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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Series
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Sound Recordings series

Series consists of eleven audio cassettes of lectures and retreats given by Nouwen from 1985 to 1994. Specifically, there are two audio cassettes from a ALT Brugge Retreat on the topics of Prayer and Reconciliation. There are two audio cassettes which contain a Mass given by Nouwen on Compassion. There is one audio cassette titled "La Visitation" and another titled "Francais – Homelie – Houietie". There are also five audio cassettes of Nouwen leading a seminar on the Gospel of St. John while he was at L'Arche Trosly-Breuil.

Photographs series

Series consists of one audio compact disc dated April 19, 2008. The CD contains photos taken of L'Arche, including photos of Jean Vanier, Henri Nouwen, Barbara Swanecamp, L'Arche Trosly Breuil, Père Thomas, Pope John Paul II, core members, and assistants. CD was created for the memorial service of Barbara Swanecamp.

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.

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.

Covenant Retreats

Series consists of 248 audio cassettes made during Covenant Retreats. L’Arche recognized that the word “Covenant” is close to describing the spirituality of the organization; that God wanted to ‘make a covenant’, a bond and commitment to the people of Israel. For assistants that begin to see l’Arche as a vocation, and want to make a longer term commitment and see themselves being called to be at l’Arche by God, there are retreats that support them in that spirituality. These Covenant Retreats provide a space for those that have announced, or are considering, their Covenant and provide support for those Assistants. The Covenant Retreats happen about once a year in Europe and North America where most of the l’Arche communities are, and happen less frequently in India, Central America, South America, Africa, India, etc.

Faith and Sharing

Series consists of 103 audio cassettes and 15 videocassettes made during Faith and Sharing events. <p>The Faith and Sharing Federation /Foi et Partage is a bilingual Catholic organization with a mandate to deepen and foster the experience of Christian community through week long retreats. The principal function of the Faith and Sharing Federation is to organize annual retreats however they are also active during the year through local communities.</p> <p>The first Faith and Sharing retreat was held in Marylake, Ontario in 1968 and was led by Jean Vanier, A retreat is usually a five or seven day excursion to a retreat centre or church that consists of time for personal prayer, a presentation based on biblical scripture by one or more animators and group meetings where people can share their experiences. Mediation, relaxation and silence are a primary focus of the retreats; music and song are also considered important and there is often a theme song chosen for a retreat. There are

Federation meetings

Series consists of 40 audio cassettes made during Federation meetings of L'Arche International. The communities of l’Arche belong to the International Federation of l’Arche. This is the umbrella for all l’Arche communities around the world. There is an International l’Arche Board of Directors and International Council of l’Arche that organize, raise funds, and continue to keep the dynamism of all l’Arche communities in the world.

Many meetings happen at the level of the Federation – like International Board Meetings, International Council Meetings, Zone Meetings, International Retreats, and once every six years there is an International Federation Meeting with representatives from each of the 130 communities around the world. Elections for the International Council and Board take place at the Federation Meeting, as well as a celebration of new communities and introduction to the culture where the meeting is held. People with disabilities usually attend this meeting, and find it rich with meaning, lots of celebrations, and interesting learnings.

In 2012, the Federation Meeting will take place in Atlanta, GA, and will host around 300 people from around the world. The last meeting, in 2006, was held in Calcutta, India.

Assistants' Retreats and Meetings

Series consists of 169 audio cassettes and 7 videocassettes made during retreats and meetings given by and for assistants of L'Arche International. The assistants are those individuals that live and work in L'Arche communities and assist the core members. From email from Sr. Sue Mosteller, "L'Arche feels it's important to support those who live and work day in and day out in the homes with the people, so it calls them together for formation sessions, leadership training, and retreats for the spiritual journey. Because l'Arche is Ecumenical and Interfaith, the retreats are very beautiful with recognition of people's individual traditions and an attempt to find meaningful ways to pray and worship together. Often the meeting ends with a celebration of the Washing of the Feet - which symbolizes the serving and being served, the blessing and being blessed of each person in l'Arche."

L'Arche Renewals

Series consists of 242 audio cassettes made during l'Arche Renewal retreats. Renewal Retreats are part of an effort to support assistants that have lived for 10 years or more at l’Arche. These are organized by the l’Arche International Council. The assistants of 10 or more years are invited to come away for 10 weeks of conferences, sharing, a retreat, and an occasion to rest, pray, share, and learn about difference cultures and practices within l’Arche around the world. These events are very spiritual, and provide a great amount of support and enlightenment for those assistants.

Other events, talks, and speakers

Series consists of 838 audio cassettes and 15 videocassettes made during events or talks other than those designated by other series. Series also includes cassettes with talks by speakers at L'Arche events which are unidentified. These cassettes have been organized, when possible, by event or type of event, or by speaker (when only one speakers is present). There are also several cassettes of music that were likely used during retreats or events, as well as several commercial tapes of music and talks, that were collected by L'Arche Daybreak and kept for use by L'Arche members. <p>Series also includes the Tape Reference binder with a catalogue of cassettes that were kept at l'Arche Daybreak (box 56).

Audio Reels, Film Reels and Documentaries

Series consists of 78 audio reels, 8 film reels and 1 videocassette made during events given by l'Arche International. These reels are arranged chronologically whenever possible. The reels mostly feature Jean Vanier at various events, although other speakers are included. The events at which these were created are unknown, which is the reason these materials have been kept separate from the other series in this Collection.

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.

Meeting minutes and reports

Series consists of agendas, minutes, reports (including budgets and other financial statements), proposals, and other materials prepared for meetings of committees and groups within the New Catholic Times. Series is divided into the following sub-series: 1. Membership and Board of Directors' meetings 2. Publishing Group meetings 3. Staff meetings.

Correspondence

Series consists of letters from readers of the Catholic New Times and from staff at other publications, and carbon copies of letters of response from the editor and other members of the collective.

Working files

Series consists of files relating to special projects carried out by the members and staff of the New Catholic Times, including the development of a mission statement in 1993, a readership survey, the reorganization of the corporation's structure in 1989, and a proposal for purchasing street boxes from which to sell the newspaper. Series is arranged chronologically. A list of files is available.

Subject files

Series consists of newspaper clippings and photocopies of articles, press releases, newsletters, reports, one photograph, and other materials from organizations of interest or pertaining to issues of concern to New Catholic Times members and staff.

Audio-visual materials

Series consists of photographs of members and staff of the New Catholic Times, including negatives and contact prints, and a sound recording of a talk given by Monika Hellwig, LL.B., Ph.D., on Catholic Education. Photographs depict members, staff, and guests of the New Catholic Times working or posing at their desk, in meetings, or attending events including conferences or presentations, a picnic, a party, and a peace demonstration. A list of items is available.

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.

Community files

Series consists of correspondence files collected from a number of sources within Daybreak. Where possible, the source of the file has been identified in the file level description. The files document a wide range of activities and programs in the community.
The types of records include: incoming and outgoing correspondence re: community events and activities; minutes of meetings; research reports; newsletters and publications; articles and news clippings.
Subjects found in the series include: Dayspring II; training and retreats for assistants; Daybreak and L'Arche anniversaries; Jean Vanier events; Walkathon and other fund raising events: The Woodery and other work programs; spiritual life; Children’s Home project; admission of core members; and the administration of houses.
See file descriptions for more detailed content information.

Deceased Core Member files

Series consists of the key admission, personal documentation, program and medical records of Daybreak core members (residents).
The types of records include: personal documents (birth certificates, medical cards, passports, etc.); admission documents; member annual review reports; individual learning program reports; special event and unusual occurrence reports; incoming and outgoing correspondence with support professionals; medical/dental treatment forms and reports; medication records; financial and legal records.
Subjects found in the series include: Daybreak work programs; medical care; psychological and behavioral reporting.
See file descriptions for more detailed information.

Development Director files

Series consists of the records of the Development Director, charged with the responsibility for L'Arche Daybreak fundraising.
The types of records include: incoming and outgoing correspondence with donors, government agencies, and event venues; minutes of meetings; project and fundraising proposals; brochures and event promotional literature.
Subjects found in the series include: bequests and donations; special events, including fundraising events involving Jean Vanier; Dayspring II project; Daybreak information and promotional material.
See file descriptions for more detailed information.

Property files

Series consists of files relating to Daybreak property leasing or acquisition and property management.
The types of records include: proposals for establishment of homes, incoming and outgoing correspondence regarding leasing or purchase of properties and renovations in Richmond Hill and Toronto; lease and sale documents; property closing books; Ontario government funding applications; municipal planning documents; site plans and building floor plans.
Properties included in the series: Avoca House, Centre Street, 26 Church Street, 55 Church Street, Eagle Point, Grandview, Mill Street, Mortimer Avenue, New House, Pick House, Stephenson Crescent, and Wolverleigh.
See file descriptions for more detailed content information.

Homes Coordinator files

Series consists of correspondence and operations files of the Homes Coordinator. The Homes Coordinator was responsible for the overall direction and support of Heads of Houses, support and advocacy for core members.
The types of records include: minutes of meetings; internal reports; financial documents; regular operating reports of the Homes Coordinator; incoming and outgoing correspondence; forms and personnel documents.
Subjects found in the series include: staff management; budgets and financial management; and planning for homes.
See file descriptions for more detailed content information.

Director - Board of Directors files

Series consists of minutes of meetings and files of the L'Arche Daybreak (earlier named Friends of L’Arche) Board of Directors. The records document the origins and development of all Daybreak programs, facilities and projects.
The types of records include: copies of core corporate documents; minutes of meetings; internal and external research reports; audited financial statements; regular operating reports of the Director and Community Leaders; proposals for new programs and projects; incoming and outgoing correspondence regarding Board organization, Board membership, and fundraising activities.
Subjects found in the series include: acquisition and development of houses; property development; development of the Dayspring and Dayspring II initiatives; the Woodery, Daybreak Farm, and other work programs; employment of senior management staff; recruitment of Board directors; staff remuneration and benefits; Daybreak and L’Arche anniversaries; financial status; fundraising events; pastoral services and spiritual life; relationships with L’Arche on the regional, national and international levels.
See file descriptions for more detailed content information.

Director - Financial files

Series consists of the core financial records of Daybreak maintained by the L'Arche Daybreak Director, relating to auditing and annual reporting, grants, donations, and fundraising.
The types of records include: financial statements; applications for Ontario Government grants with supporting budgets; incoming and outgoing correspondence with auditors, donors and government agencies; minutes of meetings; program proposals; and fundraising proposals.
Subjects found in the series include: budgeting and financial status and reporting; Ontario Government grants; capital fundraising; bequests and donations.
See file descriptions for more detailed content information.

Director - General files

Series consists of the integrated files of all Daybreak directors/community leaders. The files document management activities at Daybreak, including Board reporting, strategic planning, supervision of programs, fundraising, liaison with government agencies and community organizations, and participation in the activities of L'Arche regionally, nationally, and internationally. The files contain significant reporting on the changing mandates and goals of Daybreak as represented by on-going discussion of community vision; community, administrative and leadership organization, and program initiatives.
The types of records include: incoming and outgoing correspondence; internal routine and special research reports; external consultants’ reports; minutes and notes of management meetings; communications from government agencies, community social service providers, and other L'Arche communities; legal documents; internal publications; articles and news clippings; policy and procedures manuals.
Subjects found in the series include: administration and program review and re-structuring; personnel and compensation policies; the training, organization and work of Daybreak assistants; planning for an aging Core Member population; community special events; operations of Daybreak Farm, The Woodery, and other community work programs, and Dayspring II.

The Daybreak Executive Directors/Community Leaders are:
1968-1975 Steve Newroth
1975-1980 Sue Mosteller
1980-1989 Joe Egan
1989-1990 Robin Hurst
1990-2000 Nathan Ball
2000-2005 Lydia Banducci
2005- Carl MacMillan

See file descriptions for more detailed content information.

Manuscripts

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.

Research and reference material

Series consists of bound and loose leaf research and reference notes handwritten and typed by Douglas Ellory Pett relating to his thesis and extensive research on the early Anglican sermons of John Henry Newman. Includes detailed bibliographic entries on published works; meticulous notes on biblical references used by Newman in his sermons; transcriptions of Newman's correspondence and archival records; as well as notes on contemporary accounts of Newman's preaching activities.

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.

Correspondence with Marshall McLuhan

Series consists of 12 letters to James Feeley from Marshall McLuhan. The letters are predominantly from 1962-1965, but there is one letter from 1977. The series also consists of five letters from Feeley to McLuhan between 1964 and 1965.

Administrative files

Series consists of 2 files of administrative records created and used by Feeley from 1966-1970. One file pertains to Feeley's position as Administrative Assistant for Explorations, the other consists of material related to microfilming some of McLuhan's articles and other material.

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.

Collected material for Biography

Series consists of material accumulated by Flahiff during the course of writing "Always Someone to Kill the Doves: A Life of Sheila Watson", published by NeWest Press, 2005.

Series consists of 4 sub-series:

  1. Collected letters
  2. Collected records from Wilfred Watson fonds
  3. Transcriptions of selected letters from Wilfred Watson fonds
  4. Finding Guides and Research Tools

Correspondence

Series consists of Laurent and Colette Potvins’ correspondence with members and representatives of the Roman Catholic Church and Papal Commission on Birth Control before and durring the Commission's meeting in the summer of 1966. Correspondence includes letters from Church representatives nominating and appointing the Potvins to the Commission; letters regarding background information about the Commission, its structure, composition and sub-sessions; and the drafting and production of reports for the Commission.

Research and reference material

Series consists of notes, reports, essays, pamphlets, articles and clippings created and accumulated by the Potvins in the course of their research surrounding birth control and the Papal Commission on Birth Control. Some material was mailed to the Potvins by birth control and contraception specialists. It is unknown if the material was sent to all members of the Commission, if these reports were requested by the Potvins in preparation for their participating in the Commission, or if the material was collected for their general research.

Session reports and presentations

Series consists of documents and reports presented to the members of the Papal Commission during the 1966 meeting of the commission. The 1966 meeting was divided into eight sessions:

1.) A – Session Theologique I (April 13 – 28, 1966),
2.) B – Session Theologique – Medicale (May 2-6, 1966),
3.) C – Session Demographique I (May 4 -7, 1966)
4.) D - Session Pastorale (+rhythme) (May 9-14, 1966)
5.) E - Session Theologique II (May 23 – 28, 1966)
6.) F - Session Demographique II (June 1-4, 1966)
7.) G - Session Pleniere (June 5-8, 1966)
8.) Session des Membres: cardinaux, eveques et prêtres (June 20-25, 1966).

Also included are documents and reports created and presented by the members of the Papal Commission.

Files within the series are organized based on session and presentation order within the session.

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.

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