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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Subseries
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Annual reports on the Regions

Sub-series consists of annual reports from Region 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7. Also includes pamphlets regarding local retreats and meetings and a booklet celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Faith and Sharing community in the Quebec region.

Documents describing the spirit, the structure and the format of retreats

Sub-series consists of documents regarding the organisational structure of the Faith and Sharing Federation, the spirit of the Faith and Sharing movement and a guide describing the format of the Faith and Sharing retreats. The majority of the documents are in two sets of the documents, one written in French and the other in English. Only a French copy of the 2010 Faith and Sharing Organization Structure was provided at the time of donation.

Books about Nouwen

Sub-series consists of four books written between 1985 and 1994 about Nouwen or containing a chapter about Nouwen. The two books written in 1994 represent student theses-like material on Nouwen's life. The other two books reflect on the lives of many individuals; Nouwen is represented in one chapter of each book. The books have been described at the item level.

Books contributed to by Nouwen

Sub-series consists of books written between 1974 and 1996 of which Nouwen co-authored, contributed a chapter, provided excerpts from his previously published works, or was interviewed. As well, Nouwen also provided introductions, forewords, prefaces, and recommendations to many books also included in this subseries. In addition to the books are photocopies of Nouwen's contributions to two other books not owned by the Archives. Paper notes and inscriptions within the books suggest that many of the books were given to Nouwen from the authors or publishers.

Books by Nouwen

Sub-series consists of hard and soft cover books or booklets written by Nouwen or containing Nouwen's words, published between 1969 and 1996. The Archives has a variety of editions, printings and translations of his books. It is not certain how Nouwen obtained most of the English versions since, other than a handful of presentation copies, few were personally inscribed to him. Although it may be presumed that some were publisher gifts, since many of the books still have their price tags, it is possible that they were purchased by Nouwen or his associates.

Scrapbook 1965 -1982

  • CA ON00389 F4-9-6
  • Subseries
  • 1965 - 1975, predominant 1970 - 1972
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of originals and photocopies of published articles written by Nouwen, about Nouwen, about his books, or kept by Nouwen between 1965 and 1982. A pen and ink sketch of Nouwen by Prof. Bainton during a lecture in 1972 is found at p. 35. All articles are described to the item level except for an article by A.C. Ramselaar, Nouwen's uncle, and the book reviews which are described at the file level. The book reviews include those for Intimacy, Bidden om het leven, Creative ministry, Een levende heenwijzing, and Met open handen.

Scrapbook 1956, 1958

Sub-series consists of four original published articles written by Nouwen in 1956 and 1958. All articles are described to the item level. Two articles are copies of those found in the other scrapbooks. It appears that Nouwen prepared this scrapbook while studying at Nijmegen (1957-1964) and gave it to his mother in July 1975.

Scrapbook 1956-1965

  • CA ON00389 F4-9-5
  • Subseries
  • 1956 - 1965, predominant 1956 - 1958
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of original published articles written and cowritten by Nouwen, about Nouwen or of interest to Nouwen between 1956 and 1965. A majority of the articles are dated between 1956 and 1958 with others being undated and one article by Nouwen's uncle, Antonius (Toon) Ramselaar, written ca. 1965 (at p. 12). A photograph featuring a "Wayside Shine" in Dublin, Ireland is found on p. 8. All articles are described to the item level except for the two by Ramselaar.

Book reviews

  • CA ON00389 F4-9-4
  • Subseries
  • 1972 - 1996, predominant 1981 - 1996
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of published articles as well as bookstore advertising, and transcripts of radio reviews regarding Nouwen's books, audio cassettes, and booklets. Also included are book reviews mentioning Nouwen's forewords and a book of which Nouwen was a contributing author. The articles are in various formats including entire publications, clippings, and photocopies as originally saved by Nouwen. This sub-series contains only those articles which Nouwen or his office collected.
In an attempt to re-establish a system similar to that originated by Nouwen, the Archives created one file to represent each reviewed book, etc., combining the various translations for a single book in the single file. On occasion, articles were photocopied by the Archives staff should more than one of Nouwen's books be mentioned; the copies were distributed to the appropriate book review files.

Interviews of and articles about Nouwen

  • CA ON00389 F4-9-3
  • Subseries
  • 1974 - 1996, predominant 1983, 1987 - 1996
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of published articles representing interviews of and articles written about Nouwen between 1974 and 1996. The articles are in various formats including entire periodicals, offprints, clippings, and photocopies as originally saved by Nouwen. Specific publications include Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Catholic Times, Katholiek Nieuwsblad, Trouw, and Zaken die God raken. Articles from church newsletters and other sources with limited publication are also included. This sub-series does not contain all of the published interviews of and articles about Nouwen as is evident by several incomplete article series.

Articles co-authored by Nouwen

Sub-series consists of published articles co-written by Nouwen between 1970 and 1986. The articles are in various formats including entire periodicals, offprints, newsletters, clippings and photocopies. In addition to featuring unique writings including a book review, the articles also represent published material that has been excerpted, and reprinted from Nouwen's books, articles, and lectures. Specific books excerpted include Intimacy, Aging, and Compassion.

Guides

Sub-series consists of one leader's guide to Nouwen's book Letters to Marc about Jesus. The book was produced by the publisher of Nouwen's book as a learning aid. Through a series of questions and exercises it attempts to help the reader gain in their own spiritual life through Nouwen's book. The book has been described at the item level.

Articles by Nouwen

  • CA ON00389 F4-9-1
  • Subseries
  • 1960 - 1996, predominant 1974, 1976 - 1996
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of published articles written by Nouwen between 1960 and 1996. A majority of the articles are dated between 1975 and 1996 probably because in 1975 Nouwen began transferring the articles for storage at Yale. The articles are in various formats including entire periodicals, offprints, clippings, and photocopies as originally saved by Nouwen. Specific publications include Pastoral Psychology, Sojourners, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Feu et Lumiere, The New Oxford Review, National Catholic Reporter, Weavings, and Zaken die God raken. Articles from church newsletters and other sources with limited publication are also included. In addition to featuring unique writings, the articles also represent published material that has been excerpted, condensed, adapted and reprinted from Nouwen's books, articles, and conference speeches. This sub-series contains only those articles written by Nouwen which he collected and does not contain all of his published articles as is evident by several incomplete article series.
The files are arranged chronologically. Each file features one unique published article although photocopies of newspapers as well as business cards and letters indicating the source of the articles are also included. Each file/article has been described at the item level.

School certificates

Sub-series consists of eighteen documents certifying Nouwen's completion of courses, degrees and programmes.

Theology degree records

Sub-series consists of materials related to Nouwen’s time pursuing his doctoral (doctoraal) degree in Theology at Nijmegen University. It appears as though Nouwen received the degree conferred upon completion of the doctoral exams although his thesis was not accepted. Note of December 18, 2013: file 319 unequivocally suggests that Nouwen pursued a degree in psychology (or to be precise in the Social Sciences) in early 1971. See also file 329, box 290 which contains a more elaborate outline of the thesis in question.

Pre-Theology degree 1966 records

Sub-series consists of materials created by Nouwen, possibly in preparation for his doctoral degree in Theology. Sub-series contains two copies of Nouwen's diary from January 5 to February 21, 1966, during which time he visited several universities in the United States. This trip could possibly have been for research into schools for a potential doctoral program in Theology.

Menninger Clinic records

Sub-series consists of materials pertaining to Nouwen's fellowship at the Menninger Clinic (Topeka, KS), between 1964 and 1966, working in clinical pastoral education, writing and research. Sub-series includes his case study for the fellowship as well as Nouwen’s day book or diary following his immediate time after the clinic.

Psychology degree records

Sub-series consists of material relating to Nouwen’s time at Nijmegen University pursuing his Bachelor (candidaat) degree in Psychology. Much of the material is in Dutch and is undated. Sub-series also contains a file with administrative information pertaining to both of Nouwen’s degrees obtained at Nijmegen University.

Seminary records

Sub-series consists of essays and notes written by Nouwen during his time in the seminary. Nouwen spent 1950-1951 at the minor seminary at Apeldoorn, then spent 1951-1953 at the Diocesan Seminary in Rijsenburg, Holland, studying Philosophy, and 1953-1957 studying Theology. Nouwen was ordained on July 21, 1957.

Gymnasium records

Sub-series consists of essays written by Nouwen during his years at Gymnasium - a grammar school in the Netherlands for students aged 12 to 18 years who aim to attend university. Top students would learn Latin and Greek.

Administrative records

  • CA ON00389 F4-7-2
  • Subseries
  • 1966 - 1994, predominant 1983 - 1985
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of administrative materials relating to activities which Nouwen performed as a university professor within the administrative and social frameworks of the academic setting. This sub-series has been divided into sub-sub-series according to each academic institution, namely:

  1. University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, USA.
  2. Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
  3. Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
  4. Boston College, in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA.
    and,
  5. Regis College, the University of Toronto, Canada.
    It is highly likely that Nouwen created administrative records while a professor at the Joint Pastoral Institute of Amsterdam and the Catholic Theological Institute of Utrecht between 1968 - 1970. However, these records have not survived.

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

Cheque and deposit books

Sub-series consists of cheque and deposit books for some of Nouwen's banking accounts. Includes Nouwen's used cheque books with carbon copies from his Bank of Montreal accounts. Includes deposit books for two of Nouwen's Bank of Montreal accounts. Also includes a bank cheque record book from Nouwen's Connecticut Bank and Trust account. A summary of the activity in these accounts can be found on the account statements in the General Financial Files and the Personal Accountant Files.
The material has been arranged chronologically. Box 258 contains cheque books from October 1989 to August 1994 and deposit books from January 1987 to December 1992. Box 259 contains cheque books from September 1994 to September 1996 and deposit books from January 1993 to August 1995.

Expenses files

Sub-series consists of material regarding Nouwen's expenses. The files were started by Nouwen's staff after his arrival at L'Arche Daybreak in August 1986. Statements, invoices, and receipts (some with notes) were collected according to category and month. Categories included automobile, business meals, donations, food and entertainment, gifts to individuals, income tax payments, miscellaneous, office supplies, office supplies and equipment, personal, photocopies and photographs, postage/courier, promotion, purchase services, telephone, temporary help, and travel.
It is believed that the expenses files were filed with the General Financial Files during their active year. The files were arranged alphabetically by expense category and by month within each category. At the end of the year each category was bundled together and the General Financial File folders were reused. Therefore, the expenses files for 1995 and 1996 can be found in the General Financial Files and this sub-series consists of the expenses files from August 1986 to December 1994. They are arranged chronologically by year, alphabetically by category within each year, and chronologically by month within each category. The exception being 1986 where months August to December were bundled together.
Every month a summary of expenses was sent by Nouwen's office to Nouwen's personal accountant, Joe Sarno. These summaries can be found in the Personal Accountant Files and the General Financial Files. All expenses were also recorded in the Ledgers and can be found in the Ledgers sub-series.

Personal accountant files

  • CA ON00389 F4-6-3
  • Subseries
  • June 1981 - April 1995, predominant January 1989 - December 1994
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of material sent by Nouwen's personal accountant (Joe Sarno) to Nouwen's office at Daybreak in January 1996. Includes the 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994 income tax returns and supporting documentation. Also includes permanent reference material from Nouwen's retirement accounts, health insurance, 1995 Visa statements, and the US Internal Revenue Service.
Joe Sarno was Nouwen's personal accountant from the mid-1970s until April 1995. He was based in Connecticut and became Nouwen's accountant when Nouwen was at Yale Divinity School. Sarno was responsible for Nouwen's income tax returns, American bank accounts, credit cards, and retirement funds. It is assumed that he was responsible for the bulk of Nouwen's financial activities before Nouwen's move to L'Arche Daybreak in 1987. However, since legislation only requires records be kept for seven years, the majority of the records he sent to Daybreak only go back to 1989. Completing Nouwen's 1994 tax return was Sarno's last responsibility as Nouwen's accountant.
According to correspondence found in box 248 file 1438, Sarno sent two boxes of material to Nouwen's office containing income tax records and permanent reference material. The material was found in large manilla envelopes with Sarno's handwriting on the outside describing the envelopes' contents. The envelopes were bound with elastics and did not appear to have been opened since being sent to Nouwen's office in January 1996.

Ledgers

Sub-series consists of cash books and ledgers kept by Nouwen and his staff between December 1981 and April 1997. The cash books were used to keep track of Nouwen's daily expenses between September 1982 and June 1987. The ledgers were used to keep track of Nouwen's expenses chronologically and by categories between August 1986 and April 1997. Categories in the ledgers include automobile, business meals, donations, food and entertainment, gifts to individuals, income tax payments, miscellaneous, office supplies, office supplies and equipment, personal, photocopies and photographs, postage/courier, promotion, purchase services, telephone, temporary help, and travel. Nouwen staff members involved with the material include Peter Weiskel, Connie Ellis, Lydia Banducci and Margaret Sutton.

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.

General publisher files

  • CA ON00389 F4-5-9
  • Subseries
  • 1984 - 1995, predominant 1987 - 1991
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Sub-series consists of eighty files related to business dealings with publishers that Nouwen dealt with on an occasional basis. These files relate primarily to the publication of articles, requests to reprint passages from previously published books, articles and cassettes, requests for endorsements of books by other authors, and translation rights. In addition to business and personal correspondence, the files may contain business documents such as draft manuscripts of books, articles, endorsements and introductions, book cover mockups, signed contracts, royalty statements and publishers' catalogues. Of special note are the St. Anthony Press files which contain draft copies of the Jesus and Mary book and the homilies "Mary, Mother of the Suffering Jesus" and "Mary, Mother of the Priests", as well as the files "Novalis" which contain drafts of Nouwen's 1992 meditations for Passion Sunday and the First Sunday in Advent.

Verlag Herder files

Sub-series consists of fourteen files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Verlag Herder, a publishing company located in Freiburg, Germany. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen/his assistants and Franz Johna, Editor for Verlag Herder. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include A Cry for Mercy, Gracias, A Letter of Consolation, Aging, In Memoriam, Reaching Out, The Living Reminder, Clowning in Rome (also referred to as the Circus book), The Wounded Healer, The Way of the Heart, Behold the Beauty of the Lord (also referred to as the Icon book), Letters to Marc [about Jesus], The Road to Daybreak, In the Name of Jesus, The Return of the Prodigal Son (referred to as The Prodigal Son and Canvas of Love), Heart Speaks to Heart, Creative Ministry, Beyond the Mirror (referred to as A Glimpse Beyond the Mirror), Show Me the Way: Readings for Each Day of Lent (referred to as the Lenten book), The Life of the Beloved (also referred to as Becoming the Beloved), With Burning Hearts: A Mediation on the Eucharistic life (also referred to as the Eucharist book), Our Greatest Gift (also referred to as The Ultimate Gift and Dying Well/Caring Well), Here & Now and In the House of the Lord (referred to as In God's House - later published as Lifesigns), as well as Bob Durback's Seeds of Hope: A Henri Nouwen Reader and Returning: God's Love Call us Home (a Lenten booklet first published by Creative Communications).

Orbis Books files

Sub-series consists of seven files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Orbis Books, a publishing company located in Maryknoll, New York. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen or his assistants and Robert Ellsberg, Editor-in-Chief for Orbis Books. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include Walk with Jesus: Stations of the Cross (also referred to as I Walk with Jesus), Gracias, A Cry for Mercy: Prayers from the Genesee, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life, Love in a Fearful Land, and Ukrainian Journal.

Lannoo files

Sub-series consists of ten files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Lannoo, a publishing company located in Belgium. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen or his assistants and Lieven Sercu, publisher for Lannoo regarding translation. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include The Wounded Healer, Gracias, A Letter of Consolation, The Way of the Heart, Letters to Marc, In the Name of Jesus, Beyond the Mirror (also referred to as A Glimpse Beyond the Mirror), Life of the Beloved, Reaching Out, With Open Hands, The Genesee Diary, Heart Speaks to Heart, Here & Now, Behold the Beauty of the Lord (also referred to as Icon book), Clowning in Rome, Lifesigns, The Return of the Prodigal Son (also referred to as Canvas of Love), Aging, The Road to Daybreak, The Ultimate Gift (published as Our Greatest Gift and Ons dagelijjks brood), Our Daily Bread (published in English as With Burning Hearts).

Harper San Francisco files

Sub-series consists of fifteen files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Harper San Francisco, from (at various times) New York, Hagerstown, London, San Francisco, Cambridge, Philadelphia, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, St. Louis, Sydney. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen/his assistants and John B. Shopp, Editor. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include The Wounded Healer, Thomas Merton, Intimacy, Making All Things New, Gracias (also referred to as South American Diary), A Letter of Consolation (also referred to as Dear Father), The Way of the Heart, Letters to Marc about Jesus, In the Name of Jesus, Beyond the Mirror, The Life of the Beloved, Our Greatest Gift (also known as Dying Well/Caring Well and In the Hour of Our Death), and The Living Reminder.

Doubleday files

Sub-series consists of sixteen files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Doubleday, a publishing company located in New York, NY. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen or his assistants and Robert T. Heller, Editorial Director from 1982 to 1988 or Patricia Kossman, Senior Editor or William Barry, Associate Publisher for Doubleday. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include Lifesigns, The Return of the Prodigal Son (also referred to as Canvas of Love: Reflections on a Rembrandt), Compassion (also referred to as The Careful Embrace), In the House of the Lord (also referred to as Lifesigns),The Road to Daybreak, Reaching Out, The Genesee Diary, Clowning in Rome, The Wounded Healer, A Cry for Mercy, Creative Ministry, Aging, Downward Mobility, Peacemaking and The Inner Voice of Love (also referred to as Interrupted Love).

Darton Longman & Todd Ltd. files

Sub-series consists of eleven files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Darton Longman & Todd Ltd., a publishing company located in London, England. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen/his assistants and Teresa de Bertodano, Editor (1984-1989); Sarah Baird-Smith, Editorial Director (1989-1990); or Morag Reeve, Editor/Editorial Director for Darton Longman & Todd Ltd. (1990-1994). Of note is that in February 1989, Teresa de Bertodano joined Collins Publishers. Nouwen continued his business and personal association with her through this publishing company. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include In the Name of Jesus, Show Me the Way, Life of the Beloved, Lifesigns, Here and Now, The Return of the Prodigal Son (also referred to as The Prodigal Son), The Way of the Heart, Compassion, In the House of the Lord (published in the USA as Lifesigns), Behold the Beauty of the Lord, Letters to Marc about Jesus (also referred to as Letters to Marc), The Road to Daybreak (also referred to as Diary and L'Arche Diary and Journal), Beyond the Mirror (also referred to as A Glimpse Beyond the Mirror), and Time to Mourn Time to Dance, as well the Nouwen readers Seeds of Hope and Circles of Love (also referred to as Daily Readings) compiled by Bob Durback and John Garvey respectively.

Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Group files

Sub-series consists of seven files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Group, a publishing company located in New York, NY. In 1992 The Crossroad Publishing Company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herder & Herder and its parent company Verlag Herder of Freiburg, Germany. The Continuum Publishing Group, as of 1992, was a separate independent publishing enterprise.

Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen and his assistants and Robert T. Heller, Associate Publisher or Ulla Schnell, Rights Manager/Executive Vice President for Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Group. Of note is that Heller was Editorial Director of Doubleday until 1988 when he moved to Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Group. Nouwen continued his business and personal association with Heller through this publishing company. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include In the Name of Jesus, The Living Reminder, The Road to Daybreak, Seven Sorrows of Mary (unpublished?), Beyond the Mirror (also referred to as A Glimpse Behind the Mirror), Show Me the Way, Life of the Beloved, Lifesigns, Here and Now (also referred to as Living in the Presence), Ukrainian Diary, Paths booklets, The Return of the Prodigal Son (also referred to as The Prodigal Son), Reaching Out, Creative Ministry, The Wounded Healer.

Ave Maria Press files

Sub-series consists of five files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Ave Maria Press, a publishing company located in Notre Dame, Indiana. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen or his assistants and Eugene S. Geissler, Book Editor or Frank Cunningham, Editor for Ave Maria Press. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include In Memoriam, With Open Hands, Out of Solitude, Compassion, Love in a Fearful Land, and audio cassettes A Spirituality of Waiting, Aging and Ministry, Marriage and Ministry and Spirituality and the Family.

Official documents

Sub-series consists of official papers kept for legal, insurance and professional reasons, including immigration papers, and personal identification cards.

Family papers

Sub-series consists of papers Nouwen collected over the years relating to his family. Material has been organized in chronological order.

Personal papers

Sub-series consists of personal papers collected by Nouwen over his lifetime for sentimental reasons including mementos, ephemera, and materials relating to his childhood, career and his friends. Sub-series has been organized in chronological order.

Retreat and discernment notes

Sub-series consists of notes and notebooks written by Nouwen concerning his personal spiritual journey, including retreat and meeting notes, personal meditations and discernment notes.

Weekly calendars

Sub-series consists of Nouwen’s weekly appointment calendars from 1975 to 1996. Most contain ephemeral material (including personal notes, reminders, invitations and miscellaneous information) which has been removed and placed in separate envelopes.

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