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Thoreau MacDonald Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1900-1984

The collection consists of papers pertaining to MacDonald, including original drawings and designs, along with correspondence and biographical material. These papers also include notes and drafts by Margaret E. Edison which she collected during the course of her research for her book, Thoreau MacDonald: A Catalogue of Design and Illustration (1973). A second accession includes more of MacDonald's original drawings and designs, notebooks and diaries, a small amount of correspondence, photographs and some printed materials.

MacDonald, Thoreau

Thoreau MacDonald Papers

Collection consists of two series. The first consists of 14 original works of art by Thoreau MacDonald and two original pencil drawings by J.E.H MacDonald donated by Leon Katz. The second series consists primarily of ephemera related to Thoreau MacDonald, which was donated by Ron Peters. This material is primarily composed of cards with his designs, order forms for books with his illustrations and other promotion material. Also included in the second series is research material used by Thoreau MacDonald related to hawks, predators and the environment.

MacDonald, J.E.H

UTARMS' Oral History Collection on Student Activism

  • UTA 0302
  • Collection
  • 1972-2020

Collection includes seventeen oral history interviews focused on illuminating the impact of student action and initiatives across UofT’s three campuses. Themes within the interviews cover a broad range of topics including community building and mentorship, institutional response, and the deep personal and educational value drawn from commitments to systemic change.

University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services

Otto Schneid Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00350
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1929-1973

The collection consists of research materials for Schneid's unpublished book on 20th century Jewish artists in Europe, manuscripts for his published and unpublished works, and galleys for his published writings. The research materials include correspondence with more than 120 Jewish artists, copies of their exhibition catalogues, and other published works, and photographs of their art. Most of these artists perished during the Second World War.

Schneid, Otto

Oral history interview with Ikem Opara conducted by Ruth Belay

Ikem Opara, currently Director of National Learning Partnerships at the Rideau Hall Foundation, was an international student at UofT’s St. George campus. His active involvement at the University included executive roles with Black Students’ Association (BSA), playing Varsity football, and membership in organizations such as the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the African Students’ Association and the Nigerian Students’ Association. Opara describes the personal impact that these organizations had in forming deep social connections, while emphasizing throughout the interview their commitment to create spaces of belonging on campus that reflected both racial and ethnic identities. He recounts many of the BSA’s and Alpha Phi Alpha’s activities, including mentorship initiatives, talks, social events, and discusses their underlying goals, particularly regarding the strategic use of space to highlight Black presence at the University. He reflects on the BSA’s engagement in issues such as representation within curriculum and broader community activism around police violence in the city, while also reflecting on challenges faced at UofT.

Organizations

  • Black Students’ Association (BSA)
  • High School Conference, Black Students’ Association
  • BLACKLIGHT, Black Students' Association
  • African Students’ Association (ASA)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (AΦA)
  • Nigerian Students’ Association (NSA)
  • Tan Furu
  • UofT Korean Students’ Association (UTKSA)
  • Hart House, UofT

Subject Topics

  • Acculturation
  • Varsity sports
  • Mentorship
  • Equity in education
  • Community engagement
  • Solidarity networks
  • Social networks
  • Food
  • Organizational memory
  • Institutional response
  • Institutional racism
  • Funding of student groups

Oral history interview with June Larkin conducted by Ruth Belay and Daniela Ansovini

Dr. June Larkin, former Director of Equity Studies and professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department, completed her graduate studies at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in 1993. Larkin describes her involvement in the creation of OISE’s Sexual Harassment Caucus, a group formed to address sexual harassment at the institution through policy and education. With seventeen years of prior experience as an elementary school teacher, Larkin shares how this advocacy shifted her doctoral work to focus on sexual harassment in high schools and also led to developing educational toolkits and workshops to support school boards looking to implement their own policies. In discussing her research, community-based initiatives, and teaching, she reflects on the definition of activism and many forms it can take. Within the context of the Equity Studies Program more broadly, she notes the ways in which she and other professors have worked to respond to the shifting interest of students, particularly to support their engagement in issues at and beyond the University.

Organizations

  • Ontario Institute of Studies for Education (OISE)
  • Sexual Harassment Caucus, OISE
  • Sexual Harassment Resistors Everywhere (SHREW)
  • Equity Studies Program, New College, University of Toronto
  • Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto

Subject Topics

  • Women’s movement and feminism
  • Sexual harassment policy
  • Violence against women
  • Equity in education
  • Intersectionality
  • Equity Studies
  • Sexual health
  • Community engagement
  • Institutional response
  • Occupy! Movement
  • Activist scholarship

Additional material

Includes scans of ABUS, a publication produced by the Association for the Advancement of Blacks in the Health Sciences (AABHS), The Auricle, a Black Medical Students Association (BMSA) publication, and additional clippings. File also includes Dr. Wharton's speaking notes for the 2020 BMSA anniversary and a portrait taken during interview.

Oral history interview with Dena Taylor conducted by Ruth Belay

Dr. Dena Bain Taylor, a retired faculty member in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, attended the University at its St. George campus as both an undergraduate and graduate student. While the interview touches on the early experiences Taylor had as a student, it focuses on the period between 1968 to 1973 when she was a resident of Rochdale College. She describes the foundation and structure of the residence, including identifying key individuals, concurrent initiatives, funding sources, and the external issues that shaped the residence. Throughout the interview, Taylor reflects on the philosophical underpinnings that were central to the collective ethos of the space and its genesis as a centre for experiential learning, activism, arts, spirituality, experimentation and place-making. The interview captures aspects of Rochdale’s impact, including the activities of involved individuals, the influence of American political thought, as well as the organizations and initiatives that were developed there. Taylor speaks to some of the issues that surfaced in the residence such as sexism, sexuality, and mental health, as well as how these issues were portrayed in the media. In discussing her own experiences and reflecting on the broader significance of the College, Taylor details and questions how the residence fundamentally challenged the status-quo.

Organizations

  • Rochdale College
  • Hart House, University of Toronto
  • Indian Institute
  • Campus Co-operative
  • Toronto Community Housing

Subject Topics

  • Experiential learning
  • Alternative education
  • Co-operative and collective models
  • Housing
  • Counter-culture
  • Arts
  • Back-to-the-land movement
  • Financial access to post-secondary education
  • Sexual freedom
  • Draft evasion
  • Spadina Expressway

2016 acquisition

This acquisition is divided into the following 21 series:
Series 01: 4x5 & P55 Negatives
Series 02: 35mm Negatives
Series 03: 120mm Roll Film
Series 04: Contact Sheets
Series 05: 4x5 Positives
Series 06: 5x7 Negatives
Series 07: 4x3.5 Negatives
Series 08: 35mm Slides
Series 09: Prints
Series 10: Portfolios
Series 11: Books & Book Mock-Ups
Series 12: Personal Ephemera
Series 13: Press & Promotional
Series 14: Journals, Daytimes, Address Books
Series 15: Business Card Portfolios
Series 16: Personal Photographs, Albums, and Scrapbooks
Series 17: Darkroom Tools & Printing Notes
Series 18: Travel Postcard Collection
Series 19: Elaine Ling's Silver Gelatin Postcard Prints
Series 20: Polaroid P55 Contact Prints
Series 21: Exhibition Prints

Lawrence Hill Papers

This collection consists of extensive material - manuscripts, research materials, correspondence - related to published books by Lawrence Hill, including Any Known Blood; Some Great Thing; The Book of Negroes/Someone Knows My Name; Black Berry, Sweet Juice; Women of Vision: the Story of the Canadian Womens Association; Trials and Triumphs: the Story of African Canadians; The Deserter's Tale: the Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq, among other titles and projects. It also includes correspondence, photographs, family histories and other material related to the life and work of Hill.

Lawrence Hill Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1915-2015

Includes extensive material related to published books by Lawrence Hill: Any Known Blood; Some Great Thing; The Book of Negroes/Someone Knows My Name [early titles ‘A Likely Wench’ and ‘Migration’]; Black Berry, Sweet Juice; Women of Vision: the Story of the Canadian Women’s Association; Trials and Triumphs: the Story of African Canadians; The Deserter’s Tale: the Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq; In 2005, the 90-minute film document that Hill wrote, Seeking Salvation: A History of the Black Church in Canada, Travesty Productions, Toronto (2004), won the American Wilbur Award for best national television documentary; “Rainbow Coalition” for City Suites story and script for a CBC television series which was never produced; shorter pieces; journalism with The Globe and Mail, The Winnipeg Free Press, The Toronto Star and others; feature articles for The Walrus; unpublished work; juvenalia; extensive personal and professional correspondence; personal and professional photographs; extensive family history; works by various family members, including material related to Daniel Grafton Hill III and his work as Ombudsman of Ontario, as first director and later chair of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, founding with his wife Donna Hill the Ontario Black History Society; translations; research and personal notes; mentoring notes from his time at the Humber School for Writers; travel related material, appearances, events, awards and prizes; charitable and philanthropic activities; financial and other material related to the life and work of Lawrence Arthur Hill [inclusive dates of material, 1915-2008]
Selected correspondents include: Paul Quarrington, Jack Veugelers, Ayanna Black, Michael Enright, Robert Fulford, Leander Jones, Adrienne Shadd, Rosemary Sadlier, father Daniel Grafton Hill III, mother Donna Hill, sister Karen Hill, brother Dan Hill, current wife Miranda Hill, current mother-in-law Sandy Hawkins, ex-wife Joanne Savoie, grandmother May Hill; various other family members and friends, Louis Farrakhan, Iris Tupholme, Denise Bukowski Agency, Paul Lovejoy, Austin Clarke, Donald Smith, Alvin Duncan, Alan Borovoy and many others

Hill, Lawrence

Lawrence Hill Papers

Includes drafts, research, correspondence and other material related to The Book of Negroes, including the screenplay for the televised series and the illustrated edition; interviews for Black Berry, Sweet Juice; notes, drafts, proofs, copy-editing and other material for The Illegal (early title ‘Underground’) forthcoming novel Fall 2015 (fourth novel and tenth book); personal and professional correspondence; appearances; extended family material; awards; photographs; notebooks; community activities; short pieces, including ‘Africville Forever’; Karen Hill’s Café Babanussa; research, various drafts, proofs and appearance material related to The Massey lectures: Blood: the Stuff of Life; The Deserter’s Tale; and other material related to the life, work and family of Lawrence Hill.

University of Toronto. Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences

This accession contains early records from the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences dealing particularly with eye pathology. Included are several textual records proposing the formation of an ophthalmology department and photographs of early eye pathology labs. There are also a large number of slides containing samples of eye pathologies. Some patient records are included.

University of Toronto. Department of Cell and Systems Biology

Contains records reviewed from the Department of Cell & Systems Biology, formerly known as the Department of Zoology. Contains Undergraduate Affairs Committee records, annual department reports, copies of Zoonews, event files (UofT Day, ZooWoods material), curriculum development material and several photographs and films from departmental gatherings.

University of Toronto. Department of Zoology

John Ratcliffe Grant fonds

  • CA ON00357 2145
  • Fonds
  • 1935-1983, predominantly 1940s and 1950s

Fonds consists of personal papers of John Ratcliffe Grant, 1942-1983, including his doctoral thesis on Ancient Roman History for Harvard University, 1946.

Grant, John Ratcliffe

Roberta Irwin fonds

  • CA ON00357 2044
  • Fonds
  • 1913–1976

Fonds consists of notes, drafts and final version of biography of John Fletcher McLaughlin, [ca. 1972]; record of McLaughlin family; correspondence re McLaughlin scholarship, 1969-1970; family correspondence, 1913-1976; and photographs.

Irwin, Roberta

Nouwen Letter Project

Series consists of materials from various iterations of the Nouwen Letter Projects that began as an initiative by the Henri Nouwen Literary Centre under the direction of Sister Sue Mosteller, executrix of the Henri Nouwen Literary Centre, in 1998. The goal of the project was to gather as much of Nouwen’s original material as possible. This encompassed his letters, manuscripts, articles, photographs, and other audiovisual material. After the original 1998 campaign, there have been successive campaigns together with the University of St. Michael's College Special Collections to continue the collection efforts for the project.

Photographs

Series consists of photographs received after Nouwen's death. These include black and white and colour photographic negatives, prints, albums, and slides.

Kevin F. Dwyer photographs

File consists of photographs of Henri Nouwen by Kevin Dwyer. The photos were taken in 1996 when Nouwen and Frank Hamilton visited Dwyer and his partner Al (Alvaro) Carrasco in Guerneville, California. These photographs were commissioned by Nouwen on a casual basis, and used for promotional purposes. One photograph was used for the first edition of "With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life".

Mary Carney photographs

File consists of photographs Henri Nouwen from the private collection of Mary Carney. Photographs are separated into thirteen folders based on notes from the envelopes accompanying the photographs.

Henri Nouwen Society photographs

These photographic materials relate to the Henri Nouwen Society and are arranged as follows:

1) Negatives. Archive opening. Taken by Wendy Lywood. 2000.

2) Negatives and 6 photographs. Archive opening #1. Taken by Beth Porter. September 21, 2000.

3) Negatives and 2 photographs. Archive opening #2. Taken by Beth Porter. September 21, 2000.

4) Negatives. Archive opening #3. September 21, 2000.

5) Negatives and 2 photographs. Archive opening #4. Taken by Beth Porter. September 21, 2000.

6) 9 Photographs. Archive opening and HNS board meeting. September, 2000.

7) 2 Photographs. HNS board meeting. [ca. 2003].

8) 9 Photographs. 10265 Yonge St. Pancake Tuesdays. 2004.

9) Negatives, 6 photographs and 1 contact sheet. Photographs of flowers sent to HNS. [ca. 2004].

10) Negatives and 1 contact sheet. L'Arche and HNS office BBQ at Marylou's. Last [picture] of Sarah Halub [illegible], Dave Haimon and Carl; Wendt and Thelus. 2005.

11) Negatives and 1 contact sheet. JOH gift bags; Peggy and Al; Marais and Collin; Marylou's retirement. 2006-2007.

12) 9 Photographs and 1 letter** from Robert J. Nunney to Maureen Wright. Photographs of Bob Durback sent to Maureen Wright by Burback's nephew, Robert J. Nunney. 2011.

13) 9 Colour print-outs. Inkjet photographic prints by the Henri Nouwen Society highlighting events and members. Magnets on verso. 2000-2010.

14) 6 Photographs. Miscellaneous photographs from the Henri Nouwen Society. [200?]

** This letter was removed by archival staff and can be found separately in the archives. See the "Allied Material" section of this page for more info.

Jack Stroh photographs

Jack Stroh's photographs are comprised of 156 photographs, and their negatives, created by Stroh. They document visits, celebrations, and events. They are organized into the following groupings:

1) 53 photographs of Nouwen, Sue Stroh and L'Arche Japan member Gordon Nakamura visiting Henri Nouwen at L'Arche Daybreak. Negative included.

2) 1 photograph of Nouwen and Jack Stroh accompanied by a signed card by Nouwen. Negatives included.

3) 20 photographs of Jasper and Cathleen Naus' wedding and wedding reception. Includes photographs of Nouwen performing the wedding and Sue Stroh. Negatives included.

4) 11 photographs housed in folder titled "Christmas" that document a Christmas party. Includes photographs of Sue and Jack Stroh, and Nouwen.

5) 24 photographs housed in a folder titled "1997 Daybreak Ground Breaking" that document the groundbreaking and festivities. Negatives included.

6) 24 photographs of the Nouwen wake, an undisclosed grave site and post-funeral reception. Negatives included.

7) 11 photographs of L'Arche core-members and members as well as photographs of Sue and Jack Stroh, and Nouwen. Negatives included.

8) 12 miscellaneous photographs, mostly featuring Henri Nouwen, but also featuring Sue Stroh as well as images of grave sites.

Stroh, Jack

Interview with Joe Vorstermans

File consists of an interview with Joe Vorstermans interviewed by Elisabeth Pozzi-Thanner at the Henri Nouwen Society offices in Richmond Hill, ON. Vorstermans is an executive member of the Henri Nouwen Society and lives and works in L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON). Vorstermans was the assistant's coordinator in 1986 when Nouwen arrived at L'Arche Daybreak. In 1996 Vorstermans became pastor while Nouwen was on sabbatical and subsequently had to lead the L'Arche Daybreak community through the grief process with Nouwen's death. Vorstermans recalls Nouwen performing Mass, Nouwen assisting after core member Raymond Batchelor's accident, Nouwen going to Homes for Growth (Winnipeg, MA), the L'Arche assistant's retreat and Nouwen's letter writing. Themes present in Vorstermans' interview include immigration, Jean Vanier, Alzheimer's L'Arche Daybreak over time, interfaith community, Bill van Buren and Nouwen's legacy. The print is of Vorstermans standing on a beach with his hands in his pockets dressed very causally. The interview is transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy.

Interview with Harold Weinstein

File consists of an interview with Harold Weinstein interviewed by Maureen Wright at Weinstein's home in Markham, ON; Weinstein is a retired jeweler. Weinstein's daughter Ellen lived as a core member with Nouwen at the L'Arche Daybreak community (Richmond Hill, ON). Weinstein recalls celebrating Ellen's Bap Mitzvah and Passover with Nouwen and how Nouwen helped in Weinstein's relationship with his daughter. Themes present in Weinstein's interview include music, Judaism, Glengarda (Windsor, ON), Nouwen's death, Nouwen as a messenger, Nouwen's gestures and the 'Mourner's Kaddish'. Post interview notes from Maureen Wright and a copy of a Jewish prayer are also in the file. The interview is transcribed and is available electronically or in hard copy; there are two hard copies in the file.

Interview with Pieter Oussoren

File consists of an interview with Pieter Oussoren interviewed by Peter Naus in Utrecht, Netherlands. Oussoren was a former student and friend of Nouwen. There is no transcription available.

Interview with William Van Buren

File consists of an interview with William Van Buren interviewed by Carl MacMillan and Mauren Wright at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON). Van Buren is a core member of L'Arche Daybreak and was a friend and traveling companion of Nouwen's from the community. The file includes post interview notes from Wright. The interview is not transcribed and is only available on audio and video cassette.

Interview with Ron van den Bosch

File consists of an interview with Ron van den Bosch interviewed by Peter Naus in The Netherlands; van den Bosch lives in The Netherlands. The interview is transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy. All the transcriptions and recordings are in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are in the file. They include: "Ron is a long-time friend of Henri and he provided photographs for three of Henri's earlier books. He is a painter. I met Ron in the early seventies, but had not had any contact with him since then. He gave an articulate account of his relationship with Henri and he spoke with much affection about him. He needed a little prompting. He made little reference to Henri's sexuality. Instead, he places much emphasis on his gratitude for Henri's friendship and on the fun they had together." The pictures discussed in the interview are available on cdrom at the archives.

Interview with Rene van Eyden

File consists of an interview with Rene van Eyden interviewed by Peter Naus in the Netherlands; van Eyden lives in the Netherlands. Two interviews were conducted by Peter Naus, June 9 2004 and April 29 2005. The interviews are transcribed and available electronically. All transcriptions and recordings are in Dutch. Brief English notes for each interview are available in the file. They include: "June 9 2004, Rene was a few years ahead of Henri in the seminary. He gave an interesting description of Henri's physical bearing as a seminarian. He told delightful anecdotes about Henri's seminary years and his years at the University of Nijmegen. He had made notes ahead of time to help him stay on track in telling his story. He said little about Henri's shadow side. He obviously liked Henri very much but did not want to talk with as much affection about him as Louis ter Steeg did. It's puzzling that Rene has not been interviewed about Henri before because it is obvious that he has much information about him. I would like to interview him again with specific attention for his own family background and his perceptions of the more problematic aspects of Henri's work and personality. Perhaps Rene's wife, Akke, should be interviewed as well because of her experience in Latin America and how these compare with those Henri garnered at about the same time." "April 29, 2005, 'Rene is a former priest of the archdiocese of Utretcht and a long-time friend of Henri. He was also a colleague of him at the 'Katholike Theologische Hogeschool Utrecht'. I interviewed Rene last year, but wanted some more feedback from him on Henri's time at the 'Hogeschool' and also on Henri's weaker points. He again did not say much with respect to the latter, mainly because, I think, he simply is not the kind of person who tends to be critical of others. He gave some helpful insights into why Henri was not much respected by some of his fellow priests".

Interview with Peter Weiskal

File consists of an interview with Peter Weiskal interviewed by Sue Mosteller (location unknown). The interview is not transcribed and is only available on audio cassette.

Interview with Tom Wilson

File consists of an interview with Tom Wilson interviewed by Joe Vorstermans at the Leadership Network office in Dallas, TX. Wilson lives in Forth Worth, TX and is the President of the Leadership Network, a nonprofit public charity that fosters church innovation and growth in furtherance of its far-reaching mission to identify, connect and help high-capacity Christian leaders multiply their impact. Wilson first encountered Nouwen through his writing and subsequently met him at a speaking engagement arranged by Malcolm Street at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth. Wilson recalls worshiping with Nouwen at the Street home. Themes present in Wilson's interview include abuse, grandparents, Young Life Ministry (Amarillo, TX), spiritual awakening, Evangelicalism, Nouwen's sexuality and Nouwen's legacy. The print in the file is of Wilson from the shoulders up in front of plain canvas; Wilson's business card is also in the file. The interview is transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy.

Interview with Wim Wolters

File consists of an interview with Wim Wolters interviewed by Peter Naus in the Netherlands. Wolters is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist living in the Netherlands; he was a friend of Nouwen's. There is an envelope and note in the file from Wolters to Joe Vorstermans that accompanied the photograph. Two interviews were conducted by Naus. The interviews are transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy; two hard copies of the April 27, 2005 interview are available. All recordings and transcriptions are in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are in the file. They include: 15/06/04 "This was for me the most fascinating of the interviews because of the rather extensive analysis Wim put forth regarding Henri's personality and work. He is clinical psychologist with a psychoanalytic background who knew Henri for a long time and considered himself a close friend. He also knew Henri's family very well. Before the interview started we discussed briefly his ethical concerns about discussing impressions of Henri. I told him that in interviews and pieces I had written about Henri I had been guided by two considerations: not to divulge anything about Henri that was not already in the public domain and to protect as much as possible the privacy of Henri's family". 24/04/05 "Wim is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology. He is still active as a therapist and he is a member of a number of advisory boards a governing councils. I interviewed him last year as well because he and his wife, Milene, are long-time friends of Henri. This time around I wanted to focus on Henri's homosexuality because he had not said much about it in the first interview. He believes rather strongly that the emphasis should be on Henri's impact on people and how he changed the lives of many. As he stated in the tape, Henri's homosexuality as such is not a big issue, but that he did not come to grips with it is. Yet, it would be entirely inappropriate to interpret Henri's writing as the expression of a frustrated, neurotic gay person. One should not hide his homosexuality nor draw undue attention to it".

Interview with Sally Tucker

File consists of an interview with Sally Tucker interviewed by Kathy Christie in Richmond Hill, ON. Tucker is a receptionist in Richmond Hill, ON. Tucker met Nouwen through Kathy Brunner and worked as his part time receptionist. Tucker recalls celebrating birthdays and holidays with Nouwen and her kids. Themes present in Tucker's interview include alcoholism, death, the Eucharist, art, grief, loneliness and Vincent van Gogh. The print is of Tucker and Nouwen sitting together, Nouwen is on a couch with his arm around Tucker and Tucker is in a chair beside Nouwen with her arm around him. Nouwen is wearing a blue and white sweater over a dress shirt with blue pants; there are balloons and flowers in the background. The interview is transcribed and is available electronically or in hard copy.

Interview with Jan van den Bosch

File consists of an interview with Jan van den Bosch interviewed by Peter Naus in the Netherlands. van den Bosch is an entrepreneur living in the Netherlands. The interview is transcribed and available electronically and in hard copy. All of the transcriptions and recordings are in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are available in the file. They include: "Jan is an entrepreneur who owns businesses in Holland as well as in the US. He used to work for a Dutch evangelical TV station and in this capacity he made several TV programs about Henri. In fact, Henri got his heart attack on the eve of a trip to St. Petersburg were he was to go with Jan to make a TV program featuring Rembrandt's painting of the Prodigal Son that figured so prominently in Henri's book 'The Return of the Prodigal Son'. It is rather remarkable that Jan, who comes from an ultraconservative, Protestant background, ever got interested in Henri's work, let alone became a close friend of him. Just like Ron van den Bosch, he reminded me sometimes of Henri because of the way he talked and gestured. Jan did not feel comfortable talking about Henri's homosexuality; I'm surprised he even mentioned it. Overall however, he was very cooperative and eager to give his impressions of Henri".

Interview with Father Bill Scanlon

File consists of an interview with Father Bill Scanlon interviewed by Sue Mosteller at the St. Mary Immaculate Church (Richmond Hill, ON). Father Scanlon lives in Richmond Hill, ON and is the Roman Catholic Parish Priest at St. Mary Immaculate Church. Father Scanlon met Nouwen as St. Mary Immaculate Church was Nouwen's home parish when he lived at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON). Father Scanlon recalls giving pastoral care and the Sacrament of Reconciliation to Nouwen and holding a Priest's retreat in which Nouwen attended. Themes present in Father Scanlon's interview include the Eucharist, Jean Vanier and Nouwen's grave. The interview is transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy; there are two hard copies in the file.

Interview with Jan ter Laak

File consists of an interview with Jan ter Laak interviewed by Peter Naus in The Netherlands. ter Laak is a former Roman Catholic Priest and former secretary general of Pax Christie, a non-profit, non-governmental Catholic peace movement working on a global scale on a wide variety of issues in the fields of human rights, human security, disarmament and demilitarisation, just world order and religion and violent conflict. The interview is transcribed and available electronically and in hard copy. All transcriptions and recordings are in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are in the file. They include: "Jan is a former priest of the archdiocese of Utrecht; he was in the seminary a few years after Henri. Since his retirement from the position of secretary of Pax Christie The Netherlands, he has been working for a number of Dutch human rights organizations. Jan is gay and my impression is that he served as a confident to Henri who discussed his struggles with homosexuality with him. In the interview, Jan brought Henri's homosexuality to the fore. He believes Henri's restlessness and fatigue were related to his sexual struggles. Going by Jan's information, there is no doubt Henri engaged in sexual encounters, with one man in particular. Jan did not reveal this man's identity but suggested he be interviewed for the project. Presumably Jan is willing to provide the contact, if necessary. I think Jan and I had an excellent rapport which enabled him to talk rather freely. He sent me an email after to let me know he thought we had a good interview".

Interview with Maria ter Steeg

File consists of an interview with Maria ter Steeg interviewed by Peter Naus in the Netherlands. ter Steeg is a theologian living in the Netherlands. The interview is transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy. All the transcriptions and recordings are only in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are in the file. They include: "Maria was the first female pastor of the Dutch Roman Catholic radio station and she is currently a member of the governing council of the archdiocese of Utrecht. She got to know Henri mostly because he and her husband, Louis ter Steeg, were friends. She did not believe she had much to contribute to the project, but I found her observations very useful. She made a few suggestions as to why Henri was not much respected by some of his fellow priests in the Utrecht diocese. The one she stressed is that his socio-economic background set him apart. Where many of his fellow priests were lower or lower middle class, Henri was from an upper middle class to higher class family. She also made interesting comments about his attachment to Daybreak; she thought it may have been the first place where Henri made real connections with people. Her mother was a good friend of Henri's mother and Maria talked a little bit about what her mother had told her about Henri's family".

Interview with George Thelus

File consists of an interview with George Thelus interviewed by Maureen Wright and Wendy Lywood (location unknown). Thelus was a core member of the L'Arche Daybreak community (Richmond Hill, ON) currently lives in a long term care facility in Richmond Hill, ON. Thelus often traveled with Nouwen when they both lived at L'Arche Daybreak. The interview is not transcribed.

Interview with Parker J. Palmer

File consists of an interview with Parker J. Palmer interviewed by Sue Mosteller at the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, MI. Palmer is a writer and teacher living in Madison, WI. Parker met Nouwen when they were panelists on spirituality for the Lily Endowment, a private philanthropic foundation in Indianapolis, ID. Palmer recalls retreats at the Mercy Centre, St. Benedict Center and New Haven, teaching Nouwen about Quaker practices and Nouwen's 25th anniversary ordination celebration. Themes present in Palmer's interview include Pendle Hill (Wallingford, PA), Berkeley University in the 1960s, adoption, grandparents, depression, Nouwen's sexuality, Nouwen and finances and Nouwen's legacy. The interview is transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy.

Interview with Pat Parry

File consists of an interview with Pat Parry [Sibley] interviewed by Joe Vorstermans at Parry's home in Alfred Station, NY. Parry is a professor of English at Alfred University, NY. Parry met Nouwen while on sabbatical from Alfred University at Yale Divinity School and developed a lifelong friendship with him. Parry recalls meeting Nouwen's parents, celebrating Easter Sunday Mass and visiting in The Netherlands, at the Sibley family and the Nouwen home in Lausanne, Switzerland. Themes present in Parry's interview include racial issues, Hiroshima, traveling, Pendle Hill (Wallingford, PA) and John Mogabgab. The interview is transcribed and is available electronically or in hard copy.

Interview with Cardinal Adrianus Simonis

File consists of an interview with Cardinal Adrianus Simonis interviewed by Peter Naus in The Netherlands. The print of Cardinal Simonis is from the shoulder up wearing his clerical collar; the background is blurry. The interview is transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy. All recordings and transcriptions are in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are available in the file. They include: "I was pleasantly surprised the Cardinal decided to keep the appointment for the interview, despite having returned from Rome a couple of days before. I wonder if Maria ter Steeg put in a good word for me. At any rate, the interview went well, except it was a little rushed because the Cardinal arrived late and had an appointment immediately following our session. He was self-assured and did not hesitate to give his opinion on Henri and his publications. He is no fan of the latter, although his comments about Henri were rather positive! I prompted him to talk at some length about the changes in Dutch Roman Catholicism after the Second Vatican Council, because these changes are part of the context in which Henri decided to leave Holland for good. The Cardinal has a reputation of being rather conservative - he prefers to call it 'orthodox' - and the interview illustrates it rather well. He was quite amiable and willing to participate in the project".

Interview with Marcie Taylor

File consists of an interview with Marcie Taylor interviewed by Gabrielle Earnshaw (location unknown). Taylor lives in Richmond Hill, ON and is a social worker and head of the Pastoral Team at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON). Taylor was a member of the L'Arche Daybreak community with Nouwen since 1991 and helped to found Spirit Movers. Taylor recalls Nouwen's vulnerability, his many friendships, Nouwen's 60th birthday party, Nouwen's uselessness at regular tasks and praying with Nouwen. Themes present in Nouwen's interview include the mother figure, death, marital problems, homelessness, Habitat for Humanity, Adam Arnett, her decision to go to L'Arche Daybreak and the Dayspring Pastoral Team. A letter from Taylor to Joe Vorstermans is in the file thanking Vorsterman for being able to participate in the project. The interview is transcribed and is available in hard copy.

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