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Samuel James Velupillai (S. J. V.) Chelvanayakam fonds

  • CA UTSC 014
  • Fonds
  • n.d., 1921, 1929-1930, 1933-1937, 1939-1940, 1944-1988

The fonds reflects Chelvanayakam’s career as a political leader of the Sri Lankan Tamil community, as well as documenting the daily operations of the Federal Party.

The fonds documents important political events in Sri Lanka from the 1950s to the 1970s and provides witness to the struggles faced by Sri Lankan Tamils.

The fonds also contains records relating to his family, background, and memorial material collected after his death by his wife, Emily Grace Chelvanayakam. The fonds is organized into three series and covers the periods of 1933-1937, 1939-1940, 1944-1988, with the bulk of the material being from the 1960s and 1970s.

Personal records include correspondence, personal items, financial and estate documentation, and other material. Professional records include office files, party records, correspondence, and documentation. Memorial material includes posters, newspaper clippings, and a book of condolences. The fonds is organized as follows:

  1. Personal material
    1.1. S. J. V. Chelvanayakam personal correspondence
    1.2. S. J. V. and Emily Grace Chelvanayakam correspondence
    1.3. Emily Grace Chelvanayakam correspondence
    1.4. Personal items
    1.5. Miscellaneous correspondence
    1.6. Miscellaneous family material
    1.7. Financial documents
  2. Professional material
    2.1. Professional files
    2.2. Professional correspondence
    2.3. Documentation
    2.4. Printed materials
    2.5. Ceylon Newspaper Limited/ The Sutantiran
    2.6. ITAK files
  3. Memorial material

Chelvanayakam, Samuel James Velupillai

Letters from Sister Mary E. O'Keefe OP

File consists of two letter from Sister Mary E. O'Keefe OP discussing her own near-death experiences and the publication of her mantra prayer reflections, 'Be Still' which acknowledges Nouwen in the introduction of the second edition. A copy of the prayer book is in the file.

Letter regarding OGNISKO

File consists of a letter from Piotr Wierzchoslawski writing from Poland to invited Nouwen to attend the OGNISKO conference for Faith and Light to be held in Krakow in March 1996. The letter was faxed to the offices of L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON).
A typed response letter from Nouwen is in the file which sends his regrets as he will be on sabbatical during the period of the conference.

Letter from Jo Ellen O'Hare

File consists of a letter from Jo Ellen O'Hare, an assistant at L'Arche Erie (Erie,PA) requesting a visit with Nouwen at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON) to discuss references to God as mother and father and the role of Mary as Jesus' mother.
The file includes a response letter from Nouwen indicating a visit to L'Arche Daybreak is not possible because of his sabbatical. Nouwen does address O'Hare's concerns however, indicating that calling God mother or father does not lessen one's devotion to Mary; he also sends O'Hare a booklet he wrote about Mary.

Letters from Pat O'Connor

File consists of three letters from Pat O'Connor responding to and thanking Nouwen for his books and discussing L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON) before and after her May 1995 visit.

Letter from Catalina Ochoa

File consists of a letter from Catalina Ochoa responding to 'Life of the Beloved' and requesting whether Nouwen could have the book published in Spanish. The letter was sent to Nouwen through The Crossroad Publishing Company.

Letter from The Nurturing Network

File consists of two letters from Mary Cunningham Agee writing on behalf of the Nurturing Network, an international charitable organization that responds to the immediate and comprehensive needs of a woman facing the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy located in Boise, ID. The letters thank Nouwen for his continuous support, especially in terms of their upcoming 10th anniversary celebrations and release of their first newsletter. A copy of the newsletter, 'Heart to Heart', is also in the file.

Letter from Northwest Wellness Conference for Seniors

File consists of one letter from Karen Dalton writing on behalf of the Northwest Wellness Conference for Seniors (Seaside, OR) to invite Nouwen to be the keynote and workshop speaker at their October 1995 conference. The letter was forwarded to Nouwen from ORBIS books.

Letter from Notre Dame D'Alliance Retreat Center

File consists of one letter from Sister Marie Goldstein writing on behalf of the Notre Dame D'Alliance Retreat Center, a pilgrim house in Jerusalem. The generic letter is addressed 'Dear Friend' inviting interested parties to attend a 15 day pilgrimage from through Jerusalem. A information pamphlet of the pilgrimage accompanies the letter.

Letter from Anne Noonan

File consists of a letter from Anne Noonan, writing from Australia. Noonan does spiritual direction and counselling with Wellsprings Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions an apostolic outreach based in Australia doing work throughout Asia. Noonan's letter is accompanied by a chapter from her doctoral dissertation 'Desert Spirituality: A Contemporary Approach to Being Contemplative in Action' with the intention that it may be of interest or use to Nouwen because of it similarity to 'Seeds of Hope'. Noonan's business card is also attached to the letter.

Letter from Mary Jo Norris

File consists of one letter from Mary Jo Norris responding to 'Life of the Beloved' and describing her own experience coming to know God.

Letters from Jim and Betsy Nicholls

File consists of two letters from Jim and Betsy Nicholls thanking Nouwen for his gift of books. One letter also discusses their work with Michael Harank and the Catholic Worker project at Martin De Porres House of Hospitality, a free restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch to the homeless in San Francisco, CA. The letter requests Nouwen's assistance in raising funds for the organization through a speaking engagement and is accompanied by several newsletters, newspaper clippings and pamphlets on the organization dating back to 1986.

Letters regarding The Newman Centre

File consists of Sunday Service pamphlets for the Newman Centre, a Roman Catholic Chaplaincy on the campus of the University of Toronto (Toronto, ON) and booklet entitled 'From Sion Shall Go Forth Instruction' by Thomas M. Rosica CSB; Rosica's business card is attached to the booklet indicating he is the Director and Campus Minister at The Newman Centre.

Letters from Claire H. Nollman

File consists of three letters from Claire H. Nollman responding to Nouwen's books and their assistance in her grief. The letters also discuss Nollman's involvement in TORCH, Turn-Of-River Presbyterian Church (Stamford, CT) and are accompanied by two poems, 'Torch' and 'Advent' Nollman wrote for her church.

Letter regarding New Bethlehem Inc.

File consists of a letter from Jean B. Healey, Director of New Bethlehem Inc., a community living in the spirit of L'Arche in Hingman, MA. The letter requests Nouwen's assistance in an appeal to Cardinal Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston, for the donation or rent of property to be accommodations for the New Bethlehem community.
The letter is accompanied by a sample letter to Cardinal Law and a pamphlet and Fact Sheet for New Bethlehem Inc.

Letter from New Call to Peacemaking

File consists of a letter from John K. Stoner writing on behalf of New Call to Peacemaking a cooperative program of brethren, friends and Mennonites committed to nonviolence and peacemaking within faith communities in Akron, PA. The letter requests Nouwen's permission to reprint the article 'Power, Powerlessness and Power' which appeared in 'Weavings' in 1995 for use in a study packet on domestic and international violence and nonviolent; a document explaining the themes of this study packet is enclosed with the letter.
A response letter from Kathy Christie, Nouwen's secretary, also appears in the file informing Stoner that the article has been made into a series of booklets and where to purchase and/or seek printing permission.

Letter from Vicky Nevares

File consists of a greeting card from Vicky Nevares thanking Nouwen for their recent visit with Father Xavier [Hinojosa?].

Letter from Paula Nesbitt

File consists of a birthday card from Paula Nesbitt presumably a member of the L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON) community.

Letter from Cathy Nelson

File consists of a greeting card from Cathy Nelson responding to Nouwen's writing and thanking him for the gift of one of his books.

Letter from Frank Netti

File consists of a letter from Frank Netti, an Investment Executive of First Albany Corporation, a stock and investment firm in Syracuse, NY. The letter requests a referral from Nouwen for a publisher or agent interested in his book idea on how to live a spiritual life in a secular world.
The letter was sent to Nouwen through his publisher, Cross Road Publication (New York, NY).

Letters from Sister Florence Nderitu

File consists of two letters from Sister Florence Nderitu writing from Kenya. Nderitu responds to Nouwen's books and thanks him for the gift of 'With Open Hands'. Nderitu also discusses the events before and after taking her final vows in April 1995.

Letter from Lynette C. Neil

File consists of one letter from Lynette C. Neil writing from the Chaplaincy Centre in New Zealand where she teaches youth with intellectual disabilities and acts a lay minister in the Anglican church. The letter requests to visit L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON) while attending the 1995 Congress on Pastoral Care (Toronto, ON).

Letter from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

File consists of a letter and symposium schedule from Duane Alexander and Donald Cohen writing on behalf of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a government institute that conducts and supports research related to health (Bethesda, MD). The letter requests Nouwen act as a speaker at their 1995 international symposium on intellectual disabilities.

Letter regarding the National Prayer Breakfast

File consists of a letter from Jim Abbott, member of Parliament for Kootenay East, BC inviting Nouwen to attend the 30th annual National Prayer Breakfast and submit the name of a local leader who would also benefit from attending the event. The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual ecumenical event, where men and women from differing backgrounds gather together with Canada's elected public officials to pray in the spirit of Jesus Christ for Canada.

Letter from the National Institute for Clergy Formation

File consists of a letter from Monsignor Andrew Cusack writing on behalf of the National Institute for Clergy Formation, a graduate university for Catholic priests at Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ). The letter requests Nouwen participate in the institute's 10th anniversary celebrations in 1997.

Letter from the National Catholic Education Association

File consists of a letter from Robert I. Colbert writing on behalf of the National Catholic Educational Association, a professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction and service to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the Church (Washington, DC). The letter requests Nouwen act as director for their 1996 day of reflection in Phoenix, AZ.

Letters from Judy Nasmith

File consists of two greeting cards and a letter from Judy Nasmith responding to Nouwen's books and updating Nouwen on events in her life.

Letter from Harold L. Myra

File consists of a letter from Harold L. Myra responding to Nouwen's recent article in 'Leadership' (Carol Stream, IL).

Letter from David Murphy

File consists of a postcard from David Murphy writing from Ireland about Joep [last name unknown]'s baptism, his ordination and L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON).

Letter from Russ Murphy

File consists of a letter from Russ Murphy responding to Nouwen's books and requesting a meeting at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON) to discuss chaplaincy.

Letter from Jean-Louis Munn

File consists of a letter from Jean-Louis Munn regarding the 50th anniversary celebrations at L'Arche Trosly (France) and friendship.

Letters from Reverend Wayne Muller

File consists of two letters from Reverend Wayne Muller, one thanking Nouwen for his gift of 'Here and Now'; the second updating Nouwen on events in his role as President of Bread for the Journey (Santa Fe, NM). The second letter is accompanied by two pamphlets, 'Bread for the Journey announces The Institute for Engaged Spirituality' and a Bread for the Journey 1994 Newsletter.

Letter from Deacon Thomas Mousley

File consists of a letter from Deacon Thomas Mousley regarding Nouwen's thoughts on sexual attraction and marriage to be used in Mousley's ministry for singles, the separated, widowed and divorced.

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