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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections
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Zondervan Publishing House

File consists of business correspondence concerning a request by Zondervan Publishing House for Nouwen to write a response to the book, A Child Shall Lead Them: Lessons About Hope From Children with Cancer. Also included in the file is a copy of Nouwen's response to the book. The file also includes a letter a request for comments for Hope Springs From Mended Places by Dr. Diane Komp, however, there is no indication that Nouwen responded.

Zola, Émile, L’assommoir

Zola, Émile, L’assommoir. Drame en cinq actes et neuf tableaux [adaptation de William Busnach et Octave Gastineau], avec une préface d’Émile Zola et un dessin de Georges Clairin, Paris, G. Charpentier, 1881. Original wrappers. Poor condition

Zola, Émile, Jacques Damour, 2 copies

Zola, Émile, Jacques Damour. Pièce en un acte. Tirée de la nouvelle d’Émile Zola par Léon Hennique, Paris, G. Charpentier et Cie, 1887. Original wrappers – stage copy marked «D». With wet stamp «Le Théâtre Libre». Second copy: 1925.

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

Zola notes

Zola's preparatory notes (photocopy) for his article, "Aux meres heureuses" (Le Figaro, 18 April 1891), from the Le Blond collection.
There is also a transcription of the notes and a letter from Alain Pages to Sanders, dated 13 February 2007, thanking Sanders for sending the text.

Zeige mir den weg: texte fur alle tage von aschermittwoch bis ostern

Item consists of a book written by Nouwen containing excerpts from his previously published writings. The translated title is: Show Me the Way : Readings for Each Day of Lent. The 40-day Lenten path includes readings for Ash Wednesday, the four weeks of Lent, Passion Week, Holy Week, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

Zaken die God raken

File consists of twenty-three editions of the Dutch newsletter, "Zaken die God raken" [Matters that concern God]. These editions date from February/March 1990 to April/May 1994. The publication was released six times per year.

Young, Laurie K.

File consists of one personal, handwritten card from Laurie Young to Sue Mosteller regarding the receipt of Henri Nouwen’s Adam: God’s Beloved and her spiritual journey.

You can go home again

This item is a two page article by Henri Nouwen entitled ‘You can go home again’, published in Salt: for Christians who seek social justice’ by the Claretians, Vol. 12, No. 4, April 1992, pp. 29 – 30. This article is identified as excerpts from Nouwen’s forthcoming book The Return of the Prodigal Son. Nouwen begins the article by describing his first encounter with Rembrandt’s painting and his powerful response to it coming as it was at a vulnerable time for Nouwen. Nouwen then goes on to write of the biblical story from which the painting and Nouwen’s writing is coming. Nouwen relates the story of the younger son and Nouwen’s own sense of finding himself in the story. ‘Over and over again I have left home. I have fled the hands of blessing and run off to faraway places searching for love! This is the great tragedy of my life and of the lives of so many I meet on my journey’. Nouwen concludes, ‘ Here the mystery of my life is unveiled. I am loved so much that I am left free to leave home. But the Father is always looking for me with outstretched arms to receive me back…’

York Central Hospital - May 9, 1991

File consists of correspondence with Gordon Schmidt, regarding Nouwen speaking to the Unit Chaplains at York Central Hospital, Richmond Hill, Ontario. Nouwen spoke on his own experience with pastoral care when he was a patient at the Hospital.

York Central Hospital - June 3, 1992

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's address to clergy and medical personnel at York Central Hospital. The theme of the address was "Caring for the Whole Person: the Relationship between Spirituality and Medical Care." Includes outline entitled "Care for the Whole Person," notes in Nouwen's hand entitled "Spirituality of the Caregiver," and a news clipping on the death of Tony Perkins. Also includes a handwritten manuscript in Dutch by Nouwen and a draft history of L'Arche in German, not by Nouwen.

Yonge Street Mission - May 25, 1994

File consists of correspondence regarding Nouwen speaking at the Yonge Street Mission "Staff Day Away." The theme of Nouwen's talk was "Spiritual Formation." The talk took place at St. George the Martyr Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario.

Yong Hong, Byong

File consists of correspondence between Sue Mosteller and Byong Yong Hong, Director of Korea InterVarsity Press regarding the possibility of publishing additional Nouwen works in Korean and permissions for reprinting articles by Nouwen.

Yale University benefits

File consists of a booklet entitled "Your Personal Statements of Benefits" from Yale University for Nouwen.

Yale Divinity School - Keynote Address - March 30, 31, 1995

File consists of correspondence, from Margaret Farley, and other material regarding Nouwen's participation as the keynote speaker for a symposium on "Mental Retardation: Ethical, Theological, and Pastoral Issues" at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut. The symposium was sponsored by the Yale Divinity School in conjunction with the 1995 World Special Olympics. Nouwen's address was entitled "The Witness of Persons with Mental Retardation." Nouwen was accompanied to the event by Joe Vorstermans and Bill Van Buren. Includes list of speakers, schedule, name tag, meal tickets and campus and building maps.

Wyger, A. Jansen

File consists of personal correspondence from Antoinette Jansen Wyger to Henri Nouwen, Sue Mosteller and Kathy Christie. Included are copies of some of Mosteller’s responses and a letter from Jansen to Steve Ellis of Daybreak Publications.

Writings on Ireland

File consists of a spiral-bound notebook with handwritten prose by Henri Nouwen, possibly in part or whole draft of articles on Ireland.

Writing workshop - England, February 1992

File consists of material from a writing workshop in England given by Bart Gavigan in 1992. This material includes a brochure for "An Advanced Screenplay Writing Workshop with Bart Gavigan" by the South Park Community Trust, February 19-22, 1992; a photocopy of notes (not by Nouwen) of the workshop; and Nouwen's handwritten notes.

Writing Requests

File consists of requests by correspondents asking to reproduce or use Nouwen's work, or provide endorsements. They have been numbered and include:

  1. James Hoover on behalf of InterVarsity Press (Downers Grove, IL). January 21, 1985, requesting a blurb for a book by Eugene H. Peterson.
  2. W. Dayton Roberts on behalf of World Vision International (Monrovia, CA), regarding publishing excerpts from Nouwen's prologue to Gustavo Gutierrez's "We Drink from our own Wells". November 16, 1984.
  3. Beck Laird, on behalf of Harper & Row Publishers (San Francisco CA) requesting a blurb for Wes Granberg-Michaelson’s “A Worldly Spirituality”. August 14, 1984.
  4. Jacqueline McMakin on behalf of Partners Community (Washington, DC) requesting a blurb for her book "Doorways to Christian Growth" . February 25, 1984.

Writing in England - July 31 - August 30, 1992

File consists of Nouwen's handwritten notes entitled "What is at risk?" regarding possible book on the circus (trapeze). Includes travel itinerary for the month of August, a news clipping in Dutch, and a letter from Morag Reeve, editor, requesting to meet with Nouwen while he is in London, England.

Woven dove

Item consists of one framed woven piece depicting a dove. The bird is white, with navy blue tipped wings, and is on a light blue background. The back of the frame has handwritten quotes from: Luke 12:24, Isaiah 40:31, Tagore, and Victor Hugo, as well as a note from Tracy Fein, dated January 26, 1984, explaining her thoughts about the bird.

Worship schedule

File consists of a facsimile from Kathy Christie to Bruce Rowat with Nouwen's schedule for Holy Week, faxes between Christie and Rowat regarding Nouwen's schedule, and copies of Nouwen's spring and fall worship schedules for 1993, as well as a letter from Henri Nouwen and the pastoral team regarding Advent 1993 worship.

World thanksgiving file

File consists of a letter from Peter Stewart regarding Nouwen reviewing and commenting upon the attached “Declaration for Thanksgiving”.

Works by Nouwen

Subseries consists of various works by Nouwen received after his death including typescripts, drafts, working papers, articles, and books. Some items were published posthumously by his estate.

Works about Nouwen

Subseries consists of material written and presented about Nouwen's life and works. This material includes newspaper articles, interviews of Nouwen, essays, and books. While some of this material was written before Nouwen's death, the majority of the material is dated after his death in 1996.

Working for peace: saying 'yes' to life and 'no' to death

This item is a 2 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘Working for Peace’ published in The Lutheran, Vol. 24, No. 5, March 5, 1986, pp. 10- 11. This item is identified as Part III of a 3 part series and taken from the New Oxford Review. Nouwen begins by saying, ‘As peacemakers we must have the courage to see the powers of death at work even in our innermost selves…’. Nouwen writes of his own struggle to accept himself as loved and forgiven by God and the difficulty that creates for him to grow as a peacemaker. Nouwen describes the forces of self-rejection as forces of death. He then states that ‘a loving heart that continues to affirm life at all times and places can say ‘no’ to death without being corrupted by it. Nouwen then goes on to write of the importance of resisting the forces of death in our society in whatever way seems right. Nouwen concludes ‘ Prayer and resistance, the two pillars of Christian peacemaking, are two interlocking ways of giving expression to the peace we have found in the dwelling place of God’.

Working for peace: saying "no" to death requires saying "yes" to life

This item is a 3 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled ‘Working for Peace’ published in The Church Herald of the Reformed Church in America, Vol. XLIII, No. 18, October 18, 1986, pp. 11 – 13. This is identified as the second of two articles on Peacemaking. Nouwen opens the article by stating, ‘ As peacemakers we must have the courage to see the powers of death at work even in our innermost selves…’Nouwen speaks of that within us which does not accept ourselves and that this is ‘one of the greatest enemies of the peacemaker’. Nouwen speaks of the central message of the Gospel which is that we are forgiven and this truth can help us overcome our fear of ourselves and of others. Nouwen writes of the need to resist, resist the forces of death and to affirm life. He speaks of the need for joy even in the face of pain. Nouwen concludes by saying, ‘Prayer cannot be fruitful unless it brings us into a new and creative relationship with people. Resistance cannot be fruitful unless it deepens and strengthens our relationship with God. Prayer and Resistance, the two pillars of Christian peacemaking…’This item is a 3 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled ‘Working for Peace’ published in The Church Herald of the Reformed Church in America, Vol. XLIII, No. 18, October 18, 1986, pp. 11 – 13. This is identified as the second of two articles on Peacemaking. Nouwen opens the article by stating, ‘ As peacemakers we must have the courage to see the powers of death at work even in our innermost selves…’Nouwen speaks of that within us which does not accept ourselves and that this is ‘one of the greatest enemies of the peacemaker’. Nouwen speaks of the central message of the Gospel which is that we are forgiven and this truth can help us overcome our fear of ourselves and of others. Nouwen writes of the need to resist, resist the forces of death and to affirm life. He speaks of the need for joy even in the face of pain. Nouwen concludes by saying, ‘Prayer cannot be fruitful unless it brings us into a new and creative relationship with people. Resistance cannot be fruitful unless it deepens and strengthens our relationship with God. Prayer and Resistance, the two pillars of Christian peacemaking…’

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.

Words from Henri Nouwen

File consists of an article of excerpts from Nouwen's writings that was published in Shepherds of Christ Newsletters Volume 2. (Madison, IN and El Paso, TX: Shepherds of Christ Publications, 2002), 108 - 109.

Word Book Publishers

File consists of business correspondence concerning the publication of books, Nouwen's visit to Waco (TX), and the possibility of giving the 1987 Bond Lecture in Waco.

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