees in Psychology and Theology, including research for dissertations.

Nouwen graduated from St. Aloysius College Gymnasium on June 12, 1950. He studied at the minor seminary at Apeldoorn from 1950-1951 before entering the Diocesan Seminary at Rijsenburg, Holland in 1951. He studied Philosophy and Theology while in the seminary from 1951-1957, and was ordained on July 21, 1957. Nouwen studied Psychology at the University of Nijmegen from 1957-1964. He spent two years at the Menninger Clinic as a Fellow in Religion and Psychiatry from 1964-1966. From 1970-1971, Nouwen returned to the University of Nijmegen to pursue a doctoral degree in Theology.

Series has been arranged into the following seven sub-series:
1.8.1. Gymnasium records
1.8.2. Seminary records
1.8.3. Psychology degree records
1.8.4. Menninger Clinic records
1.8.5. Pre-Theology degree 1966 records
1.8.6. Theology degree records
1.8.7. School certificates

Meeting minutes and reports

Series consists of agendas, minutes, reports (including budgets and other financial statements), proposals, and other materials prepared for meetings of committees and groups within the New Catholic Times. Series is divided into the following sub-series: 1. Membership and Board of Directors' meetings 2. Publishing Group meetings 3. Staff meetings.

Manuscripts and drafts

Series consists of Watson's written material, including early drafts, manuscripts, typescripts, page proofs, metatext and relevant correspondence with editors, including the following sub-series:

  1. Novels
  2. Short stories
  3. Poetry
  4. Non-fiction

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.

Manuscripts

Series consists of draft manuscripts and typescripts of more than 150 books and articles, forewords and introductions, sermons, and talks by Henri Nouwen. The date range of the materials is from 1956 to 1996. The series contains drafts of 49 of his articles and drafts of 41 books (Nouwen published over 300 articles and 39 books in his lifetime). In addition to handwritten drafts or typescripts some files may also include loose notes (usually background reading notes), galley and print proofs, administrative papers, correspondence regarding the materials, and photographs and artwork used in the process of publication.

The materials in the Series reflect Nouwen’s general writing process: for the most part he hand-wrote his works on foolscap or in hard-back journals, often he created reading notes pertaining to the subject he was writing on, drafts were typed by an administrative assistant and then circulated to friends and other readers for comment. He saved all of the drafts, often incorporating the notes made by himself and other readers, in order to create one final work.

Common themes present in the drafts include: spirituality, love, God, psychology, theology, relationships, prayer, ministry, and Christian life. Nouwen often reflected on his own spiritual journey and experiences in his works in journal form. This writing was often deeply personal and it is for this reason that some of the manuscripts and drafts are restricted from use, including Man at the Watershed, A Spiritual Journey, Taken, Blessed, Broken, Given (parts of which were published in Life of the Beloved), The Inner Voice of Love, Adam, and Sabbatical Journey.

With exception of the sermons, most material has been published. Eight transcripts have been identified as unpublished, including a book on Anton T. Boisen based on Nouwen’s doctoral thesis, a draft of a work about Nouwen’s friend Richard Alan White, and notes for a book Nouwen began in 1991 regarding the trapeze and the spiritual life as well as some of the restricted material listed above. See file descriptions for more information on each work.

The series has been arranged into two sub-series:

    1. Books and articles
    1. Talks and sermons

Each of these sub-series has sub-sub-series, files, and items. They have been arranged chronologically.

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".

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