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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Henri Nouwen fonds
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Page 1 of Album 14

File consists of page 1 of Album 14. There are two photographs on the page [P8460, P8461]. Taken on February 3, 1964, Henri, Laurent J.M. and Maria Nouwen are seen sitting and standing during Henri's psychology doctoral exam at the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen. Included in the pictures are Professor Han Fortmann, Professor Prick, a crowd of unidentified students and family, including Toon Ramselaar, watching the proceedings. The annotation on the page reads: "Doctoral examen - psychologie. 3 Febr. 1964. Staande: Professor Fortmann. Zittende: Professor Prick."

Page 1 of Album 3

File consists of page 1 of Album 3. There are five photographs on the page [P6400, P6401, P6402, P6403, P6404, P6405]. Henri Nouwen is seen with friends, including Trudi Habes, Dick and Doak van Dalen and Seward and Helen Hiltner at a celebration in his honour in November 1970; and away on retreat with Newman Chaplains in June, 1972 in Dayton, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.

The annotations on the back of the photos read:

P6400 (unknown hand): Left to right Trudi Habes, Harri, (hidden) - Dave, Dick van Dalen, Doak van Dalen (back to camera) Nov 1970

P6401 (unknown hand): November 26, 1970 - The Cake H.[S?]. Harri Nouwen

P6402 (unknown hand): Trudi Habes, Seward, Harri November 70

P6403: Nov. 26, 1970 Seward, Helen, Harri

P6404 (Nouwen): Retraite [dajvan?] Newman chaplains bij Dayton Ohio

P6405 (Nouwen): Detroit Retreat for Newman Champlains Sacred Heart Seminary June 1972

Page 1 of Album 11

File consists of page 1 of Album 11. There are six photographs on the page [P7776, P7777, P7778, P7779, P7780, P7781]. Taken in Greece, Henri Nouwen is seen with friend visiting various ruins, including the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the Erechtheum in Athens.

Photographs of Selma-Montgomery march and personal photographs of Nouwen's

File consists of seventy-four slides of Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights march (attended by Nouwen), which began in Selma, AL, on March 21, 1965, and arrived in Montgomery, AL, on March 25, 1965. File also contains seven slides taken by or featuring Nouwen, including one slide featuring Nouwen in military uniform, one slide of the original Menninger Clinic, one slide taken by Nouwen during a trip, and four slides from a University of Notre Dame football game.

Books and articles

Sub-series consists of draft manuscripts and typescripts of many of Nouwen's published and unpublished books and articles, including forewords, introductions and afterwords for other authors' books. The sub-series represents Nouwen's writing process, from miscellaneous notes and journal entries to galley and print proofs. Some articles contain subject matter later published in Nouwen's full-length books; links between them have been made where appropriate. The sub-series has been divided into sub-sub-series for each of Nouwen's book-length projects, as well as files.
The sub-sub-series are as follows:

  1. Book on Anton T. Boisen
  2. Intimacy
  3. With Open Hands
  4. Aging
  5. Out of Solitude
  6. Reaching Out
  7. Genesee Diary
  8. Man at the Watershed
  9. Clowning in Rome
  10. In Memoriam
  11. A Cry for Mercy
  12. Downward Mobility
  13. A Letter of Consolation
  14. Compassion
  15. Gracias! A Latin American Journal
  16. A Spirituality of Peacemaking
  17. Love in a Fearful Land: A Guatemalan Story
  18. Lifesigns
  19. Behold the Beauty of the Lord
  20. Letters to Marc about Jesus
  21. The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey
  22. Heart Speaks to Heart
  23. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership
  24. Theology as Doxology
  25. L'Arche and the World
  26. A Spiritual Journey
  27. Mary, Mother of the Priests
  28. Taken, Blessed, Broken, Given
  29. The Life of the Beloved
  30. Show Me the Way: Readings for Each Day of Lent
  31. The Return of the Prodigal Son
  32. Circus Diary
  33. Ukrainian Diary: July 24-August 14, 1993
  34. Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Giving
  35. With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life
  36. The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey through Anguish to Freedom
  37. Can You Drink the Cup?
  38. Ministry and Spirituality: Three Books in One
  39. Adam: God's Beloved
  40. Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith
  41. Sabbatical Journey: The Final Year
  42. Articles

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.

Page 1 of Album 10

File consists of page 1 of Album 10. There are seven photographs on the page [P7547, P7548, P7549, P7551, P7552, P7553]. Henri Nouwen is seen conducting Easter Sunday Mass, wearing clerical robes and a stole, outdoors as a crowd looks on. Friends, including Mich Zeman with his son Ben [P7547], James Watfor [P7547] (3rd from left), Joseph Nunez [P7547] (black beard), Carol Plantinga [P7548] (back to camera in plaid) and Virginia E. Van Dooren [P7551] (middle of photo with short, blonde, curly hair) are seen watching and participating in the service.

Page 1 of Album 5

File consists of page 1 of Album 5. There are two photographs on the page [P6578, P6579]. Taken in Scheveningen, the Netherlands during the late 1940s the photos include Laurent, Henri, Maria, Laurien and Paul Nouwen outside of their home in Schevenigen at Nieuwe Duinweg 20; and Laurent, Maria and Laurien Nouwen at the beach.

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.

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.

Course lectures, handouts, reading, and student notes

Sub-series consists of bound volumes of materials and loose documents created and used by Nouwen for his teaching positions various academic institutions in both North America and Europe. This includes reading notes, preparation notes, lecture notes, typed lecture summaries, course handouts and syllabi, many of which are heavily annotated by Nouwen. It also includes lectures, letters, notes, assignments and course evaluations produced by Nouwen's students and teaching assistants. In addition to the course-specific bound volumes, there are two bound volumes that are labelled as "miscellaneous class material" that relate to Nouwen's early career from 1959 to 1976. This sub-series has been divided into 22 sub-sub series based on the course titles and subjects which Nouwen taught between 1961 and 1994, except for one sub-sub series involving the two-volume set of collected class materials mentioned above.
The sub-sub series are:

  1. Developmental Psychology
  2. Psychology of Personality
  3. Abnormal Psychology
  4. Psychology of Religion
  5. Pastoral Care
  6. Christian Spirituality
  7. Ministry to the Elderly
  8. Hospitality
  9. Discipline and Discipleship
  10. Prison Ministry
  11. Collected Class Materials
  12. The Life and Works of Thomas Merton
  13. Ministry and Spirituality
  14. Ministry in Non-Religious Institutions
  15. The Ministry of Vincent Van Gogh
  16. Compassion
  17. Education and Community
  18. Hesychasm
  19. Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry
  20. Spiritual Direction / Spiritual Life and Spiritual Direction
  21. Introduction to the Spiritual Life
  22. Early Dutch course material

Page 10 of Album 14

File consists of page 10 of Album 14. There are four photographs on the page [P8492, P8493, P8494, P8495]. Taken on February 3, 1964 at the Hooge Hoenderberg, Henri Nouwen's friends are seen giving a speech, at a party in celebration of him completing his psychology doctoral exam, as others, including Professor Han Fortmann [P8492] and Laurien Nouwen [P8493], look on smiling.

Page 10 of Album 5

File consists of page 10 of Album 5. There are four photographs on the page [P6638, P6639, P6640, P6641]. In the photos Laurien, Maria and Laurent Nouwen pose for a photo outside and Laurent J.M. Nouwen sits on a horse outside of the [Nouwen home?] while Lillenor Habvard looks on, in September 1948. Also included is a 1948 photo of Ferry [last name unknown] in a field with a view of the church at the minor seminary in Apeldoorn and a May 1947 photo of a crowd, including Harry and Truus Derkx (nee Ramselaar), sending off a boat. The annotations on the page read: "Ferry in Apeldoorn 1948" and "Mai 1947 Truus an Harry naar Curacao".

Page 10 of Album 10

File consists of page 10 of Album 10. There are nine photographs on the page [P7621, P7622, P7623, P7624, P7625, P7626, P7627, P7628, P7629]. Several of Henri Nouwen's friends, including Daphne Cox [P7622], Mich Zeman [P7623], Joseph Nunez [P7625], Bob Werner [P7627], [Michael Harank?] [P7628] and Yushi Nomura [P7629], are seen together and alone.

Photographs of Holland

File consists of 47 slides featuring photographs taken in the Netherlands. These photographs were possibly taken in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Some photographs feature the canal that runs through Amsterdam. There are photographs of buildings in a city as well as in a more country setting, as well of some photographs of windmills. There are also several photographs of paintings, perhaps done by Rembrandt van Rijn (P3964-P3966).

Page 10 of Album 3

File consists of page 10 of Album 3. There is one photograph on the page [P6432]. Taken by Ron van den Bosch, the photo shows Henri Nouwen standing on a street in Utrecht. His eyes are closed and the Dom Tower is visible in the background.

Page 10 of Album 11

File consists of page 10 of Album 11. There are four photographs on the page [P7818, P7819, P7820, P7821]. Taken while on a trip to Greece and Israel, Henri Nouwen and his travelling companions are seen outdoors at unidentified locations. Also included are two photos of church interiors.

Portraits of Nouwen in California

File consists of five photographs, taken by professional photographer Kevin Dwyer, of Nouwen, wearing a white sweater and black scarf, in California.

Chicago Sunday Evening Club - September 29, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material from David Hardin, regarding Nouwen's appearance on the Chicago Sunday Evening Club. Includes letters between Connie and Hardin making the arrangements for Nouwen's trip to Chicago. Includes Chicago Sunday Evening Club Annual Report 1989-90, newsletters, travel itinerary, airline tickets, and a speaker's information brochure. Includes a photograph of Don O'Neill who picked Nouwen up from the airport. Also includes a letter from Nouwen reflecting on his performance. A videocassette of his performance was sent to Nouwen by Hardin.

Consultation on Parish Ministry Conference - January 6 - 10, 1992

File consists of correspondence, mainly with Allan Johnson, and other material regarding Nouwen's presentations at the Consultation on Parish Ministry in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the event was "The Spiritual Life of the Pastor." Also includes correspondence with Brett Webb-Mitchell discussing his work with children with disabilities and his desire to meet with Nouwen in Orlando, annotations on the letter of response confirm the meeting. Includes two pieces of writing from Webb-Mitchell "The Religious Imagination of Children with Disabilities" and "Welcome Unexpected Guests to the Banquet." Also includes travel itinerary, airline tickets for Nouwen and three other members of Daybreak, conference Guidebook and Workshop book, and a number of letters, cards, and photographs for Nouwen regarding the event.

Photographs of Nouwen in trailer

File consists of three photographs, taken by professional photographer Ron van den Bosch, of Nouwen, wearing a blue collared shirt, seated in Rodleigh Steven's trailer likely during a visit with the Barum Circus in Germany.

Letters from Foster Parents Plan

File consists of letters Foster Parents Plan regarding Nouwen's sponsorship of a young boy, Hugo Corini, from Bolivia, including short notes from Hugo's uncle on behalf of Hugo (translated by the agency).

Photographs of Nouwen and others during Easter

File consists of seven photographs of Nouwen, wearing clerical robes, and other L'Arche Daybreak community members during the Profession of Faith and Confirmation Easter service; among them include Sr. Sue Mosteller, Natasha Stevens, Wendy Lywood and Carl MacMillan.

Greenbelt Art Festival - August 28-29, 1992

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's participation at the 1992 Greenbelt Arts Festival in Northampton, England. Nouwen gave three seminars entitled "Being the Beloved," "The Life of the Beloved," and "The Discipline of the Beloved.' Includes Greenbelt Art Festival programs and daily event guide from 1991 and 1992. Includes a brochure, information sheets, forms, maps, and directions. Also includes newspaper article about Nouwen at the festival and a photograph of Nouwen bowing his head in prayer as he prepared for his talk.

Photographs of unknown location

File consists of 44 slides featuring photographs taken in an unknown location, perhaps somewhere in the Caribbean, such as Haiti. There are palm trees visible in some photographs, and other trees. There are several photographs of small children, as well as some that appear to be taken inside a school (P4030-P4031). There are images of huts and people standing near to these huts. There are also some photographs of white priests in white robes, perhaps at a Mission building. Several photographs feature the outside of a white cement-block church. There are other white adults in photographs, perhaps other Mission workers. Some photographs were taken in a city, some featuring a marketplace, and some featuring city streets and a wall along a bay. An older man and woman are in some of the photographs in different locations, but they are unidentified.

Page 11 of Album 14

File consists of page 11 of Album 14. There are four photographs on the page [P8496, P8497, P8498, P8499]. Taken on February 3, 1964 at the Hooge Hoenderberg, Henri Nouwen's friends are seen seen giving a speech, conversing, drinking and watching the band, the Boy Raaymakers, play at a party in celebration of him completing his psychology doctoral exam. The annotation on the page reads: "Boy Raaymakers en zijn combo".

Page 11 of Album 10

File consists of page 11 of Album 10. There are eight photographs on the page [P7630, P7631, P7632, P7633, P7634, P7635, P7636, P7637]. Taken after a graduation ceremony, unidentified graduates of the Yale Divinity School are seen outside, celebrating in black and red caps and gowns. Also included are shots of a crowd, including Registrar Detra MacDougall [P7635] (holding envelope), cheering on the graduates.

Page 11 of Album 5

File consists of page 11 of Album 5. There are five photographs on the page [P6642, P6643, P6644, P6645, P6646]. Predominantly taken in 1951, three of the photos consist of group shots of Henri Nouwen with his classmates and instructors, including Toon Ramselaar [P6643, 1st row, 4th from left], at the minor seminary in Apeldoorn where Ramselaar was president. Also included is a photo of the Nouwen's family home in Scheveningen, the Netherlands and a 1932 photo of Sara M. Ramselaar holding him as a baby. The annotations on the page read: "Nieuwe Duinweg 20 Scheveningen", "Zesde Klas van Seminarie Apeldoorn 1951. Rethorica!", "1932 Oma Amersfoort en ik", "1951 De Soos" and "Apeldoorn 1951 Congé! met mijnheer [Jongenelen?] en mijnheer van de Bilt naar de [illegible]".

P6643: Row 1: ?, Gert Bouwman, [Gerard Broekhuis?], ?, ?, ?, [Jan Klein Zeggelink?], Gerard Voskuilen
Row 2: ?, Gerard van den Berg, Henk Hak, [Ton Berendschot?], Kees Pannekoek, Henny van Wijnbergen, ?, ?, Joop van Baardewijk, ?, ?
Row 3: Ben Schepen, ?, ?, Jan Schoot, ?, ?, [Chris Lenting?], ?, ?, Arie Beemer, ?, ?
Row 4: [Aloys Tonis?], [Leo Spit?], ?, [Nico Kok?], Toon Ramselaar, ?, [Bertus Schoorlemmer?], ?, Johan Helthuis, Henri Nouwen
Row 5: [Wiebe Verpoorten?], ?

Page 11 of Album 11

File consists of page 11 of Album 11. There is one textual record on the page [P7822]. The item is half a letter dated June 20, 1961 on “Hindenburstasse 15 Pocking b. Starnberg (Oberbayern) Telefon, Feldafing 379” letterhead. Written it French, the letter begins “Monsieur l'Abbé” and goes on to thank the recipient for sending a copy of the book Maranatha to the Duchesse Douairière de Bar. The partial letter has been used to cover up a tear on the photo album paper, possibly the result of a photo being removed from the page.

Page 11 of Album 3

File consists of page 11 of Album 3. There is one photograph on the page [P6433]. Taken by Ron van den Bosch, the photo is a head shot of Henri Nouwen in Utrecht.

Photographs of Nouwen with the Flying Rodleighs

File consists of 453 photographs of Nouwen during one of his visits with the Flying Rodleighs, a flying trapeze troupe with the Circus Barum in Germany; they consist of South Africans, Rodleigh Stevens; his wife, Jenni Stevens; sister, Karlene Stevens; and Joe (Johan) Jonas; and one American, Jon Griggs. Frank Hamilton and professional photographer, Ron van den Bosch, also accompanied Nouwen.

Photographs of Nouwen's trip to Lviv, Ukraine

File consists of twenty photographs of Nouwen's first trip to Lviv, Ukraine in August 1993, where he conducted a retreat. Nouwen was accompanied by Borys Gudziak (beard) and Nathan Ball.

Photographs of Nouwen, Michael Harank and others

File consists of four photographs of Nouwen, wearing a blue sweater and black collared shirt, visiting with Michael Harank, two unidentified men and a woman in California, possibly at Bethany House of Hospitality (Oakland, CA).

Kanuga Conference Center- March 17 - 19, 1993

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's leadership at the Bowen Christian Commitment Conference, at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Nouwen's topic was "The Beloved Community." Nouwen was accompanied to the conference by Sue Mosteller and Bill Van Buren. The conference was sponsored by the Institute in Servant Leadership. Includes correspondence regarding arrangements for the event, correspondence from participants in the event, 1992 and 1993 Kanuga Program Offerings, Kanuga pamphlets, and Institute for Servant Leadership newsletters. Also includes forms for permission to tape the event and cheque stubs for honorarium, travel, photographs and miscellaneous expenses.

Photographs of Nouwen with Johna family

File consists of six photographs of Nouwen, wearing a red winter jacket and scarf, during his visit with Franz and Reny Johna and their adult son, Robert, after December, 1993.

Photographs of Nouwen and Laurent J.M. Nouwen

File consists of thirteen photographs, taken by professional photographer Ron van den Bosch, of Nouwen (wearing a blue collared shirt and tan pants) and his father, Laurent J.M. Nouwen in a garden in Holland.

Katholieke Jongerendag - October 30, 1993

File consists of two files containing correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's participation as a speaker at Catholic Youth Day in Maaspoort den Bosch, Netherlands. Nouwen also a guest on a show for NCRV (Nederlandse Christlijke Radio Vereniging). Includes poster, program, and newsletter from Katholieke Jongerendag '92 with the invitation to participate. Also includes program and newsletter from Katholieke Jongerendag '93 and details for Nouwen's appearance on NCRV's show. The majority of the material is in Dutch. Also includes a memorial card for Père Thomas Philippe. Also includes photographs from the event in file 1167(1).

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