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Henri Nouwen fonds File
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Accompaniment: individual requests for etc. file

File consists of a letter from Gregory Tucker requesting to spend time at Daybreak. File also includes a handwritten note, not in Nouwen's hand, summarizing the letter and saying that Nouwen is OK with the stay, if Tucker agrees to work with the Daybreak residents. File also consists of a letter from Joe Egan, Kathy Bruner and Sue Mosteller to Nouwen asking him to look over a document to be presented to Council on accompaniment. Attached are Nouwen’s typed notes and thoughts on accompaniment.

Advent 1988 - making the circle full file

File consists of a copy of "Making the circle full" the 1988 Advent booklet for Daybreak, without pictures. File also contains original sketches to be inserted into the designated locations in the booklet.

Advent book 1994 file

File consists of a copy of the 1994 Advent book and copies of typed letters from Nouwen and The Pastoral Team.

Advent/Christmas at Daybreak 1987 file

File consists of materials pertaining to Advent activities at Daybreak in 1987, such as a copy of a typed letter from Nouwen to Joe Egan, Beth Porter, and Jim Foran in regards to Advent meditations for 1987 at Daybreak, two copies of Nouwen’s typed proposal for the Advent meditations, an original and copy of a series of sketches with a typed notes containing a passage for the Reconciliation Service on December 15, 1987 at Dayspring. The file also contains a prayer booklet created for December 1, 1987 Dayspring service.

American spirituality reading notes

File consists of eight pages of typed reading notes titled "Over Spiritualiteit in Amrika" [On Spirituality in America]. The notes place spirituality in political, social economic, and religious context in the United States. These notes were possibly taken from a Dutch book on American spirituality, and could have been used for a class or for research for an article.

Archives file

File consists of materials pertaining to L'Arche Daybreak, materials include a newspaper article, an article from Equinox, a off print of a dictionary entry for Arche written by Nouwen and a L'Arche Daybreak folder with Friends of L'Arche Board of Directors information for 1991-1992.

Manuscripts by Thomas Merton

  • CA ON00389 F4-12-1-14002-1, 14002-2
  • File
  • [mimeographed after 1968]
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of seventeen mimeographed copies of published and unpublished manuscripts written by Merton. Attached to several of the manuscripts are summaries of the work in Dutch. The file also contains a two page document describing Merton’s last recorded reflections and several of Merton's quotes by an unknown author. Mimeographed manuscripts have been arranged chronologically by the archivist and include:

File 14002-1:
“Isaac of Stella: An Introduction” - date unknown (38-238) 2 copies
“Is the World a Problem?” - April 1966 (38-238)
“Christian Humanism” - May 1966 (38-236)
“A Christian Looks at Zen” - July 1966 (38-237)
“Camus and the Catholic Church” - August 1966 (38-236)
“D.T. Suzuki: The Man and His Work” - August 1966 (38-237) 2 copies
“Love and Need: Is Love a Package or a Message?” - September 1966 (38-239)
“Three Saviors” - September 1966 (38-240)
“Faulkner and His Critics” - February 1967 (38-238)

File 14002-2:
“The Meaning of Malcolm X” - May 1967 (38-239)
“The Shoshoneans” - May 1967 (38-240)
“Camus: Journals of the Plague Years” - April 1967 (38-236)
“Openness and Cloister” - July 1967 (38-239) 2 copies
“The Hot Summer of Sixty-Seven” - August 1967 (38-238)
“Is the 'Contemplative Life' Finished?” - October 1967 (38-238)
“Conference on Prayer” - 1968 (38-237) 2 copies
“Monastic Experience and East-West Dialogue” - 1968 (38-239) 2 copies
“Merton View of Monasticism” - 1968 (38-239) (author unknown)

Materials created by Nouwen about the items collected on Merton

File consists of 34 typed 13 x 20 flash cards summarizing the material Nouwen collected on Merton, flash cards are in English. File also includes two typed summaries, in Dutch, of "Love and Solitude" and "The Monastic Theology of St. Aelred" as well as two black and white prints of Merton from 1941 and 1968.

Collected circus materials

File consists of a variety of materials related to the circus. Includes book lists in Dutch, sketches, a print price list, a copy of an excerpt from the book ‘A second birthday’ by William Stringfellow referring to the circus and a postcard picturing The Flying Rodleighs in action. The postcard is a promotion of the 1995/96 Wereld Sterren Circus. The file also consists of a long typed letter to The Flying Rodleighs from Nouwen dated May 14, 1991.

Circus decoupage

File consists of individual circus colour prints cut from a larger piece of paper, possibly wrapping paper, and glued to 8.5 x 11 sheets of white paper. File also includes a section of the larger paper the individual prints were taken from.

Circus programmes

File consists of six circus programmes dating from about 1993 to 1996. Three of the programmes are in German, two from ‘Circus Barum’ (ca. 1993 and ca. 1996) and one from ‘Der Grosse Asiatiche Circus’ (ca. 1993), three programmes are in Dutch from ‘Kerstcircus Ahoy 1994/1995’, ‘Wereld Sterren Circus 1995/1996’ and 'Circus Carré 1995'.

Materials about the trapeze by Steve Gossard

File consists of two versions of “A reckless era of aerial performance: The evolution of trapeze” a self-published book by Steve Gossard on the trapeze. The first book was printed in 1991 and bears an inscription to Nouwen from Gossard and the second is printed in 1994. Both books contain the article “Frank and the great leapers” by Gossard, published in Bandwagon, July/August 1990.

Interview typescript with Jon Griggs

File consists of an unbound copy of the typescript of the interview with Jon Griggs, catcher for The Flying Rodleighs, by Nouwen which occurred in November of 1991 in Kassel. Throughout this typescript Jon's name was incorrectly transcribed as John.

Interview typescript with Karlene Stevens

File consists of an unbound copy of the typescript of the interview with Karlene Stevens, the sister of Rodleigh Stevens, by Nouwen which occurred in November of 1991 in Kassel. This copy is the same draft as the draft in 14015, but it has different annotations.

Interview typescripts with Rodleigh Stevens

File consists of an unbound copy of the typescripts of the interview with Rodleigh Stevens by Nouwen, which occurred in November of 1991 in Kassel and which consists of two audio cassettes' worth of interview. File 14016-1 is the typescript of Tape 1 and file 14016-2 is the typescript of Tape 2. Throughout these typescripts Rodleigh Stevens' last name was incorrectly transcribed as Stephens.

Hiltner Articles – 1957

File consists of copies of articles written by Seward Hiltner in 1957. Date unknown as to when Nouwen collected the articles; possibly while he was at the University of Notre Dame.

Hiltner Articles – 1960

File consists of copies of articles written by Seward Hiltner in 1960. Date unknown as to when Nouwen collected the articles; possibly while he was at the University of Notre Dame.

Hiltner Articles – 1963

File consists of copies of articles written by Seward Hiltner in 1963. Date unknown as to when Nouwen collected the articles; possibly while he was at the University of Notre Dame.

Hiltner Articles – 1967

File consists of copies of articles written by Seward Hiltner in 1967. Date unknown as to when Nouwen collected the articles; possibly while he was at the University of Notre Dame.

Hiltner Articles – 1968-1971

File consists of copies of articles written by Seward Hiltner between 1968 and 1971. Date unknown as to when Nouwen collected the articles; possibly while he was at the University of Notre Dame. File also contains a bound article with personalized handwritten note to Nouwen from Hiltner.

Hiltner - Papers, Manuscripts

File consists of copies of two short manuscripts by Seward Hiltner entitled, “Religious Anxiety and Values (Self Understanding By S. Hiltner)” (Abingdon Press, New York 1951), and “Clinical Pastoral Education: An Appraisal 1960”.

Hiltner - Curriculum Vitae

File consists of a copy of a curriculum vitae or biography of Seward Hiltner, in paragraph form, describing Hiltner's career and education.

Nouwen correspondence regarding Hiltner

File consists of correspondence between A.J. Van Den Blink, V.R. (full name unknown) (librarians/archivists at the Menninger Clinic), and Nouwen, regarding Nouwen’s interest in listening to audio tapes of Seward Hiltner housed in the archives. File also includes two copies of a bibliography of articles (one of which with the heading: "Articles to be Xeroxed on Inter-library loan for H.J.M. Nouwen Psych Dept."; a list of typed and handwritten notes of articles by Seward Hiltner, requested by Nouwen; an original typed letter to the National Council of Churches from Nouwen requesting pamphlets in which Nouwen writes "I am presently involved in research concerning Seward Hiltner, and am trying to collect as many of his writings as possible," and a letter of response; a copy of a typed letter from Hiltner to Mrs. Kay M. McKinney, Memorial Library, University of Notre Dame, granting permission to copy one of his articles for Nouwen; and interlibrary loan slips for material relating to Nouwen’s research on Seward Hiltner.

Frequent flyer - Delta Air

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's SkyMiles, previously Delta Air Lines Frequent Flyer, account with Delta Airlines. Includes information booklets and pamphlets, correspondence, and statements.

Frequent flyer - general and cards

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's various Frequent Flyer accounts. Includes information pamphlets, information gathered on frequent flyer programs, correspondence, and membership cards. Airlines include Delta, United, Canadian, Air Canada, Northwest, and US Air.

Master Card, receipts

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's Master Card account. Includes account summary print-outs, statements, a card, information pamphlets, and an application form.

Retirement - financial overview

File consists of material regarding an overview of Nouwen's retirement plans. Includes correspondence and forms from Human Resources Development Canada, CPP (Canada Pension Plan), Union Trust, TIAA CREF (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund), The Mutual Group, and The Prudential.

Retirement Fund (US) TIAA CREF

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's retirement fund with TIAA CREF (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund). Includes correspondence, statements, annual reports and magazines. Also includes a copy of Margaret Sutton's Power of Attorney.

Royalty statements 1995 - 1996

File consists of print-outs of royalty information for several different publishers from 1995 - 1996. Some of these pages have handwritten notes by an assistant of Nouwen indicating total earnings or giving information about the royalties involved. Publishers are as follows:
Ave Maria Press (July 1995 - December 1995)
Bantam Books (July 1995 - December 31, 1995)
Crossroads Continuum (January 1, 1995 - June 6, 1995)
Continuum Publishing Co. (July 1, 1995 - December 31, 1995)
Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd. (Period ending February 20, 1996)
Doubleday (July 1, 1995 - December 31, 1995)
Harper Collins Publishers (July 1995 - December 31, 1995)
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. (October 1994 - March 31, 1995)
Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers (July 1995 - December 1995)
St. Anthony Messenger Press (July 1995 - December 1995)

Sabbatical - Henri's extended coverage

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's extended health insurance, travel insurance, RRSP contributions and L'Arche Daybreak expenses during his sabbatical from September 1995 to August 1996. Includes correspondence, notes from meetings, and information booklets. Also includes a list of Nouwen's expenses from September to December 1995.

Ukraine expenses

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's expenses during his trip to the Ukraine in August 1994. Includes copies of notes and receipts.

US invoices in US Dollars

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's invoices in US dollars that were paid. Includes invoices, correspondence, and some notes.

Visa - US

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's US Visa account with Chase. Includes receipts with notes, statements, correspondence, and information pamphlets. Also includes material regarding a refund from Air Canada to the Estate of Henri Nouwen involving Nouwen's Bank of Montreal Master Card.

Cash book 1982-1983

File consists of one cash book kept by Nouwen predominantly from September to December 1982 and March to June 1983. Includes a list of Nouwen's expenses by date and also expenses divided by category such as food, phone, travel, liturgical supplies and office supplies. Also includes entries regarding cash on hand, money exchanged, and exchange rates.

1990 royalty statements

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's 1990 royalty statements. Includes statements from Harper and Row, Ave Maria Press, and Credence publishers.

Nouwen tax return information 1991

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's 1991 income tax. Includes statements from Chase Visa credit card, Union Trust Master Card, Fleet Bank, and Connecticut Bank and Trust. Also includes receipts and invoices from 1991.

1991 tax return

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's 1991 income tax. Includes statements from the Mutual Group, Cambridge Trust Company, and Revenue Canada. Includes 1991 Tax Guides from Revenue Canada, statement of Income and Expenses for 1992, a copy of T1 General 1991 Income Tax Return, correspondence with Revenue Canada, and a copy of Joe Sarno's Power of Attorney.

1992 statements for taxes

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's 1992 income tax. Includes correspondence from Connie Ellis and Lydia Banducci including monthly summaries of expenses, copies of Bank of Montreal statements and deposit book. Also includes copies of some invoices and statements from Revenue Canada.

1993 tax information

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's 1993 tax return. Includes correspondence to Sarno from Nouwen's office. Includes royalty statements, retirement fund statements, donation receipts, and statements from Fleet Bank. Includes invoices for travel expenses, liturgical supplies, books, and couriers. Some material is original and some copies.

1993 tax return

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's 1993 tax return. Includes tax forms from Revenue Canada, Friends of L'Arche, banks, retirement funds, donation receipts, and publishers. Includes T1 General 1993 Tax Return forms, correspondence, and statements from Revenue Canada. Also includes the 1993 Tax Guide from Revenue Canada. Most of the materials are photocopies.

Miscellaneous correspondence 1994

File consists of material regarding Joe Sarno's correspondence. Includes correspondence to Sarno from Margaret Sutton regarding the monthly packages of documents; correspondence to Nouwen from Sarno, including statements of income and expenses for 1994; and correspondence to Sarno from various financial institutions, including TIAA CREF (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund), Cambridge Trust, Union Trust, and Master Card. Also includes a copy of Sarno's Power of Attorney.

July - December expenses 1994

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's expenses from July to December 1994. Includes Visa credit card statements, Master Card statements, and receipts with notes.

Additional expenses for 1994 tax return

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's additional expenses for Nouwen's 1994 tax return not purchased with a credit card. Includes receipts with notes from Nouwen's trips to the Netherlands and France in June and December 1994.

Chase Visa 1995 statements

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's Chase Visa credit card account. Includes statements and receipts with notes. Also includes statements from Fleet Bank.

Food and entertainment - 1987

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's 1987 food and entertainment expenses. Includes receipts with notes and invoices arranged by month.

Postage and courier - 1987

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's 1987 postage and courier expenses. Includes receipts with notes and invoices arranged by month.

Telephone - 1987

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's 1987 telephone expenses. Includes statements arranged by month.

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