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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections
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Election materials

Series consists of flyers, posters, booklets, official forms and documents, correspondence, and newspaper articles regarding Patrick O'Neill's role as presiding officer at a polling station in the 1918 Irish election, his campaign in the 1920 election for county councillors, and his campaigns in the 1921 and 1929 general elections. Series also includes correspondence regarding the Boundary Commission, O'Neill's decision to take his seat in parliament in 1926, the creation of the National League of the North, and his decision to retire. Series is arranged chronologically.

Community Council files

Series consists of minutes of regular meetings and correspondence files of the Daybreak Community Council, established to permit participation by staff and core members in the key communication and decision making activities of the community.
The types of records include: incoming and outgoing correspondence; agendas and minutes of meetings of the council; special research reports; calendars; program proposals; event planning and administration documents.
Subjects found in the series include: Daybreak constitution; work programs; spirituality; celebration of holidays and community events; administrative and program analysis and restructuring. See file descriptions for more detailed content information.

Ephemera and memorabilia collected in Paris

Sub-series consists of one file of maps, newspaper clippings, guidebooks, theatre programmes, tickets, and governmental documents collected and preserved by Watson from her year spent with her husband in Paris.

A merry Christmas

Item consists of 1 embossed picture postcard with a divided back with a Christmas greeting and holly. The postcard has 1 series of 1902 Franklin one cent stamp.

Journals and notebooks

Series consists of two diaries kept by Wilfred Watson during his writing career and includes a diary created by Watson after 1958, and a second diary kept between 1984 and 1993.

Sketches and artwork

File consists of seventeen drawings and doodles by Wilfred Watson, predominantly of abstract female figures. The majority of these drawings are most likely from the period when Watson was living in Nanaimo, B.C.

Files: 645-697

These files consist of off-prints, articles, and chapters from books that pertain to Émile Zola or Naturalism
that have been written by authors with surnames Adamo to Becker. These files also contain anonymous
articles and one file (#643) that contains articles that are to be categorized. The dates of the works range from
1892 to 1995. The files within have been arranged alphabetically by surname with each work possessing its
own folder. Recurring scholars include Auriant and Colette Becker.

Files: 538-563

These files consist of photocopies of handwritten and published materials that relate to Émile Zola. There are
three broad categories represented in these files:

  1. Bibliographies: These files (#538-539) discuss various translations of Zola’s works into other
    languages as well as an examination of the events and works written about the Dreyfus Affair.
  2. Biographies: These files (#540-551) consist of works that discuss and explore Zola’s life from a variety
    of perspectives, including works by his son and daughter, notes by Henry Céard and Marius Roux,
    photocopies of his marriage certificate and notice of death, as well as a family tree drawn by Jacques
    Émile-Zola (Zola’ son).
  3. Critiques: The Critiques files (#552-563) consist of articles and documents critiquing Zola’s works
    (both positive and negative). Certain works have dedicated files (i.e. La Terre and Paris), where others
    do not. There is an original book published in 1888 in London, titled Regina vs Vizetelly discussing the
    censorship and legal suppression of Zola’s books in England (in File #563).
    These documents were likely collected to provide context and material for the annotations of the published

Files: 206-212

These files consist of letters sent to Zola between the years of 1858 to 1870, which represent Zola youth, his
relocation to Paris and the beginning of his writing career. Most of the letters contained in these files are typed
transcriptions (both on typewriter and computer printout). The typewriter copies are generally rough drafts of
the letters, where the Zola Research Program is editing the letters and attempting to establish dates and facts,
whereas the computer printouts represent the clean, final copy of the letter (the two copies are stapled
together). The early years in these files are dominated with letters by Paul Cézanne, Octave Lacroix, and
Aurélieu Houchard - most of which discuss everyday activities of the correspondents (some poems included),
as well as more professional correspondence once Zola begins work at Hachette Publishing in 1862. In 1864
and 1865, the letters express both support and criticism for the early published works by Zola, Contes à Ninon
and La Confession de Claude. Édouard Manet, Marius Roux and Antoine Guillemet become regular
correspondents from 1866 onwards (the letters by Roux and Manet are generally photocopies of handwritten
texts). The first letter from Alexandrine Zola, Émile Zola’s wife, appears on December 14, 1870 (in File

212), which is accompanied by various letters by Zola’s mother Émilie Zola. As well, a highlight of these files

is the letters from Zola’s editor, Lacroix and Verboeckhoven, discussing the publishing and printing to Zola’s
first major novel, Thérèse Raquin, in 1867.

Files: 1578-1683

These files consist of biographical cards for various 19th century journals and correspondents with surnames
About to Coedes. Key correspondents in these files include Edmond About, Paul Alexis, the Aubert family
(Zola’s mother’s family), Saint-Georges de Bouhélier, Alfred Bruneau, Henry Céard, Paul Cézanne, Georges
Charpentier, and Jules Claretie. The journal index cards differ slightly from the biographical cards. The journal cards include information on the beginning and ending of publication, directors (main editors), nature of the
journal, its political orientation, collaborators and its role in Zola’s career.

Actor René Maupré (René de Chauffour)

-Press clippings (221 pages) following the career of actor René Maupré – clippings ranging from 1904-1930 approx. (many clippings are not dated) – some clippings with photographs – great variety of important French newspapers: L’Humanité, Le Matin, La Petite République, L’Aurore, Le Monde illustré, Le Figaro, etc. – clippings about the Théâtre Antoine (Maupré was one of its stars) – some playbills from the Théâtre Antoine – some clippings from American and English newspapers (from p. 145) and some from Italian newspapers (p. 192 sq.) – a very interesting article by Maupré himself (1920?) on the future of cinema as a new art for the “masses” (p. 177).
-8 photographs (black and white) glued on coloured cardboard – Antoine, Camaret, staging of Coriolan by Antoine.

Legal documents and administrative records

Series consists of original and copies of legal documents, forms, and other records pertaining to the incorporation of the New Catholic Times in 1976, materials documenting the structure of the corporation and its operating policies and procedures circa 1985, and job descriptions and terms of reference for committees within the organization after 1990. Series is arranged chronologically.

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.


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.

Files: 368-372

These files consist of photocopies of handwritten and typed letters, postcards, cartes de visites and telegrams
sent to Émile Zola between November of 1897 and January 16, 1898. The letters in these files all pertain to
the Dreyfus Affair, with the early files focusing on the lead-up to Zola’s direct involvement in the Affair. The
later files mostly focus on Zola’s public letter to the President of the Republic, J’Accuse, printed in the
newspaper L’Aurore on January 13, 1898. Some of the letters refer to the Dreyfus Affair through general
discussion of events; however, most demonstrate a clear support or criticism of Zola’s involvement.

Files: 418-447

These files consist of photocopies of letters written by and amongst Zola’s contemporaries with the surnames
A through L. Although most of the files are indistinct groupings of letters (for example, letters with authors that start with “A”), recurring correspondents possess their own distinct file (for example, File #424 is
dedicated to Alfred Bruneau). The dates of letters in these files range from 1864 to 1936. These files include
three original letters: one letter written by Paul Alexis to Léon Hennique (dated 19 September 1887, in File

420), one letter by Jules Claretie (undated, in File #432), one letter by Maurice Le Blond (1903, in File #445).

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.


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.

Editorial, collaborative and contributive material

Sub-series consists of correspondence, manuscripts, transcribed diaries, news clippings, research notes and annotations related to specific instances where Watson acted as an editor, advisor, contributor, or provided paratext to aspiring authors and their texts, such as introductions, forwards, blurbs or other endorsements. Sub-series has been arranged chronologically by project into sub-sub series.

5.1.1. The City in Literature anthology
5.1.2. Editorial commentary of Age of Iron Age of Strength by Raymond Gariepy
5.1.3. Endorsement of Steven Scobie
5.1.4. Translations of short stories by Madeleine Ferron
5.1.5. Course consulting material for Athabasca University (Edmonton, Alta.)
5.1.6. Reconnaissance a critical anthology in honour of Marshall McLuhan
5.1.7. Preface for West Window by George Bowering material
5.1.8. Endorsement of Daphne Marlatt
5.1.9. Endorsement of Roy Miki
5.1.10.The Collected Poems of Miriam Mandel
5.1.11. Afterword to 71 Poems for People by George Bowering
5.1.12. Contributions to The Letters of Marshall McLuhan
5.1.13. Bio-critical essay of Miriam Mandel
5.1.14. Blurb for White Lies (for my mother) by Liza Potvin
5.1.15. Introduction to The Work of Justice by Jack Pecover


Item consists of 1 picture postcard with an undivided back with three dancers. The postcard has 1 Edward VII one penny red U.K. postage stamp.

Correspondence with constituents, 1926-1928

Sub-series consists of Patrick O'Neill's correspondence with constituents, supporters, and government ministers for the period from 1926 to 1928 in his role as MP for County Down as well as notes, official documents and newspaper articles regarding the affairs of his constituency.

Audiovisual material

File consists of three 1.5 mm audiotape reels, presumably sound recordings of Wilfred Watson's theatrical productions or his public readings.

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.

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.

Head of House and Regional Meetings

Series consists of 68 audio cassettes made during the course of Head of House meetings or Regional meetings of L'Arche International. The Head of House provides support for the Community Leader by taking direct responsibility for the home. The Leader administrates the overall community, but the Heads of Houses take on the responsibilities of the home for the Leader. The Community Leader regularly meets with Heads of Houses to hear details, issues, listen to questions, to make community announcements, and create a supportive community around any situations that may need support.

Le Dieu de la Vie

Item consists of 1 audio cassette from a Faith and Sharing (Foi et Portage) event in Montreal in 1974. Jean Vanier was the speaker.

Files: 602-628

These files consist of articles and research materials compiled by and written about the correspondents from
the Letters by Contemporaries series. Types of materials that can be found include photocopies of birth,
marriage and death certificates, some works written by them as well as photocopies of photographs. Key
correspondents in these files include various family members (Alexandrine Zola, Georges Loiseau and Dr.
François Émile-Zola), as well as other professional correspondents (such as Theodore Stanton, Ernest
Vizetelly, Saint-Arroman and Georges Charpentier) and personal correspondents (including Léon Hennique,
Jacques van Santen Kolff, Léona Queyrouze and Dr. Édouard Toudouze).

Files: 1559-1569

These files consist of a bibliography of works written about Émile Zola between 1864 and 1981. Although
not indicated on the document itself, the original folder identified D. Baguley as the compiler of the
document. Other materials in this fonds indicate that David Baguley was head of a project out of the Western
University (then University of Western Ontario) in the 1970s to compile an international bibliography of all
existing works written about Zola. It is likely that the bibliography included in this sub-series is an updated
version of this project. The document has been divided by year, with distinctions made between types of
publication (book or article). Publications in this document are mostly French and English, however there are
other languages present as well. The years 1896-1899 and 1922-1930 are missing from this document. This
bibliography is also available online and Baguley has continued updating it in recent years (it can be found at

Bibliography working files

Series consists of research notes, index cards, correspondence and draft manuscripts of Feeley's bibliography on Marshall McLuhan. Also includes a draft paper of an article by Feeley on Plato and McLuhan.

Historical structures re: Collective committees, jobs circa 1985

Item consists of a binder of materials documenting the structure of the New Catholic Times and its committees, the process of producing and distributing the newspaper, financial information for the corporation, job descriptions, and other aspects of the corporation's activities. The material appears to have been compiled as a manual for a specific purpose or person.

History and Spirit of Faith and Sharing

The series consists of documents about the history and development of the Faith and Sharing Federation. This includes documents related to first retreats and the incorporation of the Faith and Sharing Federation as a registered charity. There is also material on the history and development of the regional groups. This includes correspondence from the regional delegates about the organization of annual retreats and meetings, 1972-1976, lists of attendees and representatives and newsletters detailing the activities of the regions. There is also a collection of annual reports for the period 1995 to 2002. There is also material on the organizational structure of the Faith and Sharing Federation and the North American Committee including a practical guide to the retreats and personal reflections on the Faith and Sharing movement by members of the North American Committee.

Incoming correspondence

Series consists of Fred T. Flahiff's personal correspondence, deposited with the library due to its relevance to Flahiff's work on Sheila Watson. Includes 53 letters from Sheila Watson, 3 letters and 34 pages of poetry and 20 illustrations in ink and pastel (17 of which are photocopied) from Wilfred Watson. Also includes letters from others: one letter from B.J. Mitchell; one letter from a Mike (last name unknown), regarding an entry on Sheila Watson in the UBC yearbook "Totem" from 1931; one letter from Douglas M. Gibson, publisher at McClelland and Stewart.

Letters from François Émile-Zol, Martine LeBlond-Zola to J. Sanders.

-Typed and signed letter from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated «Paris, 26 décembre 1970».Le Blond thanks Sanders for the invitation to the Zola colloquium planned at the University of Western Ontario; however, his professional duties will prevent him from attending.
-Autograph letter with envelope from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, 9 August 1979.Le Blond tells Sanders how much he enjoyed his visit. Unfortunately, he cannot find the 12th and last scene [of Germinal?] written in Zola's handwriting.
-Autograph letter with envelope from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 20 November 1979.Unfortunately, Le Blond cannot identify Zola's correspondent in the letter dated 18 December 1882. Thanks Sanders for his article on Renée, and reflections on Zola's theatrical career.
-Autograph letter from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 4 January 1980. Expresses his regret on learning about the illness of Sanders' son. His wife and daughter join him in expressing their concern. Hopes that he will soon have the occasion to visit them in L'Etang la-Ville.
-Autograph postcard [Zola's house in Medan] from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 30 December 1981.Sends his best wishes for the new year. He and his wife are looking forward to a visit from Sanders.
-Autograph postcard [view of “Marly-le-Roi au XVIIIe siècle”] from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 3 January 1983. Sends his best wishes for the new year. Apologizes that the postal strike prevented him from replying to Sanders' letter of 27 October 1982. In spite of careful research, he has been unable to identify the authors of two letters by Zola of which Sanders had sent him copies.
-Autograph card from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 31 July 1984. Sends the photocopies requested by J.B. Sanders, and apologizes for having taken so long. Hopes that they will see each other soon at L'Etang-la-Ville.
-Autograph letter from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 28 December, 1985. Sends his best wishes for the new year and for better health for Sanders' son. His manuscript of Germinal is still available if Sanders wishes. The letter is enclosed in a card, showing a painting by Raphael Toussaint.
-Autograph card [UNICEF Christmas card] from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, [1985]. Sends his best wishes for 1985 and hopes to see him soon.
-Autograph card from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 14 May 1987. Sends a photocopy of an empty envelope from Leon Deffoux to his father (Maurice Le Blond), dated September 1943, which he had forgotten to include in his letter.
-Autograph letter from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, with envelope, dated 1 June 1987, on letterhead from the «Sociétt littéraire des amis d’Emile Zola». Expresses his regret at the death of Sanders' son. Happy however to learn that Sanders is coming to France, and suggests possible dates for a visit. Sanders can keep the manuscript of Germinal as long as he needs it.
-Autograph card [UNICEF Christmas card] from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 4 January 1988. Thanks Sanders for his good wishes, and sends his own in return. Is looking forward to the publication of Germinal in 1988.
-Autograph postcard [from Musée Grévin] from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 11 January 1992. Sends his best wishes for the new year and congratulates Sanders on his study of proper names in Zola's work. Gives him the address of Delaballe.
-Autograph card [UNICEF Christmas card] from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 26 January 1993. Le Blond apologizes for being slow in sending his new year's wishes, since he has been very ill with bronchitis. Is happy to see that Sanders has published the correspondence between Céard and Thyébaut.
-Autograph card [UNICEF Christmas card] with envelope from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 2 February 1995. Sends best wishes for 1995 and his compliments on Sanders' article on Céard and Thyébaut.
-Autograph card [Van Gogh's "La Moisson"] with envelope from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders [January 1996, added in J.B. Sanders' hand; envelope stamped 22 January 1996. Thanks J.B. Sanders and his wife for their good wishes and alludes to the Sanders' travels.
-Autograph postcard [Musée Victor Hugo] with envelope from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, [16 January 1997], with a postscript from Martine Le Blond-Zola. Sends his best wishes for the new year. Apologizes that he cannot identify the "Colin" about whom Sanders was enquiring. His daughter, Martine, also sends her best wishes in an autograph note.
-Autograph letter with envelope from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated March 19, 1997. Le Blond apologizes for taking so long to reply, but he is currently hospitalized for a heart ailment. Authorizes Sanders to publish the letters from Maurice Le Blond to Leon Deffoux in the Cahiers naturalistes. Evokes his memories of the times Deffoux spent at his mother and father's home and affirms that Deffoux was at the centre of Zola studies before academic Zola studies began in 1955-1960. Will search for any correspondence he has between Deffoux and his father when he returns home to L'Etang-la-Ville.
NOTE: these letters seem to remain unpublished (see Cahiers naturalistes, 2007).
-Autograph letter from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated May 9, 1997. Ill health has prevented him from replying sooner to Sanders' request. Sends copies of 7 letters from Leon Deffoux to Maurice Leblond (27/12/25, 2 et 25/01/30, 4, 10 et 17/02/30, 04/02/31). Describes the letters and speaks at length about the importance of Deffoux. Lists works in his possession by Deffoux with dedications to Maurice Le Blond.
-Autograph letter from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 28 December, 1997. Thanks Sanders for sending a letter from Thyébaut to Ceard. Sends copies of some articles by Deffoux, particularly an article of June 1924 which deals with the disagreement between the Zola family and the Academie Goncourt.
-Autograph letter with envelope from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sander, dated 6 December, 1998. Sends Sanders a copy of an article by Maurice Le Blond, “La Vérité sur l’incident Mallarmé”. Le Tombeau de Michel Abadie is a collection of poems, on which Le Blond comments. There is no list of Maurice Le Blond's publications, but he did keep a dossier of press clippings and a binder of the artaicles he published in L'Aurore from 1900 to 1905. Details on where to find the manuscripts of Les Rougon Macquart, Les Trois Villes, and Zola's letters.
-Autograph card [Marly-le-Roi au XVIIIe siècle] from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, undated. Thanks J.B. Sanders for his letter and is happy to learn that his son is feeling better. Thanks him for his good wishes and hopes to see him soon.
-Autograph card ["Birds of America" series (Audubon)] from Jean-Claude Le Blond and his wife to J.B. Sanders, undated. Le Blond and his wife send their wishes for the new year and hope to see him soon.
-Autograph postcards [2 – views of Médan] from Martine Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 31 December 1998. Although her father is very ill, she hopes that he will live to see the publication of his work on Medan. The new year will also bring the beginning of the restoration of Medan under the directorship of Pierre Bergé. News of her family.
-Newspaper announcement of the death of Jean-Claude Le Blond, dated 23 March, 1999.
-Death announcement with envelope addressed to J.B. Sanders concerning the death of Jean-Claude Leblond, dated 20 March, 1999. Accompanied by a card from Martine Le Blond.
-Two postcards (27 October 1990, 19 October 1993) from Alain Pages to J.B. Sanders. Discussing the publication of Sanders' work in Les Cahiers naturalistes. Postcards are of Zola's house at Medan.

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