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Notes for Reaching out

File consists of a hard-bound volume of typed and handwritten notes entitled, "Miscellaneous Notes". They appear to have been collected by Nouwen for the purpose of developing an early draft of "Reaching Out". They include typed lecture notes, handouts and reading notes, which Nouwen used in his courses, Pastoral Care, Christian Spirituality, Thomas Merton, and Ministry and Spirituality. The bound volume contains a table of contents which divides the material into eight sections. They are:

  • 'Care and Consolation' (34 pages of typed lecture notes from Nouwen's 1974 course on Pastoral Care)
  • 'Sexuality' (8 pages of notes)
  • 'On the Jesus Prayer' (2 pages of notes)
  • 'On Community' (6 pages of notes)
  • 'From Illusion to Prayer' (8 pages of notes)
  • 'Intimacy' (13 pages of handwritten notes dispersed throughout the bound volume)
  • 'On Memory' (76 pages of typed and handwritten notes, typed diary entries and sermons)
  • 'On Religious Experience' (62 pages of reading notes and meditations)
    In addition to Nouwen's handwritten reading notes on the above subjects, there are also typed lecture notes by Nouwen, as well as several handouts, such as excerpts from Chaim Potok's "My Name is Asher Lev", "A Flower Does not Talk" by Abbot Zenkei Shibayama and an excerpt from "Religion in America", entitled, 'Jim'. There are two typescripts of a commencement address by Nouwen for the Seminary College of Our Lady of Providence (Warwick, RI), entitled, "Ministry as Revealing and Affirming", dated May 30, 1974. Also, there are many typed excerpts of Nouwen's diary from his 1974 retreat at the Abbey of the Genesee (Piffard, NY).
    This volume was most likely bound between 1975 and 1976, possibly while Nouwen was at the Abbey of the Genesee.

Travel journal from Ireland

File consists of a red exercise book containing a journal about Nouwen's trip to Ireland. Parts of this journal were published in articles about Ireland in 1956. Journal starts with an entry from August 15th. There also are reading notes in the journal, and notes on conversations. Some notations are in English. Mentioned in the journal are Neil O'Duffy (with reference to storytelling and fairy tales, local history, and customs), and other storytellers, with some notes on Irish tales. Also included are notes in English about synthetic coffee, with some of these notes in English.

Writings on Ireland

File consists of a spiral-bound notebook with handwritten prose by Henri Nouwen, possibly in part or whole draft of articles on Ireland.

Drafts of Genesee diary

File consists of two typescripts of "The Genesee Diary", contained in four hard-bound volumes. Folders (1) to (3) contain a three volume, early typescript with the working title, "On Retreat". Folder (1) contains volume I, with journal entries from June 2, 1974, to July 31, 1974. Folder (2) contains volume II, with journal entries from August 1, 1974, to September 30, 1974. Folder (3) contains volume III, with journal entries from October 1, 1974, to December 25, 1974.
Folder (4) contains a bound typescript of the "Genesee Diary", that was likely one of the final drafts of the book before it went to print (between 1975 and 1976).

Drafts of Clowning in Rome

File consists of copies of four typescripts of lectures given by Nouwen at the North American College (Rome, Italy), that were published as "Clowning in Rome". The typescripts are entitled, 'Celibacy', 'Unceasing Prayer', 'Contemplation and Ministry' and 'Solitude and Community'. This text is also simply referred to in the Publisher Files as, "the circus book".

Drafts of In Memoriam

File consists of a manuscript and typescript of "In Memoriam". Draft (1) is a copy of the original manuscript, using the title, "Remember in your prayers Maria Nouwen-Ramselaar, wife of Professor L. J.M. Nouwen: Born in Amersfoort, September 3, 1906; Died in Nijmegen, October 9, 1978; Buried in Geysteren, October 14, 1978", and contains a typed title page and introduction. It was written five months after Maria Nouwen's death for private circulation. Draft (2) is a soft-bound typescript, and was also likely intended for private circulation amongst family and friends.

Draft of In Memoriam

File consists of a hard-bound typescript of the Italian translation of "In Memoriam" by Ada Tavianini Palieri. It is not known if this translation was published.

Drafts of A cry for mercy

  • CA ON00389 F4-1-1-21-1, 21-2, 21-3
  • File
  • February - August 1979
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of three early typescripts of "A Cry for Mercy", entitled, "Prayers: Abbey of the Genesee, February 18th - August 15th, 1979". Folder (1) contains draft (1), which is a soft-bound unedited typescript; Folder (2) contains draft (2), which is a hard-bound typescript edited in blue pencil crayon, likely by Nouwen's editor; Folder (3) contains draft (3), which is a hard-bound typescript, also edited, but in pencil and in several different hands.

Drafts of Downward mobility

File consists of three draft typescripts of "Downward Mobility: Vocation, Temptation and Formation in Ministry". It is likely this typescript is based on a talk given by Nouwen at the 1980 Zabriskie Lecture at the Virginia Seminary. The paper was later published in The Virginia Seminary Journal (1980). It was also published in a three-part series in Sojourners (1981).
Folder (1) contains draft (1), which is an original typescript with a handwritten title page and other annotations by Nouwen. Folder (2) contains draft (2), which is a typescript annotated by an editor for British publication and includes typed notes from the editor to Nouwen. It appears that Nouwen was preparing to have this typescript published. Folder (3) contains a hard-bound typescript of the text.

Drafts of A letter of consolation

File consists of three typescripts of "A Letter of Consolation". Folder (1) contains draft (1), which is a hard-bound typescript entitled, "Dear Father: A Letter of Consolation". Although Nouwen wrote the original letter to his father six months after his mother's death, it is likely this typescript was bound as an early draft for circulation and comments. Folder (2) contains a hard-bound typescript copy of draft (1), and includes a note with editorial remarks from Don Postema. Folder (3) contains draft (3), which is a copy-edited typescript of "A Letter of Consolation", and includes a note from Harper and Row copy-editor Shelley Thatcher, as well as a composition order by Catherine Hopkins and Tom Dorsaneo of the Religious Production Department at Harper and Row.

Drafts of Compassion

  • CA ON00389 F4-1-1-24-1, 24-2, 24-3, 24-4, 24-5
  • File
  • 1977 - 1980
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of typescripts of "Compassion". Folder (1) contains draft (1), which is an early hard-bound typescript entitled, "The Spirituality of Compassion: Thirty Reflections" (June, 1977). It was not intended for publication. Folder (2) contains a typescript of 'Chapter VII: Patience' (May, 1979). Folder (3) contains draft (2), which is a soft-bound typescript entitled, "Compassion: Ministry and Spirituality" and is based on the text of a course given by Nouwen at the Gregorian University (Rome, Italy), from February to May, 1978. Folder (4) contains draft (3), which is a hard-bound typescript entitled, "Compassion: A Meditation on the Christian Life" (1978), by Nouwen, Donald McNeill and Douglas Morrison. Folder (5) contains draft (4), which is a hard-bound typescript entitled, "Compassion: Reflections on the Christian Life" (1980), by Nouwen, McNeill and Morrison. Drafts (2), (3) and (4), feature drawn illustrations by Dr. Joel Filartiga.

Drafts of Gracias!

  • CA ON00389 F4-1-1-25-1, 25-2, 25-3, 25-4, 25-5, 25-6
  • File
  • 1981-1983
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of one partial, two complete typescripts and one galley proof of "Gracias!" Folders (1) and (2) contain draft (1), which is an early typescript with a handwritten title page. Folders (3) to (4) contain draft (2), which is a typescript of Latin American journal entries, from October 18, 1981, to March 29, 1982. Folder (5) contains draft (3), which is a partial typescript with some handwritten pages. Folder (6) contains a copy of edited galley proofs

Drafts of A spirituality of peacemaking

  • CA ON00389 F4-1-1-26-1, 26-2, 26-3, 26-4, 26-5, 26-6, 26-7, 26-8, 26-9, 26-10, 26-11
  • File
  • 1982-1984
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of a manuscript and six complete typescripts and four partial typescripts of "A Spirituality of Peacemaking", also using the working title, "A Spirituality of Peacework". Folder (1) contains draft (1), which is a copy of a manuscript (October 1982). Folders (2) to (6) contain drafts (2) to (6), which are typescripts with remarks from various readers (1983), including:

  • Robert Durback
  • John Mogabgab
  • Peggy Ellsberg
  • Gail Stockholm
  • Unknown reader [Gene K. Hoffman?]
    Folders (7) to (9) contain partial typescripts of various revised versions of the text (between 1983 and 1984). Folder (7) contains first revisions to the Introduction and Chapter 2, Sections I and II. Folder (8) contains second revisions to the Introduction, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2, Sections II and III. Folder (9) contains third revisions of the Introduction and Chapter 1. Folder (10) contains a copy-edited typescript of Chapter 2 (1984?). Folder (11) contains draft (7), which is a complete typescript (1984?).

Letters regarding A spirituality of peacemaking

File consists of fourteen letters from various readers of a draft of "A Spirituality of Peacemaking", sending their editorial responses. Includes letters from:

  • Dean Hammer
  • Art Laffin
  • Cindy (Antal?)
  • Ed Bednar
  • Claude Pomerleau
  • Alfred J. Sciarrino, Attorney at Law
  • Bob Durback
  • Gene K. Hoffman
  • Gail Stockholm
  • Robert T. Heller, Executive Editor, Doubleday
  • Bob Antonelli
  • Don Mosley (including a copy of his letter to President Jimmy Carter regarding the manuscript, and a brochure for Jubilee Partners)
    File also includes a page of notes (not by Nouwen), summarizing some readers' responses.

Photographs for A spirituality of peacemaking

File consists of photographs of illustrations by Channing Theime intended to be used in "A Spirituality of Peacemaking", using the working title, "Peace Work". Photographs include three photographs of drawings of Nouwen and five print proofs ("stats") of drawings related to sections and chapters of "Peace Work". File includes a letter from Theime, a photocopy of a rough illustration for the book jacket, and photocopies of the five illustrations with notes explaining their connection to each section of the book attached. File also includes an envelope and receipt for the photograph of the drawing of Nouwen, made out to Theime.

Photograph for A spirituality of peacemaking

Item consists of a photographs of black and white drawings of Henri Nouwen by Channing Theime. The drawings feature Nouwen's profile. He appears to be talking and his hands are gesturing in front of him.

Drafts of Love in a fearful land

File consists of three typescripts of "Love In a Fearful Land". Folder (1) contains draft (1), which is a copy of the first draft typescript using the working title, "No Greater Love: A Guatemalan Story". Folder (2) contains draft (2), which is the fifth draft typescript using a different working title, "In His Place: A Guatemalan Story". Folder (3) contains draft (3), which is an annotated version of the fifth draft typescript, a copy of this version, and a three-page, handwritten conclusion by Nouwen.

Notes by Nouwen for Love in a fearful land

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen made during his trip to Guatemala and in preparation for a retreat at L'Arche Trosly-Breuil, on the text of "Love In a Fearful Land", and on what work is left to be done in preparation for publication. File includes many photocopied newspaper clippings and other collected materials used by Nouwen for the book. File also includes, a handwritten letter to Peter Weiskel, Nouwen's administrative assistant, and copies of letters, articles and more handwritten notes compiled for Weiskel to check quotations used by Nouwen.

Notes by Peter Weiskel for Love in a fearful land

File consists of handwritten notes by Peter Weiskel, Nouwen's administrative assistant, in preparation for the publication of "Love In a Fearful Land". The notes pertain to telephone conversations regarding the book, editorial changes, quotations that require verification, and photograph selection. File also includes a letter from Weiskel to Nouwen.

Letters regarding Love in a fearful land

File consists of handwritten and typed correspondence regarding "Love In a Fearful Land", between Nouwen and his administrative assistant, Peter Weiskel, and:

  • Bishop Charles A. Salatka
  • Franz and Gertrude Rother
  • Sr. Marita Rother
  • Frankie Williams
  • Frank J. Cunningham, Editor, Ave Maria Press
  • Doug Johnson
  • Fr. David Monahan
  • Frank Hamilton
  • Ted (C.E.) McGee
    File also includes invoices for reproductions of photographs used as illustrations in the book.

Drafts of Lifesigns

File consists of a photocopy of draft manuscripts of the Introduction, Chapter 1 ('Intimacy'), and part of Chapter 2 ('Fecundity'). Also includes an original handwritten manuscript for Section 2 of Chapter 2. File also includes a folder with notes possibly related to the manuscripts.

Photographs for Behold the beauty of the Lord

File consists of three photographs depicting a painting of an icon for use in "Behold the Beauty of the Lord". Two photographs depict the painting displayed on a easel, with grass and/or trees in the background, while the third photograph is a close-up of the painting. File also includes a blank photo card featuring a photograph entitled, "Restoration", and envelopes and a business card from Sooter's (Richmond Hill, ON).

Photograph for Behold the beauty of the Lord

Item consists of a photograph of a close-up of a painting of an icon featuring Mary and baby Jesus.This photograph appears to have been cut from a larger page of photographs, as there is an uneven line at the bottom edge. The photograph was used in Nouwen's book, Behold the Beauty of the Lord.

Photograph card for Behold the beauty of the Lord

Item consists of a blank photo card featuring a photograph entitled, "Restoration." The photograph features a table with a table cloth, a lit candle, a brown and grey chalice, and a plate with a loaf of bread. An open book can be seen resting on the table behind the bread. Metal folding chairs can be seen in the background.

Drafts of Letters to Marc about Jesus

  • CA ON00389 F4-1-1-36-1, 36-2, 36-3, 36-4, 36-5, 36-6, 36-7, 36-8, 36-9, 36-10, 36-11, 36-12, 36-13, 36-14, 36-15, 36-16, 36-17, 36-18, 36-19
  • File
  • 1986-1988
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of partial manuscripts and typescripts of "Letters to Marc About Jesus". Folders (1) to (9) contain Dutch transcripts, drafts (1) to (8), as well as cover letters (and some other correspondence), and original and photocopied partial manuscripts (and copies). Several of these drafts were sent to Nouwen's publishers, Herman Pijfers and Lieven Sercu, and to his nephew, Marc van Campen. Folders (10) to (19) contain English typescripts, drafts (8) to (18), some correspondence, and some editorial remarks from Conrad Wieczorek, Robert Tesche, and others, as well as handwritten annotations by Nouwen.

Drafts of The road to Daybreak

File consists of draft typescripts (typed and computer-processed) and partial manuscripts of sections of "The Road to Daybreak", many with handwritten annotations by Nouwen, as well as editorial remarks from a number of different readers. The readers include Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant; Michael Plante; Sr. Sue Mosteller; and Nathan Ball. File also includes some correspondence and notes directly related to the drafts.

Notes by Nouwen for The road to Daybreak

File consists of notes by, or accumulated and annotated by, Nouwen in the process of preparing "The Road to Daybreak". File includes several copies of the notes and an original folder.

Notes by Peter Weiskel for The road to Daybreak

File consists of notes by Peter Weiskel, Nouwen's administrative assistant, and Phil Zaeder, in the process of preparing "The Road to Daybreak. File consists of a notebook with several loose pages (including a copy of a letter to Nouwen), and notes of entries sent to Herder in September, 1988.

Drafts of The road to Daybreak for New Oxford Review

File consists of correspondence and partial typescripts of "The Road to Daybreak" intended for publication in the New Oxford Review (Berkeley, CA). Folder (1) contains a typed note from Nouwen to Joe Egan and Sr. Sue Mosteller; a letter from Dale Vree, Editor, New Oxford Review; and a copy of a typed and signed letter from Nouwen to Vree. Also, typescripts of three portions of "The Road to Daybreak" to be published in the May, June and July, 1987, issues of the New Oxford Review. Folder (2) contains portions of "The Road to Daybreak" corrected by Nouwen. Folder (3) contains portions of "The Road to Daybreak" corrected by both Nouwen and Peter Weiskel.

Photographs and images for The road to Daybreak

  • CA ON00389 F4-1-1-43-1, 43-2, 43-3, 43-4, 43-5, 43-6, 43-7, 43-8, 43-9
  • File
  • August 1985 - April 1986
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of photographs (including negatives and slides), and images (such as cards, postcards and pamphlets), accumulated by Nouwen during his travels and used in preparation for "The Road to Daybreak". Also included are envelopes annotated with explanations of the photographs and other images.

Drafts of Heart speaks to heart

File consists of a manuscript of the three prayers published in "Heart Speaks to Heart", including a note to Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant, from Nouwen. File also includes an early typescript of the Prologue, and a revised typescript of the complete text.

Drafts of Theology as doxology

  • CA ON00389 F4-1-1-46-1, 46-2, 46-3, 46-4, 46-5, 46-6, 46-7, 46-8, 46-9
  • File
  • 1985-1988
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of nine folders of original and photocopied manuscripts and typescripts of "Theology as Doxology", arranged by approximate date. File includes letters from various readers, including:

  • Fr. John Eudes, of the Abbey of the Genesee (Piffard, NY)
  • Sr. Annice Callahan, of Regis College (Toronto, ON)
  • Michael A. Fahey, Dean of Theology, University of St. Michael's College (Toronto, ON)
  • Barbara G. Wheeler, Auburn Theological Seminary (New York, NY)
  • John S. Mogabgab, Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life (Nashville, TN)
    File also includes a copy of a typed letter and a copy of a handwritten letter from Nouwen to Wheeler, and a note from Nouwen to Connie Ellis, his administrative assistant.

Drafts of L'Arche and the world

File consists of four draft typescripts, each containing three previously published articles, likely being prepared for a combined publication entitled, "L'Arche and the World". The articles include, "The Peace that is Not of this World", "Holding Ground" and "Given to the World". Draft (1) is heavily annotated in an unknown hand. Draft (4) has been signed and dated by Nouwen. This text has likely never been published in its entirety.

Drafts of Holding ground

File consists of three draft typescripts of "Holding Ground", a talk Nouwen gave at St. Mary's Seminary, University of Baltimore. Themes in the paper include peacemaking and social action. The edited draft was incorporated into the larger work "L'Arche and the World."

Drafts and notes for Mary, mother of the priest

File consists of handwritten notes and a draft manuscript, as well as six draft typescripts of various revised versions of "Mary, Mother of the Priests", a talk given by Nouwen at St. Michael's Cathedral (Toronto, ON), on May 31, 1988. The talk was given for Toronto priests in celebration of the Marian year. File includes correspondence with Sr. Sue Mosteller and Rev. Brad H. Massman with their comments on the manuscript. File also includes a draft of the talk in preparation for its publication by the Archdiocese of Toronto. Annotations on drafts (4) and (6) indicate that Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant, typed the final drafts.

Draft of Life of the Beloved

File consists of one draft of The Life of the Beloved by Nouwen. This draft contains two copies of a letter from Nouwen from September 27, 1991 on Daybreak letterhead, in which Nouwen explains why he wrote the manuscripts and what Fred Bratman thought of it. Nouwen writes "Fred was quite positive about the manuscript and felt that much of what I had written was very helpful, but he also was very clear that the manuscript presupposed too much and that many important questions secular people have were not touched at all." For this reason, Nouwen says that he has decided to do a lot more work on the manuscript, and he informs the readers of the letter that "the book will take a lot more work to finish and that I am committed to doing it."

Draft of Life of the Beloved

File consists of one draft of The Life of the Beloved by Nouwen. This draft contains annotations and editing notes by Conrad Wieczorek. The cover page of this draft lists the title as "Taken - Blessed - Broken - Given", which has been crossed out and "The Life of the Beloved" has been written in pencil. The word 'Communion' has also been written, but is also crossed out.

Draft of Life of the Beloved

File consists of one draft of The Life of the Beloved by Nouwen. This draft incorporates the editing done by Conrad Wieczorek.

Drafts of The Return of the Prodigal Son

File consists of typescripts and galley proofs of "The Return of the Prodigal Son". Folder (1) contains a bound office copy of the fourth draft typescript entitled, "A Dreadful Mercy" or "A Dreadful Love", with the subtitle, "A Meditation on a Rembrandt Painting". Folders (2) to (4) contain four photocopies of galley proofs of the text sent from Doubleday (some are annotated with editorial remarks).

Notes for The Return of the Prodigal Son

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen for "The Return of the Prodigal Son", including two copies of a typescript of acknowledgements for "Canvas of Love", notes in another hand (possibly by Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant), comments on the text by Brad Colby, and print proof of the title page.

Letters regarding The Return of the Prodigal Son

File consists of letters from various readers regarding "The Return of the Prodigal Son", including:

  • Esther de Waal
  • Bill Barry, Doubleday
  • James Purdie
  • Sr. Sue Mosteller
    File also includes a copy of a typed letter to Purdie from Nouwen, and an original typed and signed letter to Conrad Wieczorek, from Nouwen.

Circus manuscript

File consists of typed drafts of chapters one and two of the Circus Diary manuscript. File includes pages of handwritten notes by Nouwen for the chapters and notes about the Flying Rodleighs.

The Flying Rodleighs - The Circus

File consists of a typed draft titled "The Flying Rodleighs - The Circus" which is 32 pages long. In it, Nouwen describes his first visit to the Circus Barum and his fascination with the trapeze artists. This draft contains notes from tapes 1 and 2, so this is likely a transcript of an early audio recording of Nouwen's thoughts. The last sentence reads: "So I hope I have said most of the things I wanted to say about it so I can remember them later when I reflect on it again."

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